Village Board Reviews Climate Action Plan Tonight

Village Board Reviews Climate Action Plan Tonight

The Northbrook Board of Trustees’ meeting on July 27 will include a public hearing on the proposed Climate Action Plan (CAP). Informative background materials can be found online in the meeting’s Agenda Packet beginning on page 365.

The CAP was developed over several months by a working committee encompassing local government bodies, organizations, and other stakeholders with facilitation by consultant paleBluedot.  The resulting document presented a comprehensive framework of strategies to enable Northbrook to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and build resilience to related climatic impacts. Suggestions are made for governmental, business, and residential applications and categorized by their area of impact (transportation and land use; buildings and energy; waste management; water and wastewater; local food and agriculture; health and safety; greenspace and ecosystem health; and climate economy).  Most strategies emphasize education and incentives to encourage residents and businesses to participate.

The public hearing follows a series of opportunities for public input on the proposed plan. Over 700 comments were collected in the late spring, and an open house at Village Hall enabled residents to share their thoughts with Village staff, consultants, and planning team members. The plan was also presented to various Village commissions for their review and input. The CAP being presented to the Trustees includes recommendations generated from those settings.

The degree of public comment at tonight’s meeting will shape the Village Board’s next steps on the proposal.  President Kathryn Ciesla stated on July 13 that Trustees could opt to work on specific details of the plan in a Committee of the Whole meeting, or instead act to approve or reject the CAP as a whole.

Village Board meetings can be viewed in person in the Village Hall’s Sandra Frum Board Room, on the Village website, the Village’s Facebook page, or on cable television (Channel 17 for Comcast or Channel 99 for AT&T).  Comments may be submitted by email to