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. 

Climate Action Plan: full document


Get Involved: Sustainability Commission


See CAP fact sheet:

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Public Review

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.  

Final Draft CAP Survey Summary Report

In 2020, the Climate Action Planning team collaborated to create this detailed document. Northbrook’s Climate Action Plan (CAP) is only the third of its kind in our region, and is committed to setting a high standard for incorporating public input. In summer 2020, Northbrook received over 400 initial CAP survey respondents. In June 2021, 40 supporters attended the CAP Open House at Village Hall and over 200 online reviewers commented on the final Draft CAP. The meeting recording to view the Climate Action Plan proposed to the Board of Trustees with public hearing is available at this link.

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.

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April 12, 2021

The CAPT met as a full team to review the preliminary draft of the final Climate Action Plan. Watch a video recording of this meeting here or read the meeting summary here

March 8, 2021

The CAPT met in subgroups to assign primary responsibility-holders and supporting partners to each action. Watch a video recording of this meeting here or read the meeting summary here.

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

The CAPT met in subgroups to refine lists of action items for each sector based on the established screening criteria. Watch a video recording of this meeting here or read the meeting summary here.

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:

  1. Identify key local environmental characteristics, metrics for measuring key indicators and benchmarks for comparing the Village to peer communities
  2. Seek input on the perceptions of the community regarding climate conditions and the urgency to respond to the crisis locally
  3. Project future conditions based on alternative scenarios
  4. Identify local vulnerabilities to climate change
  5. Summarize key findings of the review of data
    1. Infographic 1: What is Climate Change?
    2. Infographic 2: Direct Climate Impacts on Northbrook
    3. Infographic 3: Climate Change Solutions for Northbrook
  6. 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 Baselines Cover with Wind Turbine Opens in new windowClimate Action Baseline Assessment & Strategy Goal RecommendationsNorthbrook Community GHG InventoryCommunity Greenhouse Gas InventoryNorthbrook Climate Vulnerability Assessment Opens in new windowClimate Vulnerability Assessment 
Solar Renewable Energy Potentials Opens in new windowSolar Renewable Energy Potentials StudyTree Canopy Survey Opens in new windowTree Survey & Carbon Sequestration