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Urban Landscape Sustainability program now available in Colorado Email
Written by Colorado Green Now   
Tuesday, September 12, 2023 12:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

Throughout Colorado, water shortages are impacting how urban landscapes are cared for and the cost of landscape maintenance. To better steward water resources and provide high-quality, conscientious landscape maintenance, Associated Landscape Contractors (ALCC) of Colorado offers Sustainable Landscape Management (SLM) certification.

The SLM program provides foundational education about the natural and constructed systems that comprise the urban landscape, as well as how the different systems relate and the interdependence that exists between them. Topics include soil, irrigation, planting trees and integrated pest management.

Because the urban landscape is an interdependent system, the context of one element is dependent on the success of many others. For example, a healthy tree depends on proper planting, staking, irrigation and soil conditions. Each element needs attention and awareness so the overall landscape can be healthy, water conscious, long lasting and beautiful. Teaching professionals about what the elements are and how they affect one another generates a more holistic awareness, allowing them to make good decisions in the field.

Janet Waibel, a registered landscape architect at Tempe, Arizona-based Waibel & Associates Landscape Architecture, began preparing standards for care in Arizona during the economic downturn of 2008, when her workload dwindled, and she had time to write. Her goal was to share better ways to take care of Arizona landscapes, promote sustainability and enable landscape designs to reach their full potential in urban settings.

In 2017, Waibel partnered with ALCC to create a book, curriculum and testing for ALCC’s SLM program, which is available with membership. The book includes chapters on a variety of topics, including urban soils, planting composition, trees, shrubs, turf site drainage, irrigation, composting and integrated pest management.

The Urban Landscape Sustainability collection of materials includes books, curriculum and testing items. The premise is regional focus for simple, practical methods about how to help every element in the landscape system thrive. Plants and trees are more sustainable and require less care when irrigation is appropriate, soils are beneficial and site conditions are monitored.

The program includes:

Sustainable Landscape Management – Standards for Care in the Desert Southwest (English and Spanish)

Sustainable Landscape Management – A Guide to More Sustainable Landscapes in Colorado

Sustainable Landscape Construction (available later this year)

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2023 Plant Select Award Winners


Arvada arborist branches out



2023 Plant Select Award Winners Email
Written by Colorado Green Now   
Tuesday, September 12, 2023 12:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

Plant Select honors growers, educators and designers for promoting sustainable plants 

Every year, Plant Select recognizes individuals, organizations and demonstration gardens that have gone above and beyond to advance Plant Select’s mission of offering low-maintenance, low-water plants that flourish in the Rocky Mountain region.

The 2023 winners are: 

Individual Partner Award 

Dale Kiyota 

At Kiyota Greenhouse in Fort Lupton, Dale Kiyota grows more than 50 Plant Select perennials that he sells to garden centers up and down the Front Range and to landscape contractors.  

Individual Partner Award 

Lauren Springer 

Lauren Springer, author of The Undaunted Garden: Planting for Weather-Resilient Beauty (Chicago Review Press, 2011), has brought many drought-tolerant plants to Plant Select since its inception. 

Organizational Partner Award  

Echter’s Nursery & Garden Center in Arvada has a designated area for Plant Select plants that it promotes with information and programming. 

Organizational Partner Award 

Perennial Favorites 

An early participant in Plant Select’s Propagation Committee, Perennial Favorites of Layton, Utah, grows a long list of Plant Select favorites. 

Showcase Garden Award 

Idaho Firewise 

In the aftermath of the Marshall Fire, Moscow, Idaho-based Idaho Firewise is helping to educate Coloradans about plants with low amounts of volatile oils and other flammable chemicals and plants that produce less litter that can fuel flames. 

Golden Shovel Award 

Treasure Island Demonstration Garden 

The Treasure Island Demonstration Garden, next to a bike trail in Windsor, exhibits several different gardening styles featuring Plant Select plants. 

Golden Shovel Award 

Aurora Water-wise Garden 

The City of Aurora’s demonstration garden helps community members discover new plants that will thrive in a city with some of the state’s strictest water restrictions. 


Arvada arborist branches out Email
Written by Colorado Green Now   
Tuesday, September 12, 2023 12:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

A tree climber first and foremost, Forrest Bullard, owner and operator of Bullard Tree and Garden in Arvada, developed his skills as an arborist working for the U.S. Forest Service in Oregon and Swingle Lawn, Tree & Landscape Care in Fort Collins.  

 At Swingle (now SavATree), Bullard realized arborist services were in high demand, and he took on extra jobs on weekends. He earned his arborist certification in 2013, and he left Swingle to found Bullard Tree and Garden in 2015. He worked with other arborists until 2018, when he fully transitioned to being in business on his own.  

Initially, we were installing tree rings by removing grass around trees and putting in mulch. This progressed to making recommendations on replacing turf near fence lines,” he says. Soon Bullard and his two-person crew were replacing grass with water-wise plants as they learned more about landscape installation and xeriscape principles. He uses Procreate to help clients visualize simple design projects. 

Irrigation and conservation 

When planting trees, it’s not uncommon to damage irrigation systems, Bullard says. “I learned how to fix breaks in irrigation systems out of necessity.”  

He recently participated in ALCC’s Irrigation Boot Camp and received Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper (QWEL) certification.  

Water is just one resource Bullard doesn’t want to waste. His company seeks to reduce its use of all materials and minimize the environmental impact of its work. “We sell what works best for the customer,” he says. We measure accurately, minimize material waste and don’t lay siege to the property.”  

Bullard enjoys networking, collaborating and learning from people at other companies. In time, he hopes to broaden his company’s offerings—but that’s a bit tricky. “Right now, about two-thirds of our income is from tree care,” he says. “It’s a balancing act because we want to add professional services but not dilute the base. Tree care is my primary skill set.”  

He wants to keep the work honest. I won’t take on projects that we can’t do,he says.  

Expanding the business will require hiring someone with skills he doesn’t have, which likely won’t happen until at least next spring.  

“Right now, I still want to keep it simple. I’ll continue to learn more skills, but I don’t want to bite off more than I can chew.” 

Matt Akabane brings 35 years' experience to Hughes Landscaping Email
Written by Colorado Green Now   
Tuesday, August 22, 2023 12:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

Matt Akabane, operations manager at Hughes Landscaping, Inc., Parker, recently moved to Parker from California with the hope of applying his extensive knowledge of plants and trees to landscapes in Colorado. He and his family were attracted to the state for its scenery, culture and lifestyle.

Akabane grew up in his father’s landscape business, working along with his brother and mother. His father, who immigrated from Tokyo, was a Bonsai specialist. “My father taught me about designs and creativity” Akabane shares. “He always said to make sure plants have dimension, vibrant color at different times of the year, and balance.”

After attending California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo, Akabane continued to work in the family business where he operated the retail, and landscape and maintenance divisions. He credits his experience in this business with gaining his extensive knowledge of plants and trees that enables him to create beautiful landscapes. He has designed more than 2,500 projects for clients, friends and companies.

After 40 years of providing quality plants and knowledge to the community, the family sold the land and business in 2019, prompting Akabane to consider new options.

Adopting another ‘family’ – family business that is

With Hughes Landscaping, Akabane is working for another family-owned and operated business. Hughes Landscaping has been in business since 1988, installing landscapes and providing the year-round maintenance services to sustain their beauty.

Coming from the industry, Akabane’s 35 years’ experience seemed like a great fit for owners Angie and Kurt Hughes, who thought his skills were well-suited for the company’s landscape division where Akabane could help with design and sales. He began his work at Hughes Landscaping in July 2022.

“I love what I do and wanted to get back into landscaping and create beautiful landscapes for clients,” he says. He now realizes that the Hughes family owns and operates other businesses including Pine Lane Nursery, Bonnie Blues Wedding Venue, and The Sod Guy, now in Parker and Colorado Springs.

“I want Hughes Landscaping to be a household name and for people who need landscape design or installation to think about Hughes Landscaping first for consultations, professional designs, installation, irrigation, hardscapes and maintenance. Visit to learn more.



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Legislative Wins

Women In Green Committee update

Legislative Wins Email
Written by Colorado Green Now   
Tuesday, August 22, 2023 12:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

Legislative wins for GreenCO in 2023  

Hicks & Associates reviewed every bill that was introduced to determine the possible effects it could have on GreenCO and business.  

GreenCO tracked over 40 bills this session and with the help of the Legislative Committee were able to take a deep dive into the bills and take positions on multiple pieces of legislation.  

GreenCO collaborated closely with the General Assembly but also with the agriculture industry, construction industry, and general business groups, throughout the session on multiple pieces of legislation.    

This session the top priority for GreenCO was the Pesticide Applicator Sunset bill. Pesticides has been a hot topic at the Capitol for the past few sessions, especially as it pertains to local preemption. GreenCO continues to work with CRPA (Coloradoans for Responsible Pesticide Application) and other industry partners on all things pesticide related. As we continued to be proactive, GreenCO helped host a Pesticide Applicator Advocacy Day at the Capitol, where we spoke with members of the legislature to discuss the Sunset bill/pesticide regulation as well as educate them on who we are. This proved to be very beneficial as we were engaged on the two pieces of legislation regarding pesticides.    

SB23-192 Sunset Pesticide Applicators’ Act was up for renewal this year. GreenCO and CPRA have been working on this sunset over the last year. In working with the coalition, we kept our messaging pointed and fact/science-based on the issues. As we stood together, we attended multiple stakeholder meetings, both prior to the session and during the session, and were able to get this bill passed without local preemption. 

The conversation around water has been ongoing over the past few years but the General Assembly hasn’t passed a great deal of legislation to address the ongoing water issues in the state. Coming into the session water was a top priority and there were multiple bills introduced and passed to try and get a grip on the water issues throughout the state. 

SB23-178 Water-wise landscaping in Homeowners’ Association Communities will remove barriers to water-wise landscaping in HOA communities. This will allow for more landscaping options within HOA’s along with helping with the water issue by allowing drought tolerant plants and landscaping. The bill requires an association to permit the installation of at least 3 garden designs that adhere to the principles of water-wise landscaping.  

Each year there are more and more pieces of legislation that address climate change and our greenhouse gas emissions within the state. Thank you to all the members on the GreenCO Legislative Committee for your hard work and involvement in this session. 

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Women in Green Committee update Email
Written by Colorado Green Now   
Tuesday, August 22, 2023 12:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

Women in Green committee hosts inspiring speaker & What's next

“We’re sprouting,” claim those on ALCC’s Women in Green (WIG) committee. WIG continued their momentum with a second networking event in late April 

Megan Townsend, COO and Co-Founder of Altitude Arborist in Broomfield, was the guest speaker. Townsend presented a condensed version of her presentation, How to take 50 vacation days a year. Charlene Chacon, WIG committee member and residential team manager at Designscapes Colorado, Inc. shares, “Megan was very inspirational as a business owner, mom, and someone who knows what it is like to be a woman in the landscape industry. 

This event had a great turnout including several students from CSU’s Design and Contracting program. Event sponsors Ewing Irrigation &Landscape Supply and Designscapes Colorado, not only sponsored but also were represented by women in attendance 

What's next?

Join ALCC's Women in Green Committee for A Networking Luncheon Event!

Date: Tuesday, September 19
Time:  11:30- 1:00 PM
Location: Fisk Lawnscapes
7135 Templeton Gap Road
Colorado Springs, CO 80923 

The Women in Green networking series is designed to celebrate women's contributions to the industry while creating a space for women in landscaping to come together, network, and acknowledge the unique attributes and skills that women bring to the industry. 

This event is designed for women working in any role within the green industry. Dress is casual, please come as you are. Boxed lunch will be provided. Las hispanohablantes son bienvenidas!

Register and watch for new event postings on  

ALCC awards 2023 student scholarships Email
Written by Colorado Green Now   
Tuesday, August 08, 2023 12:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

Each year Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado (ALCC) grants scholarships to students pursuing careers in the green industry who attend Front Range Community College (FRCC), Colorado State University (CSU) or University of Colorado.  

Ben Stickland received the JBK Scholarship in 2023. Ben Stickland is a junior at CSU, double majoring in horticulture with a specialization in landscape design and contracting and environmental horticulture with a floriculture concentration. He hopes one day to own a business using locally sourced materials and native plants to design sustainable landscapes.  

Ciera Clawson received the Todd Williams Memorial Scholarship in 2023. Ciera is a sophomore at CSU, majoring in horticulture with a specialization in landscape design and contracting. Ciera is a member of the SOLDAC organization (Student Organization for Landscape Design and Contracting) and recently competed with the CSU team at the National Collegiate Landscape Competition. She is interested in working with sustainable landscapes in the future.  

Stephanie Fewsmith received the Tom Trench Memorial Scholarship in 2023. Stephanie attends FRCC majoring in horticulture. After moving of from the nonprofit sector and overcoming health challenges, Stephanie is pursuing a new career in horticulture focusing on growing food and sustainability.  

Olivia Mosbarger received an ALCC scholarship. She is a sophomore at CSU majoring in horticulture, with a specialization in landscape design and contracting. She competed with the CSU team at the National Collegiate Landscape Competition earlier this year. Olivia is interested in a career in landscape management and design.  

Emily Beeson also received an ALCC scholarship. She is a graduate student in the landscape architecture program at the University of Colorado-Denver. She would like to pursue a career in sustainable landscape architecture.  

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Why the Urban Landscape Conservation Task Force? Email
Written by Colorado Green Now   
Tuesday, August 08, 2023 12:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

The following is a statement from Kat Weismiller, deputy section chief for Colorado Water Conservation Board’s Water Supply Planning Section. 

The Urban Landscape Conservation Task Force (CWCB) was created to help the state think about how we, at CWCB, build and support climate-appropriate landscapes. Colorado is getting warmer with projections of up to 4.2oF (2.3oC) warmer by 2050.  

We live in a semi-arid state and are heavily dependent on annual snowmelt and runoff from the mountains to the plains for our water supply. Colorado averages only 17 inches per year of precipitation with high variability across the state. Climate change is making our water supply more variable, and less dependable and predictable. As a result of climate change and longer term aridification, we are increasingly weighing the value trade-offs regarding water use and how we want to allocate it across competing community needs like economic development, housing, parks, river health, recreation and more. Outdoor water use, including the functionality and aesthetic design of urban landscapes, is at the crux of this discussion. Irrigation of outdoor landscapes accounts for 40-50% of Colorado’s municipal water demand. The 2023 Colorado Water Plan notes the need for “transformative landscape change” water conscious and attractive urban landscapes that can be sustained on as little as one-day per week watering. Though past water conservation measures have decreased statewide per capita water use by 5% between 2008 and 2015, we have a long way to go to meet the ambitious goals of the Water Plan. 

Water-wise landscaping and land use practices can play a critical role in providing substantial and permanent water savings while minimizing water waste in Colorado communities. Urban water conservation requires water providers and other groups to work together in ways that extend beyond turf removal to advance the broader concept of landscape transformation to provide lasting water savings, while sustaining healthy communities.  

The Task Force arose at the direction of the Governor who charged CWCB with facilitating a task force discussion to evaluate the best practices for advancing outdoor water conservation. Recognizing that this topic is critical, and several efforts are currently underway to find policy solutions and best practices for urban landscapes, the Task Force plans to offer leadership and guidance at the state level by exploring where there are both opportunities and challenges for achieving sustained outdoor water savings. The Task Force will look into ways of implementing practical landscaping changes that increase water use efficiency and achieve sustained water savings, while supporting vibrant and beautiful communities.  

The 21-member task force includes eight water utilities, two water conservation and/or conservancy districts, two environmental nongovernmental organization representatives, and several single seats including a seat dedicated to the landscaping industry filled by ALCC president, John McMahon. McMahon will represent ALCC membership interests in these critical conversations. The team aim plans to meet four times in 2023, aiming to wrap-up provide a set of concepts to be considered by January 2024.  

Lifescape designs patios with superb views Email
Written by Colorado Green Now   
Tuesday, August 08, 2023 12:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

Staying nimble was the constant challenge for the Lifescape Colorado team as they navigated this project’s evolving commercial codes for rooftop outdoor living spaces. “The final outcome of this rooftop double-patio project with its outdoor living amenities and beautiful plants is impressive,says Mike Ransom, project manager. “The plants are like the frosting on the cake.” Of course, as with most complex projects, the beauty and functionality mask the behind-the-scenes challenges. As Rachelle Folsom, Lifescape marketing director noted, “The plant design had to address many challenges not related to the beauty of the finished project, yet many of the solutions enhanced the beauty. 

Commitment to communication 

A complex mix of people and organizations were involved in creating the evolving design, submitting permits and researching codes, as well providing input for ideas to modify designs to meet approval and codes. Players included the homeowners, general contractor, Lifescape team – including the landscape architect, Ariel Gelman, who partnered with Lifescape the builder and builder subcontractors, the city and more.  

“The commitment of the diverse team to coordinate communication through multiple means – email, phone, in person – was crucial to project success,” shares Ransom. “Issues were resolved as quickly as possible. I give credit to all the players. People had their tasks and deadlines they made it happen!” He likens the coordination to an ant farm. Everyone knew their role and what to do, and were committed to the same outcome. 

Penthouse neighbors shared a goal 

Owners of both penthouse condos shared the vision of creating “a crown jewel of mountain, stadium and city views from this new condo tower,” according to Folsom. Since owners of both units were Lifescape clients, they and the Lifescape landscape professionals were excited to team up and turn a 600 square foot space into an overall 2,200+ square foot container landscape with seating areas, outdoor cooking areas, firepits and the desired views.  

Almost weekly, new, updated presentation materials kept clients informed of evolving code changes to help them understand both the limitations of some design components, but more importantly, the possibilities and options for overcoming the limitations. Throughout ongoing design tweaks, the clients came to trust the Lifescape team’s expertise and understanding of the complexities they were working through.  

Plant selection and other rooftop challenges 

Plants were container-based and there were weight restrictions and city ordinances. Much of the plant material used in the design was dictated by multiple and evolving codes for rooftop landscapes. Of course, all plants – tree, perennials and annuals – had to be hardy enough to withstand conditions including harsh winds at the top of a 14-story building, as well as provide beauty and vibrancy. The design also needed to address codes and ordinances including solar reflection, night sky requirements, permeable ground, and weight restrictions.  

Getting supplies to the roof required ongoing coordination. Whereas some material could be brought up the service elevator to 14th floor and taken up the stairway to the roof, containers and trees has to be craned to the roof. 

Creating cohesion with two designs 

Though the singular vision of creating “the view was shared by the two homeowners, they had differing goals for their separate spaces. The spaces have a “cohesive aesthetic thread” beyond the mountain and city views. They both have containers filled with plants and blooms, and some hardy trees chosen to create shade. 

A four-foot wall of metal containers with boxwoods creates a natural privacy screen, yet the spaces can be connected, if desired. 

Riding the wave of challenge 

When Ransom, who has been in the industry of a long time, reflects on this project, he says, “I loved it! There were new challenges for all. We need to ride the waves of challenge, not fight them. It’s how we learn the possibilities.” 

Lifescape Colorado received ALCC’s Gold ELITE Award for Residential Plant Design for this project, Rooftop Doubleheader. 

Tis the season! Email
Written by Troy Sibelius   
Tuesday, July 25, 2023 12:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

Tis the season! No… not for mistletoe and holly, but sunburns and dehydration!  

By Troy Sibelius 

In hot weather, our body’s natural cooling systems are not enough. Heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke pose a real threat to outdoor workers. Heat stress has a significant negative impact on employee production and attendance that can cause project schedules and budgets go into disarray as companies scurry to complete the work. Let’s take a closer look what is really going on. 

Reality and myth 

You know the controls for working in the heat: provide plenty of water, sunscreen, sunglasses, allow regular breaks, etc. Unfortunately, a persistent myth is that production is hampered by adding more controls. Not only does this myth present a disregard for safety, but it’s also just plain wrong! In addition to preventing heat illness, proper controls can also prevent mental/physical fatigue and employee runoff. The myth assumes on-site downtime and precautions decrease employee output has a negative impact on your budget 

Let’s examine the effects heat has on productivity. Extensive research on human performance reveals a recurring statistic; for each degree above 80o F (roughly) productivity decreases anywhere from 2%-3%. This means on a 100o F summer day, without controls in place, production can be reduced by up to 50%. Under these conditions employees move slower, regularly forget equipment and materials, and produce lower quality work, possibly requiring rework. Studies also indicate that people working in these conditions on a regular basis (e.g., landscaper workers) showed tendencies toward increased absenteeism, conflicts, safety and HR complaints, and attrition. 

These issues have not been resolved by demanding that workers to “toughen up” or to “handle the heat or stay out of the kitchen.In the current labor market, employees are asking, “why should I prove I’m tough when the crew across the street has water, shade and regular breaks? Employees today are very aware of their value and other available job opportunities. Employers who make concessions to put controls in place simple to meet employees’ requests, trying to keep them happy, may still see them leave for an extra $0.25 per hour. Rather than making concessions, why not create an environment where people want to take pride in the quality of their work and have input into the conditions that allow them to perform well? 

Employee concessions or strategic decision? 

To address the topic of heat illness ask yourself and your employees, what could we correct that would make it easier to work in the heat? You might think, “that sounds like you’re making a concession,” and you would be correct if we stopped here. If we add the analysis of impact on the organization, instead of wasted time adding scheduled breaks to keep employees comfortable, we’re instead adding ‘concessions’ to reduce employee fatigue, attrition and negative impacts on production. Now you are making a strategic decision that managers can support because they see the direct impact. 

Here are few things you can do now to build a culture that honors employee value and promotes commitment to quality and production. 

  1. Create a list of project requirements when temperatures exceed 90o F. Select cost effective and high impact methods including shade tents, hardhat insert/ brims, wearing loose, light colored clothing and providing coolers stocked with ice, water, and electrolyte drinks. 

  1. Avoid overexertion during peak temperature hours. Work to implement more breaks and/or rotate workers when temperatures are high. If production is decreased due to heat, and adding more breaks improves the impact, you can have a net positive gain on production and increase employee morale. 

  1. Meet with employees to discuss what has been done and why and ask them for additional suggestions 

Now is the time to emphasize that employee culture and morale are valued assets, AND quality and production are expectations of the job. Everyone desires to show up, be treated respectfully, have contributions recognized, and go home injury and illness free. Under strong leadership, everyone can have shared goals, creating a successful company and culture where people want to show up AND take pride in their work.  

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Call for presentations NOW OPEN Email
Written by Colorado Green Now   
Tuesday, July 25, 2023 12:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

Submit your 2024 ProGreen EXPO session proposal now

We invite you to submit your session proposal for the 2024 ProGreen EXPO in Denver, Colorado, taking place January 30 - February 1, 2024. This annual conference allows green industry professionals in the Rocky Mountain region to gain vital knowledge and skills to improve business, educate employees and discover the latest trends for the upcoming season.

Submissions will be accepted through August 15, 2023.


We are working hard to make the 2024 ProGreen EXPO the best professional development experience that is available to green industry professionals. Please consider the session types that will be offered at ProGreen and submit your proposal for the type that fits best. Once you begin the application you will be able to select the topic(s) that best align with your session content.

Concurrent Sessions - formal presentations that can be 30 or 60 minutes in length. If desired, 60-minute sessions can be considered for CE/CLE credits.

Roundtable Sessions - conversation-style setting in which you lead the discussion on a topic of your choosing. Interactivity is key in this session format. 60 minutes in length (not eligible for CE/CLE credits).

If you have any conference or program questions, please contact:
[email protected]


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Help needed - Instructor for Fall semester

Tis the season!


Help needed! Instructor for Fall semester Email
Written by Colorado Green Now   
Tuesday, July 25, 2023 12:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

Front Range Community College is currently looking to hire an instructor for the Landscape Design I fall semester Larimer Campus. One of their long-time instructors is relocating but willing to help the new instructor navigate the content. The course shell is already built, so no need to re-invent the wheel. The fall semester is coming up fast, so please send out feelers or apply for this position if interested. Please email Molly McDonald directly for more details. 

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Tis the season!

Call for Presentations - NOW OPEN


H-2B Fly-in Email
Written by Colorado Green Now   
Tuesday, July 11, 2023 12:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

ALCC led the Colorado 12-person delegation on the D.C. Fly-in on June 14 and met with all the representative’s offices. Rep Petterson and Neguse signed a letter supporting RWE language being pursued with the judicial committee. Crow and Caraveo provided staffing challenges to making the deadline given for June 17 deadline. Still awaiting responses from the rest of the Colorado house representatives. A one-year returning workers exemption, with a three year look back, was added to FY 24 DHS Appropriations via a manager’s amendment (meaning non-controversial). 

  • It is unclear if this will go across the full House floor (very unlikely) but if it does have to go through the full House this will likely present some additional roadblocks that we will need to overcome just because of the narrow Republican majority and extremely volatile policy issues in DHS Appropriations.
  • We now will shift gears to the Senate appropriators, which conversations have already begun.  The question will be, “What will it take to garner Dem. Support for RWE?” There are several provisions that the coalition can support that are in the SEA bill, which is based on coalition positions we made last November/December.
  • Having an RWE now does not ensure that’s what we will have in December and is the best position we have been in since 2018.

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