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Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution Commentary/Review

Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution is a book written by Paul Hawken, Amory Lovins and Hunter Lovins. The book was originally published in 1999.
I recently had the opportunity to read this book. This is a good book to read if you aren't too familiar with Energy and Resource topics.

How to Handle Voicemail / Answering Phone at CoolClimate Network Desk

How to answer: "CoolClimate Network, ________ speaking"

When to answer: When you're closest to the phone.

Our phone number: (510) 643-5048

What to do: Allow the person to state their reason for calling and say you would be happy to get them in touch with [whoever is best to handle their question.] Ask if they would like that staff member's email or if they'd just like to leave a message. Then please Create a Call Log.

Subversion

Apache Subversion (SVN) is an open source program for managing and keeping track of revisions made to files. It is extremely useful for working on and maintaining websites. Here’s how it works:

  1. You can download whatever is in the SVN database onto your computer.

Excel Tips and Tricks 2: Sorting, Filtering, and Subtotaling

Here is an explanation of these three extremely useful capabilities and some tips I wish I knew before using them! (I learned these the hard way.) I will give directions for Excel and OpenOffice, adding endnotes where OpenOffice differs from Excel.

GIS: Applying Zipcodes to the U.S. Map in ArcMap 10

I recently started working on a project trying to spatially place different data sets and connect them visually with their respective zipcodes. However, what seemed like an easy task became very confusing quite quickly. I started off with zipcode data from the US Census Bureau. You can find the data I was working with for zipcodes here: http://www.census.gov/geo/www/cob/z52000.html.

HEVs, PHEVS, and EVs at a glance

The past couple of years I notice a sudden leap of hybrid vehicles on the road, especially in California. Prius, the bullet looking, mid-size hatchback four-door passenger cars was introduced to the United States in 2000. Just in 2011 alone, 172,000 Prius are sold in the country. It’s not a surprise to see a Prius every couple blocks you travelled. As electric vehicles enter the mainstream marketplace and quickly caught our attention, consider the types of fuel-efficient autos that are out there and see which one fits you the best before joining the why-not-get-a-hybrid bandwagon.

How to Schedule Tweets Using HootSuite

HootSuite is a free online service that allows you to manage your organization’s multiple social networking profiles. Here’s how to schedule a tweet to post to your Twitter account at a later date and time:

1. Go to http://www.hootsuite.com and create an account. Add the social networking profiles you would like to manage.

A review of Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things

Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things was written by William McDonough and Michael Braungart and published in 2002. McDonough is a leading figure in the sustainable design movement and the chief (or rather, only) administrator of official “cradle to cradle” (or C2C) product certification. C2C design is one of the most awesome ideas I have heard of, but the track record of practical C2C implementation by McDonough has been spotty and drawn criticism from within the sustainable design community.

Designing for Web: The Process

Designing for the web is a lot like designing a professional piece of art. You don't just dive right into it, but you have to plan things out and make everything you do intentional and deliberate. In art, you 1) start with a concept and what you want to convey, then 2) make multiple sketches, then 3) receive critiques and revise your work, and then 4) work on what will actually be the final product, with critiques and revisions along the way. In the same way, designing for the web follows similar steps.

1. Assessing Needs

GIS: What is Geographic Data? How Is It Mapped?

"Normal" data can be thought of as the building blocks of information. In modern times, it is often information that is compatible with computers and its inner workings.

Geographic data is simply a collection of information that can describe objects and things with relation to space. Often this is done with x,y coordinates or longitudes and latitudes.

So what does this mean for GIS users?
Well geographic data is at the heart of what makes for interesting maps. Without this data, there would be no information that would need to be visualized and analyzed.

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