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Judges need for The ELITE Awards 2021 Email
Written by Melissa Emdin   
Thursday, August 12, 2021 12:00 AM

Help choose The ELITE Awards

ALCC is looking for 10-15 members to serve as judges for The ELITE Awards submissions. Each judge will be assigned to review about five submissions in one of the award categories: Design/Build, Landscape Construction, Plant Design, Maintenance, or Sustainability.

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If you have 5-10 hours to volunteer in late August-early September and have five or more years of experience in the landscape industry, we would love to have you review and evaluate submissions. Contact Melissa Emdin at 720 307-5092 for more information or to express interest in volunteering.

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ProGreen EXPO call for proposals 2021 Email
Written by Melissa Emdin   
Thursday, August 12, 2021 12:00 AM

ProGreen EXPO education planning

ProGreen EXPO logoPlanning for ProGreen EXPO 2022 is in full swing, and ALCC wants your input! Is there a topic you’d like to see addressed in an educational session? Submit education session topic ideas here.

Do you have expertise or knowledge you want to share at ProGreen? We invite you to submit a session proposal for consideration. ALCC is interested in a variety of topics related to technical skills for landscape industry, business and leadership, landscape design, and sustainability in landscaping. 

 
Protect workers in excessive heat and poor air quality Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, August 10, 2021 05:00 AM

Colorado Green NOW

Excessive heat and poor air quality from wildfire smoke both pose hazards to landscape workers. Be sure that your team’s safety program includes education on recognizing these hazards and taking steps to prevent injury or illness.

To prevent heat illness, OSHA recommends that employers:

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ALCC hosts sold-out golf tournament in Littleton Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, August 10, 2021 04:00 AM

Colorado Green NOW

On August 4, 2021, ALCC hosted its annual golf tournament with 144 golfers and 20 sponsoring companies. The tournament, held at Arrowhead Golf Course in Littleton, was sold out well in advance of the event date. Landscape professionals were eager to gather in person and enjoy some social and networking time with peers.

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Long COVID now covered as a disability Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, August 10, 2021 03:00 AM

Colorado Green NOW

Last week, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released guidance on accommodating those with “long COVID.” The guidance states “that long COVID can be a disability under Titles II (state and local government) and III (public accommodations) of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), and Section 1557 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Section 1557).”

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No surprises in Jobber mid-year report Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, August 10, 2021 01:00 AM

Colorado Green NOW

Consumer spending on home services recovered faster than all other categories and has exceeded pre-pandemic levels from June 2020 onwards, finds a mid-year report from home services website Jobber.

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Bearss thrives despite tough Buena Vista climate Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, August 10, 2021 01:00 AM

Colorado Green NOW

“There are better places to start a landscape business than Buena Vista,” says Josh Bearss who founded Bearss Landscaping in 2005. He admits the high mountain desert climate is challengingIt’s windy and there are lots of deer and plenty of giant boulders in the ground. It’s tough for plants. It takes a lot of learning to create landscapes that work here.”  

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Recapping a busy month for H-2B legislation Email
Written by John McMahon   
Tuesday, July 27, 2021 05:00 AM

Colorado Green NOW

There have been a lot of moving pieces and shifting strategies around legislation affecting the H-2B visa program. At times, there has been legislation aimed at eliminating the H-2B program altogether—all in the last 30 days or so. But the Colorado landscape industry has worked together and participated in lobbying strategy.

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The case for in-country H-2B transfers Email
Written by Colorado Green Now   
Tuesday, July 27, 2021 04:00 AM

Colorado Green NOW

When it comes to the H-2B visa program, the landscape industry is the biggest user of H-2B visas in Colorado. Ongoing labor shortages plague the industry, and business leaders are exploring many options for H-2B reform to help bridge the labor gap and increase the availability of seasonal foreign workers to fill jobs that are unable to be filled locally.

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SBA launching PPP forgiveness portal Email
Written by Colorado Green Now   
Tuesday, July 27, 2021 03:00 AM

Colorado Green NOW

UPDATE: SBA has announced the opening of the PPP forgiveness portal: https://www.sba.gov/article/2021/jul/28/sba-announces-opening-paycheck-protection-program-direct-forgiveness-portal. Borrowers with PPP loans of $150,000 or less can apply directly to SBA for forgiveness through the portal, which opens August 4th.

US Small Business Association (SBA) is launching a PPP loan forgiveness portal that is expected to expedite some forgiveness applications. Borrowers may be able to apply for forgiveness directly with the SBA with this new platform.

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Survey finds that homeowner interest in landscape services has grown Email
Written by Lawn & Landscape   
Tuesday, July 27, 2021 02:00 AM

Colorado Green NOW

What motivates consumers when shopping for landscape services? Lawn & Landscape asked homeowners in a recent survey. The results, available in their Grow the Market report, demonstrate that the importance of and desire for professional landscape and lawn care services has grown in the last five years.

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H-2B updates from NALP--July 2021 Email
Written by Colorado Green Now   
Tuesday, July 27, 2021 01:00 AM

Colorado Green NOW

In recent weeks, there has been much legislative activity around the H-2B visa program. Andrew Bray of NALP, in his weekly email The Advocate, provided regular updates on this activity. Below you can find several of his updates that detail the story behind the whirlwind of actions in support of and against the guest worker program.

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Roller coaster week in H-2B legislation Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, July 13, 2021 05:00 AM

Colorado Green NOW

The H-2B visa program has seen a flurry of legislative activity in DC this week. Advocates for H-2B were pleased to find the returning worker exception included in the upcoming fiscal year 2022 appropriations bill, though it was quickly removed. The landscape industry and other industries reliant on H-2B turned their focus back to a language change on discretionary visas from “may” to “shall.”

But additional language in the bill remains a concern among H-2B supporters. The H-2B Workforce Coalition issued this statement, along with a call-to-action for supporters of the program:

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