EASTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – The City of Easthampton was recently awarded $50,000 to help fight climate change. The award is for financial assistance in the hiring of Weston & Sampson to develop a city-wide Climate Action Plan.

The award is from the Massachusetts Department of Revenue, Division of Local Services via the Best Practices Community Compact Program. The Climate Action Plan will determine a realistic timeline for the city to achieve net-zero carbon emissions through actions identified in the plan.

Easthampton Mayor Nicole Mayor LaChapelle has also pledged to utilize ARPA funding to provide the additional 100-thousand dollars needed to develop the plan. The Climate Action Plan should take a little over a year to complete.

The city will work to evaluate and incorporate the numerous on-going projects towards combating Climate Change already underway in Easthampton.