Sustainability

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:

Subscribe to the quarterly Sustainability News

Listen to the podcast Sustainable Northfield

Watch recorded videos and webinars

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

The City of Northfield participates in the Green Step Cities program and is currently a Step 4 city. Many of the items in the city’s Climate Action Plan will be tied to Green Step Cities efforts.

See Northfield’s GreenStep details

Volunteer

Carrying out our Climate Action Plan will take support and action across the community. The Environmental Quality Commission (EQC) is providing oversight of the Climate Action Plan and helping to organize groups of volunteers interested in the topic areas of: Energy, Transportation, Land Use/Urban Forest, Materials & Waste, Food and Water. If you would like to be connected with volunteers working in this areas please fill out the form below and we will connect you.

Sign up to volunteer

  1. Rice County Native Planting

    It’s time to plan for rain gardens

    Join Cannon River Watershed Partnership (CRWP) and City of Northfield staff to learn about the benefits of rain gardens, and how to plan and install your own rain garden on Thursday, March 18, 6 to 9 p.m. at Northfield High School. Rain garden...
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