Greenest Region Compact 2In 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
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.
Northfield was recently awarded a grant from the US Forest Service’s Urban and Community Forestry Program for a comprehensive tree inventory. A tree inventory provides complete knowledge of Village-owned trees including GIS location, species, genera, size, and condition. An inventory will enable 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 will help 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. Now is the ideal time for the Village to conduct a tree inventory because Northfield’s urban forest has changed drastically in the past few years. The Village lost approximately 350 trees to the Emerald Ash Borer and added over 400 new trees on the reconstructed Willow Road right-of-way.