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October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, October 26, 2021 05:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and it’s not just for large organizations and corporations. We all use the Internet daily: on our phones, on work computers, and even when we pay for coffee at a drive-through. Every time we use the Internet, there is an opportunity for cyber-criminals. Small businesses owe it to their company, which they worked hard to build, to their employees, and to their clients to keep information and systems safe.

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A strong password is not enough Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, October 26, 2021 04:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

These days, having a strong password isn’t enough. It’s still important to come up with a strong, not-easy-to-guess password (please don’t tell us you are still using password123 or your dog’s name!) and to change it regularly. Yes, it’s inconvenient, but passwords can be uncovered by scammers. So what more can be done to protect your online assets? Enter multifactor authentication.

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Ransomware becoming the #1 online threat to small businesses Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, October 26, 2021 03:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

Ransomware allows a cybercriminal to access a network and lock the owner out of the company’s system. It may sound like something out of a sci-fi film, but it is very real and is becoming more common. Businesses owners, regardless of size, should take steps to prevent their data from being compromised.

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What is phishing? Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, October 26, 2021 02:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

Phishing occurs when an email is sent from a cybercriminal in an attempt to learn sensitive information about a person or company. Phishing emails may invite the recipient to pay an invoice, confirm personal information, or complete a sign-up or registration.

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Be on the lookout for email spoofing Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, October 26, 2021 01:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

Email spoofing involves sending messages with a forged email address. When you receive an email that says it is from your friend John Doe, you can avoid opening a dangerous message by looking to see if the sender's email address is not his own. But when the message shows a sender email that matches his, you might feel comfortable opening the message and clicking on a link inside. That’s the danger of spoofing.

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H-2B update: cap reached, returning worker exemption, DOL audits Email
Written by John McMahon   
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 12:00 AM

As you may know, it was announced earlier this week that the H-2B Cap has been reached for first-half of FY2022 (winter-season). Our first focus of advocacy efforts is to ask Senators Bennet and Hickenlooper to help us get the release of additional discretionary H-2B visas.

While we believe that DHS is prepared to release those visas, we anticipate that DOL will be slow in responding. Therefore, your outreach to your Senators, asking them to help us influence DOL to expedite the release of the visas, is very important.

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Boot camp success depends on industry support Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, October 12, 2021 05:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

Last week, ALCC launched a new hands-on training program for landscape industry technicians. The pilot offering was held at Pickens Technical College in Aurora over two days. ALCC hopes to continue to offer the program with the support of member organizations.

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In memoriam: Alison Peck was pillar for sustainable practices Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, October 12, 2021 04:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

Alison Peck, founder of Matrix Gardens in Boulder, passed away unexpectedly on April 15, 2021 after a stroke. She was 63. The Colorado landscape industry will remember her as a champion for landscapes that embraced sustainability, water conservation, wildlife habitat and the use of native plants.

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Garden Trends Report sees increased spending in 2022 Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, October 12, 2021 03:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

According to a recent marketing report, 2022 looks promising for sales and services related to gardening. Consumers reported that they are spending more money and more time on gardening and on improving their outdoor spaces. The 2022 Garden Trends Report says that spending surged in 2021 over the previous year, and the National Retail Federation expects a 10.5% growth in spending next year.

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Landscape companies grew despite ongoing challenges Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, October 12, 2021 02:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

Lawn & Landscape has published its annual State of the Industry report for the US landscape industry. The findings should come as no surprise to company owners: labor is in short supply, and there is more work available than most companies can take on. But despite the ongoing challenges and a slight decrease in revenue, more than three-quarters of respondents said that their companies saw a profit in 2020.

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Denver Water receives national sustainability award Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, October 12, 2021 01:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

The Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA) has recognized Denver Water with its 2021 Sustainable Water Utility Management Award. Four agencies received honors this year.

The award was launched in 2014 to “recognize member utilities that have made a commitment to sustainable management.” It was a repeat performance for Denver Water, which received the award in 2018 as well. The honor is especially impressive in light of the fact that an agency cannot receive the award in consecutive years and is eligible every three years.

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HFWA21 Email
Written by ALCC   
Wednesday, September 29, 2021 12:00 AM

Resources regarding paid sick leave requirements in Colorado 

Read the signed bill text of SB20-205

Read the CDLE rules regarding HFWA (pdf)

Read CDLE's Interpretive Notice & Formal Opinion (“INFO”) # 6A, Paid Leave under the Healthy Families and Workplaces Act (pdf)

Read CDLE's Interpretive Notice & Formal Opinion #6B Paid Leave under the Healthy Families and Workplaces Act ((pdf)

Read CDLE's Interpretive Notice & Formal Opinion #6CHow Healthy Families and Workplaces Act (“HFWA”) Paid Leave Differs in 2020 & 2021, and How It Differs from Federal Law, Prior Colorado Law, and Paid Family/Medical Leave (pdf)

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Sustainability House renovation update Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, September 21, 2021 05:00 AM

Colorado Green NowThe renovation of the UCCS Sustainability Demonstration House water-wise garden was completed late this summer. Staff are planning an official opening, but those who have worked on the project are celebrating the success of a project that faced challenges related to the pandemic, supply chain issues and labor shortages in addition to the expected challenges that can occur with such an ambitious collaboration.

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