Environmental sustainability is a top priority for the City of Northfield. Climate Change Impacts was one of six priorities in our 2018-2020 Strategic Plan. As such, we adopted a Climate Action Plan on November 5, 2019. The plan and supporting documents are provided below.

The Climate Action Plan is focused around six topic areas: Energy, Food, Land Use, Materials & Waste, Transportation and Water. The plan itself has two main areas – mitigation and resiliency/adaptation.

To learn more about actions taking place and resources:

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What is sustainability?

Sustainability is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. It considers a larger approach to decision-making by determining ahead of time how policies and actions affect people, the environment and our economy.

GreenStep Cities

In 2021, the City of Northfield achieved the Step 5 level of GreenStep Cities. Many of the items in the city’s Climate Action Plan will be tied to Green Step Cities efforts.

See Northfield’s GreenStep details

See Northfield's and other cities' progress using the GreenStep Cities Metrics


If you are interested in helping the city advance our Climate Action Plan considering serving on our Environmental Quality Commission. 

Learn about the Environmental Quality Commission.

If you would like to volunteer in other ways please contact Beth Kallestad, Program Coordinator, for current opportunities.

  1. Beth Kallestad

    Program Coordinator
    Phone: 507-645-3074

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