The City of Northfield Environmental Quality Commission (EQC) advises on matters concerning environmental quality and natural resources, including the implementation of the environmental policy enacted by ordinance.
Researched and developed draft ordinances around the topics of Dark Skies and adding an invasive species component to the noxious weed ordinance
Reviewed and learned about the city’s Land Development Code, Waste Water Treatment Plant upgrades and energy use, and city water usage. This last item also has social justice implications as the group learned that water is sometimes left running in some manufactured homes due to pipe freezing concerns. This has led to work with Growing Up Healthy and efforts to provide weatherization and energy efficiency upgrades in some manufactured homes
Reviewed the city’s waste and recycling contract with DSI
Considered ways to manage our urban forest
Climate Action Plan
The biggest item the Environmental Quality Commission worked on in 2019 was the Climate Action Plan.
Led by the Climate Action Plan Advisory Board, a group of nine residents who assisted staff and a consultant
Participated in many meetings, draft review and recommended the final document to City Council
In 2020, Environmental Quality Commission will be the lead city group to monitor progress on the Climate Action Plan
The commission consists of seven members appointed by the mayor and approved by the City Council. Each member serves a three-year term. There is a consecutive three-term limit. Members do not receive monetary compensation.