About Greenleaf Communities

Greenleaf Communities was established as a nonprofit organization to advance a healthy and sustainable world. We design and support sound scientific research led by some of the country’s leading experts on the environment in order to provide solutions concerning the health and well-being of society.

Visit our affiliated organization, Greenleaf Advisors, a consulting and transaction-services firm that builds sustainable enterprises and communities by bridging them to the resources and strategies they need to develop in a healthy way.


Our programs focus on addressing the environmental sources of human health concerns. Therefore, the research we support investigates the most basic and important natural resources we have: the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the soils which provide the food we eat.


Greenleaf’s strength lies within its staff, board, and service partners. Our interdisciplinary teams integrate environmental factors and human health goals into all of our research projects.


Your donations enable our work to advance healthy environments for healthy people. They are what allows us to continue building and working with projects integral to the protection of natural resources and human health.

Program Priorities

Healthy Soils

Our healthy soils program focuses on agricultural management practices to improve soil health, sequester carbon, reduce nutrient runoff, conserve water, and improve crop quality. We collaborate with industry, research centers, agencies, and environmental organizations to advance management practices.

Sustainable Water

Our water work focuses on protecting water quality and quantity both in the urban and rural/agricultural landscapes by influencing coordinated regional water management and water conservation practices, and by engaging innovative technologies, industry and research centers.

Healthy Climate

Our climate and atmospheric resources are under threat from rising greenhouse gas emissions and unsustainable land use changes. We are bringing leading climate science and economic analysis to the U.S. policy debates on carbon pricing.