The Kinship Webinar Series
Impact-driven Strategies for Agricultural Conservation
The Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins offer precious environmental, economic, and cultural resource for those who live in the Midwest, but their health is threatened by a number of environmental challenges, including excessive nutrient pollution and sedimentation, both byproducts of our region’s agricultural industry. During this webinar, Delta Institute’s Ryan Anderson and Bill Schleizer will talk about how they are taking a proactive and results-driven approach, working directly with farmers, and creating new performance-based programs and incentives to reduce nutrient runoff and sedimentation in our regional watersheds.
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Bill Schleizer, Delta Institute Managing Director, overseeing project strategy development and implementation across the organization. He leads several project areas, including those related to climate, agriculture, water and ecosystems and also provides expertise and technical assistance directly related to Delta’s strategic priority areas. Bill has been involved in numerous carbon trading, water quality and ecosystem services projects in his 10+ years at Delta, including the implementation and management of the Delta Carbon Program. He currently serves as a Trustee on the Tree Research and Education Endowment (TREE) Fund, and is a member of the Vital Lands Illinois network serving on the Working Group in 2014 and the Ad Hoc committee in early 2015. He holds a BS in Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology and Environmental Studies from Tulane University and an MS in Environmental Analysis and Decision Making from Rice University.
Ryan Anderson is an ecological economist at Delta Institute, and he implements technical and analytical functions across Delta’s strategic focus areas. He is instrumental in fostering new projects and partnerships, particularly around agriculture and payments for ecosystem services, and in applying a systems lens to Delta’s projects. Ryan plays a key role in Delta’s ecosystems projects and has deep expertise in valuation strategies. Before joining Delta in 2007, Ryan conducted policy and economic research at World Relief and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. He is a member of the Chicago Advocates for Urban Agriculture Steering Committee and holds a B.S. in Finance from North Park University and a M.A. in Ecological Economics from the University of Leeds.
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