Climate Action Plan
Northbrook's Climate Action Plan (CAP) is Northbrook's mission to reduce carbon emissions and foster a sustainable community for all. This is a Village-wide goal of 35% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and 80% by 2040, in alignment with the Paris Climate Agreement. The Village Board adopted the Climate Action Plan and established a Sustainability Commission on August 10, 2021.
Share your comments to the Sustainability Commission via this online form. Comments will be automatically submitted to the staff liaison and forwarded to all members of your selected board, committee, or commission.
Climate Action Planning Team Meetings
The CAPT meets on a regular basis to deliberate recommended goals and actions for inclusion in the Climate Action Plan with our environmental consultant from paleBLUEdot LLC. This team is made up of a diverse set of Northbrook stakeholders and Village staff to represent a broad spectrum of community interests.
April 12, 2021
March 8, 2021
March 1, 2021
The CAPT met in subgroups to finish refining lists of action items for each sector based on the established screening criteria. Read the meeting summary here.
February 8, 2021
January 11, 2021
The CAPT met in subgroups to assemble lists of main goals for each sector that members would like to see come out of Northbrook's Climate Action Plan. Watch a video recording of this meeting here or read the meeting summary here.
December 14, 2020
The CAPT established a consensus on the overarching goal for the Climate Action Plan and met in subgroups to discuss potential goals for each sector. Watch a video recording of this meeting here or read the meeting summary here.
November 9, 2020
The paleBLUEdot, LLC consultant led the first kickoff meeting with an overview of Northbrook's baseline status of environmental conditions and what is to come for this project. Watch a video recording of this meeting here or read the meeting summary here.
Sustainability Assessment, Vulnerability Analysis, and Climate Action Framework
The Village has become increasingly concerned about the global climate crisis and is working with paleBLUEdot LLC for the preparation and presentation of a series of studies and reports in order to:
- Identify key local environmental characteristics, metrics for measuring key indicators and benchmarks for comparing the Village to peer communities
- Seek input on the perceptions of the community regarding climate conditions and the urgency to respond to the crisis locally
- Project future conditions based on alternative scenarios
- Identify local vulnerabilities to climate change
- Summarize key findings of the review of data
- Recommend attainable local climate action goals and strategies for the Village of Northbrook, our residents and the business community
In September 2020, paleBLUEdot, LLC presented the following drafted baseline reports:
|Climate Action Baseline Assessment & Strategy Goal Recommendations||Community Greenhouse Gas Inventory||Climate Vulnerability Assessment|
|Solar Renewable Energy Potentials Study||Tree Survey & Carbon Sequestration|