Proceedings from Healthy Soils for Healthy Waters Symposium Published

Greenleaf Advisors, the Soil and Water Conservation Society, the Ohio State University, the University of Arkansas organized the Nutrient Management and Edge-of-Field Monitoring Conference in Memphis, TN in December 2015. 200+ of the nation’s agricultural leaders assembled at the Healthy Soils for Healthy Waters (HSHW) symposium to advance sustainable practices and supportive policies for feeding a growing world population while protecting the fertile soils and surrounding water resources we depend upon. Proceedings from this event were published as a Special Issue on Edge-of-Field Monitoring for Nutrient Losses in the Journal of Soil and Water Conservation (Jan/Feb 2018). Andy Ward, Andrew Sharpley, Kayla Miller, Warren Dick, James Hoorman, John Fulton, and Gregory A. LaBarge wrote this feature article on “An assessment of in-field nutrient best management practices for agricultural crop systems with subsurface...

Work on Public-Private Partnerships Initiative in the Great Lakes to address green stormwater infrastructure

Greenleaf Advisors has assisted Environmental Consulting and Technology (ECT) in evaluating market-based approaches to green infrastructure and to review reports including “Assessing the Market Size for Large-Scale Green Infrastructure in the Great Lakes Basin.” The P3GreatLakes Initiative, led by ECT and funded by the Great Lakes Protection Fund, addresses the investment gap between federal funding for infrastructure and actual infrastructure needs in the Great Lakes basin.

Innovation Delivers Sustainable Solutions – Greenleaf Fall Newsletter

Storm season is raging and infrastructure is failing, at times with dire consequences. In places, intelligent infrastructure provides secure, efficient, and economic energy and water services. This newsletter highlights a few of those innovative practices by Greenleaf’s clients as well as updates on board members and partners who retired this year to continue working on their passions.

Opti Stormwater Management Platform

Opti has developed a software services platform that manages water storage assets and release rates to mitigate stormwater problems, helping cities like Philadelphia address flooding issues. Greenleaf and its services partner, Pete Mulvaney, have been working with them to advise leaders in the Great Lakes, including those in Chicago, where Opti has begun establishing a network of intelligently managed waters storage systems in their Smart Green Infrastructure Monitoring...

[Board Member News] – EDF and the Illinois Future Energy Jobs Act

The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and its allies last year negotiated major clean-energy legislation – known as the Illinois Future Energy Jobs Act – that will double the state’s energy-efficiency portfolio, sparking some $15-billion of investment in new renewable projects, and target $750 million for clean-energy efforts in low-income communities. These changes – as well as investments in modern electric-grid controls and monitors – create new job opportunities and require new job skills. This video, prepared for Midwest Energy News, highlights several of those emerging employment prospects. Dick Munson is Director of Midwest Clean Energy at EDF and a Greenleaf Board...

John Andersen celebrates dedication of Trout Bay Conservation Area

On June 16 and 17, John Andersen joined Nature Conservancy of Canada and its many conservation partners from the U.S. and Canada to celebrate the dedication of Trout Bay Conservation Area on the North Shore of Lake Superior.  You can read more here about why those assembled have been working 15 years to protect these coastal lands and waters that support so many wide-ranging species and natural communities, including the Canada Lynx, grey wolf, peregrine falcon, arctic disjunct plants, and migratory birds. Read Wendy Cridland’s thoughtful piece on the importance of this area and it’s meaning to...

Green Infrastructure in the Great Lakes Basin

Greenleaf Advisors’ President, John Andersen, was pleased to review for publication Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc’s latest report Assessing the Market Size for Large-Scale Green Infrastructure in the Great Lakes Basin. The report, funded by the Great Lakes Protection fund, evaluates “enabling private financing or private delivery to expand the use of green infrastructure in the Great Lakes basin.”