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 Member December 31, 2022
Nicholas Boehning Youth Voting Member 2020-2021 School Year
Lucy Menssen Youth Non-Voting Member 2020-2021 School Year

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Name Title Phone number
Beth Kallestad Program Coordinator 507-645-3074
Cindy Stock Clerical Liaison 507-645-3020
Vacant Council liaison (ex officio)  


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.

2019 accomplishments

  • 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

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