The village of Brookfield, which joined a network of west suburban communities on the Cross-Community Climate Collaborative (C4) initiative last August, will host a workshop next week to get public input that will help shape local efforts to address sustainability and climate initiatives.

The workshop on Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 6:30 p.m. at the Brookfield Village Hall, 8820 Brookfield Ave., will be hosted by the Brookfield Conservation Commission and will also include representatives from Brookfield village government and staff as well as those from the Cook County Department of Environment and sustainability.

According to Brookfield Trustee Katie Kaluzny, who is the village board’s liaison to the Conservation Commission, the workshop will serve to tie together both the C4 initiative and the work the Conservation Commission has been doing over the past year to write a sustainability plan for Brookfield using the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus’ Greenest Region Compact framework.

The Conservation Commission will use the input gained at the workshop to help develop its sustainability report, which it hopes to present to the village board this summer in time for consideration when it comes to 2024 budget planning.

In addition to getting an overview of C4 and the Conservation Commission’s efforts, attendees will work in small groups to identify priorities for various sustainability topics, including energy efficiency and renewable energy, water quality and management, waste and recycling, air quality, transportation and land use.

RSVPs for the workshop are not required, but those registering to attend will receive email notices of future sessions and planning efforts. Anyone interested in registering can visit