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Excel and its backward compatibility

Backward compatibility is the ability for a new iteration of a program (or any piece of hardware) to handle some older variation of an input. For excel, this is important as several versions of excel exist. Forward compatibility is also important for excel, as it is not uncommon to have to share excel files with someone that has an older version of excel. Given that, it is highly important to ensure that problems are minimized when dealing with different versions of excel than your own.

What is a municipal greenhouse gas inventory?

The Kyoto Protocol was probably the first major attempt at greenhouse gas (GHG) accounting for countries, but now cities are getting on the bandwagon as well. Greenhouse gas inventories are important for establishing a city’s climate impact and tracking changes in emissions, usually with the purpose of mitigating climate change. They can also highlight areas where local governments can target to reduce GHG emissions. So, how do local communities inventory their GHG emissions?

Designing for Web: Web vs Print

Designing for web and designing for print share many similarities (when I refer to print, I am referring to things like flyers, posters, pamphlets, and the like. Fine art is a different matter). Both follow the elements and principles of art (unity, space, color, value, movement, flow, and so on) as well as the elements and principles of design (typography, simplicity, hierarchy, information, focus, aesthetics, and so on).

How to Use the Creative Commons Image Search

It's half an hour until your deadline and you desperately need a free picture of a ceiling fan that you will crop and put in your newsletter. You're nowhere near a ceiling fan and you don't have time to find one and take a picture of it.

Don't worry, you can use Creative Commons Search to find images that you can legally crop and use. Here's how:

10 Quick Tips of Persuasive Messaging

Sometimes it can be hard to convince others of the benefits of sustainability. However, there are ways that you can make your argument more convincing. Here are 10 quick tips that will help your message be more persuasive.

1. First, you must attract attention. Effective methods include surprising people by breaking schemas, or using images to help them visualize impacts.
2. Using stories to invoke emotion can be very effective at getting attention. These can uplift and motivate people but be careful to rely too much on fear, which could elicit denial or apathetic behavior.

Useful Excel trick- CSV data

CSV is known as Comma Separated Values. A CSV file is a specially formatted plain text file which stores spreadsheet or basic database-style information in a very simple format, with one record on each line, and each field within that record separated by a comma. It is often used as a simple way to transfer a large volume of spreadsheet or database information between programs. Microsoft Excel has made it really easy to import CSV files and to create one from spreadsheet data.

Brief Summary of Macros

A macro is a feature found in Microsoft excel. A macro is a sequence of actions and functions that are stored within Microsoft Visual Basic Module; this includes any motion, from simple mouse movements to a built in excel functions. Depending on the purpose, it is wise to use macros or avoid them entirely.

Revised: Upload a picture and donate to the public domain (YOUR OWN WORK ONLY!)

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Revision as of 8/2/12: please just use the regular image upload form (see related blog entry here and just add a "no source" tag and specify that it's your own work in the image description.

Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature by Janine M. Benyus

Biomimicry: emulating or being inspired by nature in order to solve human problems.

Benyus states three things that nature is in biomimicry: model, measure, and mentor. Nature as a model means that we try to imitate nature or are inspired by it. As a measure, nature is our ecological guide to see if our innovation is on the right track: does it work, is it appropriate, does it last? Lastly, with nature as our mentor, we should view the natural world not as what we can get out of it but as what we can learn from it.

Scope 1,2, and 3 emissions types

Since the introduction of climate change in the 1990s, the term ‘carbon emission reduction’ gained momentum and now has become an agenda so hot that it must be addressed by presidential candidates. In amidst of all these public discourse, however, how many of us know the scope of emissions and sources they fall under? I personally don't until two weeks ago.

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