Project Type: Research
Client: City of Northfield
In partnership with LHB, the Great Plains Institute led the development of the City of Northfield’s Climate Action Plan: Carbon Free 2040. The plan was adopted November 2019 by the City Council. The final plan commits to achieving 100% carbon-free electricity by 2030 and being a 100% carbon-free community by 2040. Developed in deep collaboration with the community members of Northfield, the plan underwent multiple rounds of community engagement during development. The final plan demonstrates Northfield’s commitment to both emission reductions and climate change mitigation, as well as adaptation and resilience. Great Plains Institute directly supported city staff during outreach and engagement with diverse community members, including local students from both local high schools, as well as the two universities in the city.
The plan includes strategies to enhance the resilience of the community by cultivating and supporting social cohesion, forward-looking stormwater management and infrastructure planning, 21st century electric grid updates, and supporting local food efforts. The actions outlined address six core areas: materials and waste, energy, land, food, water and wastewater, and transportation. Strategies and actions were aimed at emissions reduction potential as well as implications for equity and community priorities. The plan also set forward an explicit implementation agenda with responsibilities for both the city and community members to collaborate on climate action.
The full report can be read here.