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Education is key in protecting pollinators Email
Tuesday, June 09, 2015 10:00 AM


Landscape companies can help protect pollinatorsThe green industry is keenly aware of the public concern for the health of bees and other pollinators. It is responding with information, tools, and resources to help both landscape businesses and consumers make informed decisions.

This year, National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) issued Best Management Practices (BMPs) to Protect Pollinators, a list of practices recommended for landscape companies. The BMPs recommend an understanding of which plants attract pollinators and how to insure that those plants remain healthy pollinator habitats. 

Tweet your legislators Email
Tuesday, June 09, 2015 06:58 AM


TwitterTwitter has become a powerful tool for communications between legislators and their constituents. It allows citizens to communicate directly with their congressperson, city council, or other government officials about important and evolving issues. Grassroots efforts on Twitter can support advocacy efforts and affect change.

Interested in participating in advocacy from your computer or smartphone? It's as easy as opening your Twitter app.

Thousands of unused H-2B visas are now available Email
Friday, June 05, 2015 10:58 AM

On June 5, 2015, USCIS will reopen the congressionally mandated fiscal year (FY) 2015 cap and will accept Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, requesting new H-2B workers with an employment start date between April 1 and September 30, 2015.

EPA proposes new label restrictions for pesticides Email
Tuesday, June 02, 2015 10:58 AM

New proposal from Environmental Protection Agency

EPA has posted to the Federal Register a document entitled “Proposal to Mitigate Exposure to Bees from Acutely Toxic Pesticide Products, Notice of Availability.” There is will be a 31-day comment period, ending June 29, 2015 on this proposal for changes to pesticide labeling.

Legislative alert regarding Clean Water Act Rule Email
Friday, May 29, 2015 10:58 AM

BREAKING NEWS: Call for advocacy efforts

National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP), of which ALCC is a member, issued the following legislative alert in response to the recently released Clean Water Act Rule:

EPA finalizes Clean Water Rule Email
Thursday, May 28, 2015 10:58 AM

Clean Water RuleClean Water Rule finalized
Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army finalized the Clean Water Act Rule "to clearly protect from pollution and degradation the streams and wetlands that form the foundation of the nation’s water resources." The rule will be in effect 60 days after publication in the Federal Register.

Consumers prefer a well-maintained landscape Email
Written by Lisa Schaumann   
Tuesday, May 26, 2015 09:11 PM

Even in the age of the smartphone and T.V. show binge watching, the love affair with the American yard is not over. According to an online survey commissioned by the National Association of Landscape Professionals and conducted by Harris Poll in May 2015, Americans think it is important to have a yard, keep it looking well-maintained and live in an area with nice landscaping.

The study, conducted among 2,034 U.S. adults (ages 18+), finds that three quarters of Americans (75%) feel that it is important to spend time outside in their yards. Despite the perception that the younger generation is only focused on a high-tech lifestyle, nearly three quarters (74%) of Millennials (18–34 year olds) think spending time outside in their yards is important.

Customer service is key to client retention Email
Tuesday, May 26, 2015 08:00 PM


 Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.netYour company spends time, effort, and money to attract new clients to your business. Increasing your customer base is often a priority. But are you remembering to take care of the customers already in your portfolio?

It’s easier to keep a current client than it is to recruit a new one. We’ve all been asked at the check-out stand, “Do you need socks to go with those pants you’re buying?” or “Would you like fries with that?” Increasing business with your current customers can be a great way to grow your company.

According to The Chartered Institute of Marketing, it’s cheaper, too. Estimates vary, but acquiring a new customer can often cost more than four times the cost of customer retention (some estimates can be as high as 10 times).

Front Range observed National EAB Awareness Week Email
Tuesday, May 26, 2015 05:05 PM

Emerald Ash BorerLast week, residents of several Front Range communities noticed trees in high-traffic public parks or along street rights-of-way encircled with wide bands of green or yellow ribbon that warn of an invasive tree pest.

City parks departments, Colorado Tree Coalition volunteers and others marked more than 450 trees, all of which are ash, to offer a visual example of a mere fraction of the millions of trees in Colorado that could be lost to the invasive, tree-killing emerald ash borer (EAB).

Pollinator Task Force announces national strategy Email
Tuesday, May 26, 2015 04:58 PM

Pollinator on a flowerOn May 19, the White House Pollinator Health Task Force released its "National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honeybees & other Pollinators." You can download or read the entire report here.

The strategy focuses on "three overarching goals:"

          1. Reduce honey bee colony losses to economically sustainable levels;
          2. Increase monarch butterfly numbers to protect the annual migration; and
          3. Restore or enhance millions of acres of land for pollinators through combined public and private action.
American's say their yards are important (infographic) Email
Tuesday, May 26, 2015 04:48 PM

A 2015 Harris Poll of more than 2,000 US adults found that having a yard with trees, shrubs, and other plants is important to their quality of life. They also believe that a landscape professional would improve the value of their yard. Learn more in an infographic from the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP, formerly PLANET).

ALCC introduces the LAB Email
Tuesday, May 26, 2015 10:49 AM


Legislation & advocacy blogAssociated Landscape Contractors of Colorado (ALCC) has launched a new blog. The mission of the new Legislation and Advocacy Blog, nicknamed the LAB, is to be a trustworthy source of information and breaking news for members and their customers who wish to keep up-to-date on legislation, regulations, and advocacy efforts that relate to the green industry.

Welcome to our LAB! Email
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 04:58 PM

BlogWelcome to the ALCC LAB, our new Legislation & Advocacy Blog. Here you'll find weekly posts--updated every Tuesday--about legislative issues and regulations that affect the landscape industry. It will also be the place to find breaking news about changes to legislation.

          • What exactly is WOTUS (Waters of the US) and how can it affect your landscape business?
          • How do I figure out which of my seasonal workers are eligible for health care?
          • Where do I find out who my legislators are?
          • Why should I volunteer with ALCC's advocacy efforts?

These are just a few of the questions we'll try to answer.

Visit this page to find out the latest on the H-2B visa program and related rulings. Learn about NALP's Legislative Day on the Hill and how you can get involved. And see what fellow ALCC members are doing to influence government and support the success of your business.

We look forward to this new venue to share our efforts and help more members get involved. If you have suggestions or feedback about what you'd like to read in the LAB, please contact us at [email protected].

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