Environmental Quality Commission

Environmental Quality Commission 2020


Third Wednesday of each month
7:00 p.m.

City Hall
Council Chambers
801 Washington St.
Northfield, MN 55057

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Name Title Term expiration
Bruce Anderson Chair December 31, 2022
Daniel Jones Member December 31, 2023
Evan Pak Member December 31, 2021
Janet Petri Member December 31, 2021
Mateo Trujillo Member December 31, 2023
Mika Turner Member December 31, 2022
Michael Zenner Vice Chair December 31, 2022
Nicholas Boehning Youth Voting Member 2020-2021 School Year
Lucy Menssen Youth Non-Voting Member 2020-2021 School Year


Name Title Phone number
Beth Kallestad Program Coordinator 507-645-3074
Cindy Stock Clerical Liaison 507-645-3020
Vacant Council liaison (ex officio) Not available


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.

Membership requirements

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.


  1. Apply for a board, commission, or task force

    Applications are also available at:

    City Hall
    801 Washington Street
    Northfield, MN 55057

    Northfield Public Library
    210 Washington Street
    Northfield, MN 55057

  1. 2020 accomplishments
  2. 2019 accomplishments

Despite having to pause a few meetings due to the pandemic, in 2020 the commission worked on a variety of projects and efforts with an overall theme of supporting the newly adopted Climate Action Plan (CAP). As the Climate Action Plan Advisory Board dissolved after the plan was adopted, the commission took on the role of oversight for implementation of the plan. Each of the six commission members served in a connecting role with residents and volunteers who are working on projects in the following six areas: 

  • Energy
  • Land Use/Urban Forest
  • Transportation
  • Materials & Waste
  • Food
  • Water


  • Updated the city’s noxious weed ordinance to address invasive plants
  • Supported the Carbon Reduction Fund to assist with implementation of the Climate Action Plan  
  • Supported resolution of federal carbon fee legislation (will go to City Council in early 2021)

Projects working on next year

  • Updating city’s Dark Sky policy to address blue-rich light and sending recommendations to the Planning Commission
  • Developing a zero-waste plan, beginning with a plan for single-use plastics
  • Collaborating with Planning Commission and city staff on creating a single “approved tree list”