On November 5, 2019, the Northfield City Council adopted the Climate Action Plan as part of a priority to work on climate change impacts established in the city’s 2018-2020 Strategic Plan. The goals from the Climate Action Plan for Northfield are to have 100% carbon-free electricity by 2030 and be a 100% carbon-free community by 2040.
“This is an ambitious plan, which builds on the actions Northfielders have been taking for decades to improve their quality of life, save money and improve the environment,” commented Beth Kallested, Program Coordinator, who is leading implementation efforts for the City. “We realize achieving these goals will take continued effort by all residents, businesses, institutions and the City itself.”
The plan was developed by residents who were appointed to the Climate Action Plan Advisory Board, city staff and consultants from the Great Plains Institute. Public input was solicited at several points in the process.
“Northfield residents have long been committed to sustainability and climate action,” said Abby Finis, senior energy planner with the Great Plains Institute which helped create the action plan. “The passion and dedication that was brought to this plan provides the foundation for successful implementation. It was an honor to be part of this process and help the community realize its vision.”
The City is participating in the Xcel Energy program Partners in Energy, which lays out a variety of actions to reduce energy use and increase savings. Currently, the City is promoting Home Energy Squad visits to help homeowners understand actions they can take in their homes. Upcoming programs for 2020 include the Renewable Energy Challenge, Electric Vehicle Ride & Drive events, small business energy blitz, a large consumer energy cohort and much more.
To read the Climate Action Plan, subscribe to news updates about it, join the Energy Action Team and promote energy projects or to get more information, go to sustainability page ci.northfield.mn.us/Sustainability