Green Initiatives

Greenest Region Compact 2

In 2016 the Village Board passed a resolution adopting the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus’ Greenest Region Compact 2, becoming the first village in the North Shore to do so. The Compact’s goal is to guide local sustainability efforts throughout the region.

The Compact measures communities’ progress in a number of areas, including land, municipal operations, mobility, waste and water. Northfield has made great progress in many of these areas in the past few years. For example, one of the Compact’s goals is to “support safe and effective active transportation; and manage water system assets sustainably.” The recently adopted Northfield Road Corridor Plan aligns perfectly with this goal.

In addition to the adoption of the Northfield Road Corridor Plan, the study noted a number of the Village’s environmental achievements including, but not limited to: 
  • Curbside composting and recycling programs
  • Electricity aggregation program with renewable energy options
  • Energy efficiency grants
  • Farmers’ Markets
  • Planting over 1,000 trees along the Willow Road corridor
  • Public electric vehicle charging stations
  • Rain barrel program
  • Tree City USA & Growth awards 
To date, 63 communities in the Chicago region have formally adopted the Compact. The Compact was built after carefully studying current sustainability initiatives underway by communities and regional sustainability plans. Click here for more information about the Greenest Region Compact 2. 

Village staff recently completed the accompanying framework document, which provides suggested objectives, strategies, and tools to help communities achieve the goals of the Greenest Region Compact 2.  This completed framework will help the Village assess our current initiatives, select suitable goals and actions, and tailor objectives and strategies to these needs.  Click here to view Northfield's completed framework.


Did you know that over 40% of all edible food in the U.S. is thrown away?  Composting is the natural process of recycling this organic waste and is the most ecologically friendly way to dispose of food scraps, creating a nutrient-rich soil amendment.  Northfield has partnered with Waste Management to offer curbside composting as an additional optional service that is collected with yard waste. For more information, click here.

Tree Inventory

In 2018 Northfield completed a tree inventory, which was awarded grant funding from the US Forest Service’s Urban and Community Forestry Program.  A tree inventory provides complete knowledge of Village-owned trees including GIS location, species, genera, size, and condition.  The inventory enables Village staff to effectively guide residents in identifying optimal planting spaces and improve species diversity by targeting areas in need of diverse plantings, allowing the Village to maintain and grow a healthy, stable, and productive urban forest.  In addition, an inventory helps the Village determine short and long-term tree management and canopy goals and help employees identify trees that will be impacted by private and public construction projects in order to require proper protections.