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Soft-Tech Solutions Improving Local Sustainability in the U.S.

As a part of our limited series featuring the work of our 2013 Founders Forum Fellows, here is a sampling of one of our fellows’ reports.  To read the full document, click here.


Executive Summary

This paper examines the role of soft technology in transforming U.S. municipalities’ environmental sustainability policies. Soft technology presents the opportunity for towns and cities to gradually reassess the processes and normative expectations of the community regarding environmental and economic values. Through an examination of the Unplugged Challenge partnership, we can see that soft technology has the potential to alter and spur sustainable development in U.S. municipalities. Cookeville city officials were able adapt private sector knowledge and skills to the needs of public sector to achieve cost-savings and lay the foundational political support for future environmental policy objectives. Furthermore, the case also demonstrates how the private sector can still contribute to soft technology development and transfer for sustainable development efforts.

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Author: Samantha Mosier

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The American Society for Public Administration is the largest and most prominent professional association for public administration. It is dedicated to advancing the art, science, teaching and practice of public and non-profit administration.

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