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Creating a local culture of engagement in Hampton, Virginia was a process of taking one step after the other, building on the success of the last. Just as a child learns first to crawl, then to walk and later to run, so too can any locality build a sustainable culture of engagement by taking little steps one after the other.
In the Silicon Valley’s largest city, the Office of Civic Innovation is creating an ambitious roadmap for using technology and public engagement to improve city operations, a roadmap that includes everything from setting up public broadband to monitoring traffic flow and streamlining hiring procedures.
Energy experts say more than half of expenses associated with adopting solar energy are related to “soft‐costs” such as financing, permitting, inspection, installation, and other costs unrelated to the hardware. By participating in the SolSmart program, more than 200 communities are showing how they are overcoming these barriers and making solar energy more affordable and easier for homeowners and businesses to adopt.
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