For over fifteen years, Delta has served as a catalyst for environmental sustainability and economic development across the Great Lakes region. We have a track record tackling some of our region’s toughest environmental challenges, driving systems change, and promoting economic development. We do this by:
Everything we do is grounded in the understanding that environmental and economic sustainability are two sides of the same coin, and their achievement benefits the region’s people and communities.
Delta’s long-range vision is a Great Lakes region that is economically strong and environmentally resilient.
Delta works in partnership with business, government and communities in the Great Lakes region to create and implement innovative, market-driven solutions that build environmental resilience, economic vitality and healthy communities.
Our Agricultural and Market Experience
In 2005, Delta Institute launched its Carbon Program to help Illinois and Michigan farmers and forest owners sell their carbon credits on the Chicago Climate Exchange platform. Over 5 years, the program expanded to 18 states and returned over $2 million to landowners as a result of Delta trading over 650,000 tons of carbon emissions stored in soils and trees. The Nitrogen Credit Program builds off of this pioneering work to help farmers implement sustainable agricultural practices.
The Delta Nitrogen Credit Program Team
Ryan Anderson, Ecological Economist
Ryan 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. Before joining Delta in 2007, Ryan conducted policy and economic research at World Relief and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. He holds a B.S. in Finance from North Park University and an M.A. in Ecological Economics from the University of Leeds.
Matt Harrison, Technical Associate
Matt Harrison provides programmatic and technical support across Delta’s project portfolio, including carbon and nutrient trading, energy efficiency, and incentives and strategies for emission reductions and waste diversion. Prior to Delta, Matt designed conservation incentives and engagement strategies for private landowners to conserve forestland and improve water quality. Matt holds a B.A. in Politics from the University of California-Santa Cruz and an M.S. in Policy and Conservation Ecology from the University of Michigan.
Maggie Marquis, Project Manager
Maggie Marquis is a Project Manager at Delta, leading several projects within the Ecosystems Stewardship priority area. Her work focuses on water quality, greenhouse gas reductions, and improving environmental outcomes from agriculture. Prior to joining Delta she worked on issues related to international agricultural development and global food security with The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, the FAO and the Global Forum for Agricultural Research. She holds a B.A. from Vanderbilt University and an M.A. from the University of Sussex.
Bill Schleizer, Managing Director
Bill serves as Managing Director, overseeing project management, finance, administrative and development strategy 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. He holds a B.S. in Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology and Environmental Studies from Tulane University and an M.S. in Environmental Analysis and Decision Making from Rice University.