City Detail

Background Information

City of Northfield
County: Rice,Dakota
Population: 20007
GreenStep City category: A
Full-time equivalent city staff (approx.): 91
Participating township, county, school:

GreenStep Coordinator

Beth Kallestad
City Staff
507-645-3074
City web page relating to sustainability/GreenStep activities:
GreenStep City resolution: Click here to view the file.
GreenStep City status and date: STEP 3 ( )

City Assessment Files and City Performance Metrics

City councils pass a resolution to join the GreenStep program and are recognized at Step 1. Step 2 and Step 3 recognition levels reflect completed city actions, reported and rated below with stars (1 star = good, 2 stars = better, 3 stars = best). The Assessment File below summarizes completed city actions in a short Word file. Step 4 recognition is awarded to cities who report a minimum number of core metrics for the previous calendar year. These metrics aim to show the aggregate, quantitative results of taking multiple GreenStep actions. Step 5 cities show improvement in the Step 4 metrics. See yearly data for Steps 4&5. Additional city data can be found by reviewing information on B3 Benchmarking and Regional Indicators Initiative.

Assessment File

Best Practice Actions Underway and Completed

Completed actions are denoted by stars.

Total completed actions: 52
1 star actions: 28
2 star actions: 13
3 star actions: 10

Buildings and Lighting Buildings and Lighting

Efficient Existing Public Buildings {BP no.1}

1 star - Action 1:

Enter building information into the Minnesota B3 Benchmarking database and routinely enter monthly energy, water use data for all city-owned buildings.

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
Through the Class 5 Energy (C5E) pilot the City of Northfield has been selected to partake in, C5E has input our energy bills into the B3 program for the Liquor Store, City Hall, WWTP, Arena, Library, and Pool. They have also input all our data into the Energy Star website.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
We will be actively be comparing the baselines in the B3 database to the City's baselines once the pilot becomes more mature.
Descriptive File:
Class 5 Energy
For more information contact:
Beth Kallestad (City staff) | beth.kallestad@ci.northfield.mn.us | 507-645-3074
2 star - Action 2:

Make no/low cost indoor lighting and operational changes in city-owned/school buildings to reduce energy costs.

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Implementation details:
The City replaced all existing windows in City Hall with higher efficiency replacements.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Noticeable decrease in temperature fluctuation with the seasons. Decreased energy consumption. Removed annual winter frost layers from interior of window sill.
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Beth Kallestad (City staff) | beth.kallestad@ci.northfield.mn.us | 507-645-3074
1 star - Action 4:

Implement information technology efforts and city employee engagement to reduce plug loads, building energy use and workflow efficiency.

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
This marketing material has been disbursed within the city in an attempt the reduce plug loads and reduce building energy use. We also have marketing materials for coffee makers and microwaves.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
We will be evaluating our energy consumption based on the previous years baseline compared to after we implement some of these BMPs.
Descriptive File: view file
Class 5 Energy
For more information contact:
Beth Kallestad (City staff) | beth.kallestad@ci.northfield.mn.us | 507-645-3074

Efficient Existing Private Buildings {BP no.2}

1 star - Action 5:

Conserve/protect drinking/groundwater resources by creating a water-wise landscaping ordinance/guidance, WaterSense purchasing program, or guidance on rainwater harvesting and home water softener use.

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
Chapter 34, Article 3.6 goes into detail about water-wise landscaping and guidance.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Beth Kallestad (City staff) | beth.kallestad@ci.northfield.mn.us | 507-645-3074

Efficient Outdoor Lighting and Signals {BP no.4}

3 star - Action 2:

Purchase LEDs for all future street lighting and traffic signals.

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Implementation details:
We replace street lights with LED lights when repairs are needed. All new street lights are LED
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Beth Kallestad (City staff) | beth.kallestad@ci.northfield.mn.us | 507-645-3074
2 star - Action 4:

Coordinate traffic signals and/or optimize signal timing so as minimize car idling at intersections yet maintain safe and publicly acceptable vehicle speeds.

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
The only corridor in Northfield where traffic lights are located is on MN TH3. These signals have been optimized by MNDOT and detectors have been installed in all six signal locations. Just recently we incorporated a safe bicycle crossing signal detector at TH3 & Second Street. This allows bicycles to trigger the light as well more efficiently.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
We have received great feedback from the bicycle community about the bicycle light sensor. The other sensors have been installed for three years or longer. We are also working with MNDOT to implement a flashing yellow turn signal on the TH3 and Woodley intersection.
Descriptive File: view file
MNDOT
For more information contact:
Beth Kallestad (City staff) | beth.kallestad@ci.northfield.mn.us | 507-645-3074
3 star - Action 8:

Replace the city's existing traffic signals with LEDs.

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Implementation details:
All traffic signals in Northfield have had their bulbs replaced with LED bulbs.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Lower energy consumption.
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Beth Kallestad (City staff) | beth.kallestad@ci.northfield.mn.us | 507-645-3074

Building Redevelopment {BP no.5}

2 star - Action 1:

Adopt an historic preservation ordinance/regulations and encourage adaptive reuse.

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
Chapter 34, Article 4.5 indicates the use of a Heritage Preservation Commission that submits an annual report. This annual report identifies historic buildings that have been re purposed. These buildings are typically in our Downtown area. For example, the historic Depot site is being moved to another site adjacent to the Railroad where is will be repurposed as a transit hub building.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
Save the Northfield Depot
For more information contact:
Beth Kallestad (City staff) | beth.kallestad@ci.northfield.mn.us | 507-645-3074
3 star - Action 2:

Implement the Minnesota Main Street model for commercial revitalization.

Date action report first entered:
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Year action initially completed: 2018
Implementation details:
The City of Northfield is a Designated Minnesota Main Street Community. The City contracts the work for this through the Northfield Downtown Development Corporation.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Beth Kallestad (City staff) | beth.kallestad@ci.northfield.mn.us | 507-645-3074
1 star - Action 5:

Adopt development/design standards and programs that facilitate infill, redevelopment, and adaptable buildings.

Date action report first entered:
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Year action initially completed: 2015
Implementation details:
Updated downtown C1 zoning. Has strong compatibility standards, waives off-street parking requirements and mandates non-developed space as green space, public plaza or outdoor seating.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Beth Kallestad (City staff) | beth.kallestad@ci.northfield.mn.us | 507-645-3074

Land Use Land Use

Comprehensive, Climate and Energy Plans {BP no.6}

1 star - Action 1:

Adopt a comprehensive plan or (for Category B & C cities) adopt a future land use plan that was adopted by the county or a regional entity.

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
Northfield Comprehensive Plan adopted by resolution 2008-139 on November 17, 2008.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Beth Kallestad (City staff) | beth.kallestad@ci.northfield.mn.us | 507-645-3074
2 star - Action 2:

Demonstrate that regulatory ordinances comply with the comprehensive plan including but not limited to having the zoning ordinance explicitly reference the comprehensive plan as the foundational document for decision making.

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Implementation details:
Article 2. - Zoning Districts and Use Regulations makes reference to our comprehensive plan fourteen times. In the code, the locations of reference are: 2.2.1, 2.3.1, 2.3.2, 2.3.3, 2.3.4, 2.3.5, 2.3.6, 2.3.7, 2.3.9, 2.4.2, 2.4.3, 2.4.4, 2.6.1, and 2.6.2.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Our comprehensive plan is heavily embedded and referenced in our zoning code.
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Beth Kallestad (City staff) | beth.kallestad@ci.northfield.mn.us | 507-645-3074

Design for Natural Resource Conservation {BP no.10}

1 star - Action 1:

Conduct a Natural Resource Inventory or Assessment (NRI or NRA); incorporate protection of priority natural systems or resources such as groundwater through the subdivision or development process.

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Implementation details:
Council approved to receive and adopt the findings of the 2005 Natural Resource Inventory. This can be found in motion M2005-0120.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
This document is used in the decision making process when evaluating land use options.
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Beth Kallestad (City staff) | beth.kallestad@ci.northfield.mn.us | 507-645-3074
2 star - Action 2:

For cities outside or on the fringe of metropolitan areas, conduct a build-out analysis, fiscal impact study, or adopt an urban growth boundary and a consistent capital improvement plan that provides long-term protection of natural resources and natural systems, and agricultural practices outside the boundary.

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Implementation details:
An urban expansion area is described on Map 4.1 of our Comprehensive Plan. This is a Council approved document. In 2013, the urban expansion area was updated per a request from MNDOT and was presented to the Planning Commission where it was approved for submittal. This more current version has not been Council approved, but will be incorporated in the next iteration of the Comprehensive Plan, which is scheduled to be completed in 2018.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Beth Kallestad (City staff) | beth.kallestad@ci.northfield.mn.us | 507-645-3074

Transportation Transportation

Living Streets {BP no.11}

3 star - Action 1:

Adopt a complete streets policy, or a living streets policy, which addresses landscaping and stormwater.

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Implementation details:
Council passed our Complete Streets Policy on July 17, 2012.

The purpose of this Policy is to design surface transportation corridors that balance the
needs of all users while implementing the principles of the Comprehensive Plan of
enhancing Northfield's sense of place and creating a highly connected multi-modal
transportation network. As part of developing pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure
through the implementation of this Complete Streets, Northfield intends and expects to
realize long -term cost savings in improved public health, better environmental
stewardship, reduced fuel consumption, and reduced demand for motor vehicle
infrastructure through the implementation of this Complete Streets policy. Complete Streets also contribute to walkable neighborhoods which can foster interaction, create a sense of community pride and improve quality of life.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Beth Kallestad (City staff) | beth.kallestad@ci.northfield.mn.us | 507-645-3074
1 star - Action 3:

Modify a street in compliance with the city's complete streets policy.

Date action report first entered:
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Year action initially completed: 2012
Implementation details:
The 2016 Woodley Street reconstruction project we incorporated narrowing the road and adding bumpouts. This project also added sidewalk to both sides of the street.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Promoting and enhancing safety for walkers and bikers.
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Beth Kallestad (City staff) | beth.kallestad@ci.northfield.mn.us | 507-645-3074
1 star - Action 6:

Implement traffic calming policy/measures, including lane conversions (road diets), roundabouts, shared space and depaving, in at least one street redevelopment project.

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Implementation details:
During the 2013 Maple Street Reclamation project, we incorporated bump-outs, intersection markings, and narrower lane widths on the intersection of Maple Street and Sibley Street.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
We have had positive public feedback regarding the changes to that intersection and will use this model moving forward on similar intersections.
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Beth Kallestad (City staff) | beth.kallestad@ci.northfield.mn.us | 507-645-3074

Mobility Options {BP no.12}

1 star - Action 1:

Increase walking, biking and transit use by one or more of the following means:

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Implementation details:
This map was developed in 2008 and will be updated shortly to incorporate suggested biking routes from the local organization Bike Northfield.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
Bike Northfield
For more information contact:
Beth Kallestad (City staff) | beth.kallestad@ci.northfield.mn.us | 507-645-3074
1 star - Action 6:

Add/expand transit service, or promote car/bike sharing.

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Implementation details:
Northfield Lines established express bus service to the metro in October of 2009. The Northfield Grassroots Transit Initiative helped initiate the new service and continues to promote it.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
The Metro Express had 20,000 riders in their first year of operation.
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Beth Kallestad (City staff) | beth.kallestad@ci.northfield.mn.us | 507-645-3074

Efficient City Fleets {BP no.13}

1 star - Action 2:

Right-size/down-size the city fleet with the most fuel-efficient vehicles that are of an optimal size and capacity for their intended functions.

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Implementation details:
The Wastewater Department evaluated their fleet of vehicles and made the decision to eliminate a 3/4 Ton Pickup truck and replace it with a more efficient Ford Cmax compact car.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
The Cmax is very efficient and has decreased fuel consumption on a daily basis. This vehicle is the primary vehicle used to commute to meetings at City Hall (2 miles away)
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Beth Kallestad (City staff) | beth.kallestad@ci.northfield.mn.us | 507-645-3074
3 star - Action 4:

Phase in bike, e-bike, foot or horseback modes for police, inspectors and other city staff.

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Implementation details:
The Public Safety Department has incorporated bike and foot patrols into their patrol routines. Also, the GIS department has a bicycle that is used to collect GPS data on existing street structures.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
One police officer, now retired lost over 50 lbs of weight by volunteering to be on bike patrol. Fuel consumption has went down by incorporating bike patrols and general public awareness of bike safety has increased.
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Beth Kallestad (City staff) | beth.kallestad@ci.northfield.mn.us | 507-645-3074

Environmental Management Environmental Management

Sustainable Purchasing {BP no.15}

2 star - Action 1:

Adopt a sustainable purchasing policy or administrative guidelines/practices directing that the city purchase at least:

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Implementation details:
Northfield City Council passed Resolution 2015-034 requiring the purchase of Energy Star compliant appliances and to continue purchasing paper that contains at least 30% post consumer waste.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
As appliances, light bulbs, and other Energy Star items need replacement, an Energy Star replacement will be used.
Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Beth Kallestad (City staff) | beth.kallestad@ci.northfield.mn.us | 507-645-3074
2 star - Action 2:

Purchase energy used by city government - via the municipal utility, green tags, community solar garden, 3rd party - with a higher renewable percentage than required by Minnesota law.

Date action report first entered:
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Year action initially completed: 2017
Implementation details:
The City of Northfield has subscribed to a Community Solar Garden through CleanChoice Energy (originally MN Community Solar) as of August 2017. This subscription provides electricity for approximately 80% of the City buildings in Rice County. The WWTP is in Dakota County and was not eligible to be part of the subscription.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Beth Kallestad (City staff) | beth.kallestad@ci.northfield.mn.us | 507-645-3074
1 star - Action 4:

Require purchase of U.S. EPA WaterSense-certified products.

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Implementation details:
Northfield City Council passed Resolution 2015-035 requiring the purchase of EPA WaterSense certified products.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
During future renovation projects, EPA WaterSense products will be purchased.
Descriptive File: view file
EPA
For more information contact:
Beth Kallestad (City staff) | beth.kallestad@ci.northfield.mn.us | 507-645-3074
1 star - Action 5:

Set minimum standards for the percentage of recycled-content material in asphalt and roadbed aggregate or other construction materials, and for compost and warm mix asphalt use.

Date action report first entered:
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Year action initially completed: 2016
Implementation details:
All of Northfields paving projects follow MnDOT's spec's on recycled asphalt.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Beth Kallestad (City staff) | beth.kallestad@ci.northfield.mn.us | 507-645-3074

Community Forests and Soils {BP no.16}

1 star - Action 1:

Certify as a Tree City USA.

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Implementation details:
The City of Northfield is certified for 2014 and has been a member for 15 years.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Beth Kallestad (City staff) | beth.kallestad@ci.northfield.mn.us | 507-645-3074
1 star - Action 3:

Budget for and achieve resilient urban canopy/tree planting goals.

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Implementation details:
Chapter 34, Article 3.6 goes into great detail about budgeting for and achieving urban tree canopy planting goals.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Beth Kallestad (City staff) | beth.kallestad@ci.northfield.mn.us | 507-645-3074
3 star - Action 5:

Adopt a tree preservation or native landscaping ordinance.

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Implementation details:
Chapter 34, Article 3.6 describes our tree preservation and native landscaping ordinance.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Beth Kallestad (City staff) | beth.kallestad@ci.northfield.mn.us | 507-645-3074
2 star - Action 6:

Build community capacity to protect existing trees by one or more of:

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Implementation details:
We have three certified tree inspectors on staff and they are supervised by lead tree inspector TJ Heinricy.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
The City can more efficiently manage our urban forests by having trained inspectors on staff.
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Beth Kallestad (City staff) | beth.kallestad@ci.northfield.mn.us | 507-645-3074

Stormwater Management {BP no.17}

1 star - Action 3:

Adopt by ordinance one or more of the following stormwater infiltration/management strategies:

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Implementation details:
This ordinance was passed on 8/17/2009 and has been joined utilized in our MS4 permit application.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
We have had the ability to monitor and enforce sediment and erosion control measures associated with individual SWPPP permits.
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Beth Kallestad (City staff) | beth.kallestad@ci.northfield.mn.us | 507-645-3074
1 star - Action 4:

Create a stormwater utility that uses variable fees to incentivize stormwater infiltration, minimize the volume of and pollutants in runoff, and educate property owners.

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
A stormwater utility was established in 2011, rating properties on land use and residential equivalency factors.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
We now have income generated in our Stormwater fund that helps fund City staff, stormwater pond cleanout projects, and stormwater maintenance tasks.
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Beth Kallestad (City staff) | beth.kallestad@ci.northfield.mn.us | 507-645-3074
1 star - Action 5:

Adopt and implement guidelines or design standards/incentives for at least one of the following stormwater infiltration/reuse practices:

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2012
Implementation details:
City of Northfield started providing incentives for city property owners to enhance stormwater collection and infiltration. The Rain Barrel Rebate program offers residents a $20 credit on their utility bill by installing a rain barrel to capture and reuse stormwater runoff. Rain Garden cost share program offers residents up to $250 credit on their utility bill by installing a rain garden.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Since these programs have been initiated the City of Northfield has given 67 credits for rain barrels and 6 credits for rain gardens.
Descriptive File: view file
Cannon River Watershed Partnership
For more information contact:
Beth Kallestad (City staff) | beth.kallestad@ci.northfield.mn.us | 507-645-3074
Not rated - Action 6:

Reduce de-icing and dust suppressant salt use to prevent permanent surfacewater and groundwater pollution.

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Implementation details:
This ordinance contains provisions regarding erosion and sediment control and also contains requirements for permanent stormwater treatement.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Beth Kallestad (City staff) | beth.kallestad@ci.northfield.mn.us | 507-645-3074

Surface Water {BP no.19}

2 star - Action 2:

Conduct or support multi-party community conversations, assessments, plans around improving local water quality and quantity.

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
The city has established a wellhead protection committee, that not only looks at groundwater implications, but surface water implications. This group is comprised of several community partners. This group discusses potential surface water sources of contamination with in the City's drinking water supply management area and how to address those.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
The City evaluates active hazardous waste generators annually and actively evaluates new businesses that enter the DWSMA that may contribute pollution to surface and ultimately groundwater.
Descriptive File:
St. Olaf, Carleton College, Cannon River Watershed Partnership, Local Residents
For more information contact:
Beth Kallestad (City staff) | beth.kallestad@ci.northfield.mn.us | 507-645-3074
1 star - Action 4:

Adopt a shoreland ordinance for all river and lake shoreland areas; reduce flooding and costs through The National Flood Insurance Program's Community Rating System.

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Implementation details:
This ordinance was adopted on 9/17/2010
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Beth Kallestad (City staff) | beth.kallestad@ci.northfield.mn.us | 507-645-3074

Efficient Water and Wastewater Systems {BP no.20}

1 star - Action 1:

Compare the energy use and financial performance of your facilities with other peer plants using standardized, free tools.

Date action report first entered:
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Year action initially completed: 2019
Implementation details:
The City has received a report on emissions for City Operations through consultant Michael Orange as part of the development of our Climate Action Plan. This included energy use for the WWTP operations.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Beth Kallestad (City staff) | beth.kallestad@ci.northfield.mn.us | 507-645-3074
1 star - Action 4:

Optimize energy and chemicals use at drinking water / wastewater facilities and decrease chloride in wastewater discharges.

Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2002
Implementation details:
Installed generators for peak savings for drinking water and wastewater. 2000 (WW), 2002 (Well 3 & 4)

All well pumps are rebuilt every 8 years. Not based on efficiency, just on use.

Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Beth Kallestad (City staff) | beth.kallestad@ci.northfield.mn.us | 507-645-3074

Sustainable Consumption and Waste {BP no.22}

1 star - Action 7:

Improve/organize residential trash, recycling and organics collection by private and/or public operations and offer significant volume-based pricing on residential garbage and/or incentives for recycling.

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Implementation details:
Our refuse collection rates are structured to give a break for smaller container sizes.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Citizens have an option to reduce the size of their container allowing them to save money.
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Beth Kallestad (City staff) | beth.kallestad@ci.northfield.mn.us | 507-645-3074
3 star - Action 8:

Adopt a construction and demolition ordinance governing demolition permits that requires a level of recycling and reuse for building materials and soil/land-clearing debris.

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
This ordinance addresses demolition permits and mandates levels of reuse for materials and soils.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Beth Kallestad (City staff) | beth.kallestad@ci.northfield.mn.us | 507-645-3074

Local Air Quality {BP no.23}

3 star - Action 2:

Regulate outdoor wood burning, using ordinance language, performance standards and bans as appropriate, for at least one of the following:

Date action report first entered:
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Year action initially completed:
Implementation details:
Chapter 34, Article 2.10.4(e) lays out regulations on outdoor wood burning,
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
This ordinance is regulated by our building inspection department.
Descriptive File:
For more information contact:
Beth Kallestad (City staff) | beth.kallestad@ci.northfield.mn.us | 507-645-3074
1 star - Action 5:

Install, assist with and promote publicly available EV charging stations or public fueling stations for alternative fuel vehicles. 

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Implementation details:
These two stations which are installed at one high use locations were installed on the Carleton College campus in 2009.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Descriptive File:
Carleton College, ChargePoint
For more information contact:
Beth Kallestad (City staff) | beth.kallestad@ci.northfield.mn.us | 507-645-3074

Resilient Economic & Community Development Resilient Economic and Community Development

Benchmarks and Community Engagement {BP no.24}

3 star - Action 1:

Use a city commission, or committee to lead, coordinate, and report to and engage community members on implementation of sustainability best practices.

Date action report first entered:
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Implementation details:
The GNSC acts as a facilitator for all things sustainable in Northfield. They host frequent meetings and discuss ways to lead, coordinate, and report to community members on implementation of GreenStep best practices.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
During meetings, the Northfield GreenStep Cities Coordinator will update the group on progress associated with the advancement of the GreenStep Cities Program
Descriptive File:
Greater Northfield Sustainability Collaborative
For more information contact:
Beth Kallestad (City staff) | beth.kallestad@ci.northfield.mn.us | 507-645-3074
2 star - Action 2:

Organize goals/outcome measures from all city plans and report to community members data that show progress toward meeting these goals.

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Implementation details:
Various plans were reviewed to satisfy this step.
This was done utilizing a Carleton College intern which made this exercise beneficial for both the City and the community.
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Annual plan evaluation is necessary to address areas where more support is needed. This action organizes this function and facilitates staff to better evaluate desired outcomes.
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For more information contact:
Beth Kallestad (City staff) | beth.kallestad@ci.northfield.mn.us | 507-645-3074
2 star - Action 4:

Conduct or support a broad sustainability education and action campaign involving:

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Northfield has been engaged in the MN Energy Challenge for several years. Our Environmental Quality Commission has tackled the education and marketing for Northfield's participation.
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Northfield is currently #8 on the City List, with an annual savings of 2,781, 185 lbs of CO2 and 364 members participating.
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For more information contact:
Beth Kallestad (City staff) | beth.kallestad@ci.northfield.mn.us | 507-645-3074
2 star - Action 5:

Conduct or support a community education, visioning and planning initiative using a sustainability framework such as:

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Northfield is the first Transition Town in Minnesota. Transition Northfield recently hosted Richard Heinberg for a talk on community planning in a changing world. This event was co-sponsored by the Blandin Foundation and involved alumni of the Blandin Community Leadership Program.
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For more information contact:
Beth Kallestad (City staff) | beth.kallestad@ci.northfield.mn.us | 507-645-3074
3 star - Action 6:

Engage community youth and college students by creating opportunities to participate in city government.

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Year action initially completed: 2015
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The city's Environmental Quality Commission has two student members (High School age), one of which is a voting member. The EQC meets monthly and advises the City Council on policy etc. that affect the environment.
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For more information contact:
Beth Kallestad (City staff) | beth.kallestad@ci.northfield.mn.us | 507-645-3074

Green Business Development {BP no.25}

1 star - Action 1:

Grow new/emerging green businesses and green jobs through targeted assistance and new workforce development.

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The Greater Northfield Sustainability Collaborative has a mission statement that includes facilitating initiatives related to green business and jobs. Their mission statement includes the quote,"Our goal is to facilitate and coordinate sustainability initiatives in the greater Northfield area and support the City’s efforts to implement the GreenStep Cities program."
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City staff currently meets with the GNSC to discuss initiatives they have facilitated. The GNSC also markets these activities on their website as they occur. Also, the GNSC has been instrumental in facilitating the implementation of the Northfield Community Solar program. (http://mncommunitysolar.com/northfield) This program is slated to start with a 1 mega-watt garden. This facilitation directly supports new and emerging green businesses and green jobs.
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Greater Northfield Sustainability Collaborative
For more information contact:
Beth Kallestad (City staff) | beth.kallestad@ci.northfield.mn.us | 507-645-3074
1 star - Action 7:

Conduct or participate in a buy local campaign for community members and local businesses.

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The Northfield Downtown Development Corporation organizes a "buy local" campaign. This year they added to their message, "be local, buy local".
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Descriptive File: view file
For more information contact:
Beth Kallestad (City staff) | beth.kallestad@ci.northfield.mn.us | 507-645-3074

Renewable Energy {BP no.26}

1 star - Action 1:

Adopt wind energy and/or biomass ordinances that allow, enable, or encourage appropriate renewable energy installations.

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Chapter 34, ARticle 2.10.4(i) & (k) address solar energy and wind energy respectively. These ordinance indicates that we allow these structures to be constructed.
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For more information contact:
Beth Kallestad (City staff) | beth.kallestad@ci.northfield.mn.us | 507-645-3074
1 star - Action 2:

Promote resident/business purchases and/or generation of clean energy by:

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There are community members pursuing the installation of a community solar garden on the north end of the City. The City has been promoting and supporting this activity within the colleges. This article describes Northfield's progress with this project.
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GNSC
For more information contact:
Beth Kallestad (City staff) | beth.kallestad@ci.northfield.mn.us | 507-645-3074

Local Food {BP no.27}

2 star - Action 2:

Facilitate creation of home/community gardens, chicken & bee keeping, and incorporation of food growing areas/access in multifamily residential developments.

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Year action initially completed: 2013
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New Land Development Code allows crop raising in all residential districts. Keeping of chickens allowed in all residential districts subject to regulations.
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For more information contact:
Beth Kallestad (City staff) | beth.kallestad@ci.northfield.mn.us | 507-645-3074
1 star - Action 3:

Create, assist with and promote local food production/distribution within the city:

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This summer (2010) was the first summer for the River Walk Market Fair along the Cannon River in Northfield. Held on Saturdays from June to October the market fair offers high-quality goods that reflect distinctive local talents and tastes.
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For more information contact:
Beth Kallestad (City staff) | beth.kallestad@ci.northfield.mn.us | 507-645-3074