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Front Range students ready for landscape jobs Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, May 11, 2021 05:00 AM

Looking to hire for the summer? Students in the Sustainable Agriculture Green Energy (SAGE) Program at Colorado’s Finest High School of Choice in Englewood are ready to work. “Our school has a virtual job board and a high percentage of students over the age of 18,” explains Scott Wallace, SAGE facilitator.

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Support and collaboration make the industry stronger Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, May 11, 2021 04:00 AM

Demand for landscape services is high these days, though landscape companies continue to face challenges in taking advantage of that demand and growing their business. Workforce shortage, supply chain disruption, and more can slow the pace of growth.

But one area of opportunity that has not shrunk amid ongoing challenges is that of support from within the industry. The catchphrase, “We are all in this together,” repeated often during the pandemic, is especially true in the green industry.

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Suppliers offer more than just products Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, May 11, 2021 03:00 AM

Vendors who support the industry represent a wide variety of companies. As expected, suppliers of rocks, turf, irrigation equipment, landscape equipment and plant material keep landscape contractors in business by delivering the products they need to serve clients.

These are the tangibles, things we can see. This is similarly true for vehicle dealers. But there are numerous intangibles—services and education—that suppliers, as well as other service firms, provide including marketing consultants, software providers, insurance companies and many more are also instrumental in keeping the industry running smoothly.

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Step outside your comfort zone and feel the support Email
Written by Mike Ransom   
Tuesday, May 11, 2021 02:00 AM

“OK, I can do this. I can do this.”  I was sitting in a hallway outside of one of the lecture halls at the [Colorado] Convention Center trying to calm myself down. Kristen Fefes (former executive director of ALCC) had asked if I would work with Martin Mosko (Marpa Design Studio) to talk about water features at ProGreen. I was to handle the technical side while Martin showed the beauty and art of water features. When I showed up at ProGreen that morning I learned Martin had woken up sick. I peeked into the lecture hall and figured about 300 people were already waiting.

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Walk-up vaccination clinic this weekend (May 1) Email
Written by ALCC   
Thursday, April 29, 2021 12:00 AM

COVID-19 vaccineAre you trying to help your team get vaccinated against COVID-19? ALCC has just learned of a new resource for finding vaccine appointments. 

There will be a drive-through and walk-up COVID-19 vaccination clinic (Pfizer) this Saturday, May 1, at the Aurora Municipal Center, 15151 E. Alameda Parkway. Sign up for an appointment: at https://www.comassvax.org/reg/5610729087. This webpage has a Spanish translation.

This information was shared by Focus Points Family Resource Center. You can follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/focuspoints where they post up-to-date resources.

 
Days on the Hill to be virtual for 2021 Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, April 27, 2021 05:00 AM

Once again, Colorado landscape industry professionals are invited to engage with government officials at Legislative Days on the Hill. The annual event, hosted by NALP, is an opportunity for the landscape industry to make its concerns known to lawmakers. This year the event will be held virtually due to ongoing restrictions related to coronavirus.

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Spring is a good time to review your safety plan Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, April 27, 2021 04:00 AM

The COVID-19 crisis brought new challenges to ensuring workplace safety. As landscape companies begin their busiest part of the year, it’s an excellent time to re-evaluate your overall workplace safety plan—not just COVID precautions. April 28 is World Safety and Health at Work Day, as declared by ILO (International Labour Organization). Why not take the day to start your safety program review?

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Educating consumers on tree choices is important and ongoing Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, April 27, 2021 02:00 AM

Landscape professionals understand that trees have tremendous value and offer many benefits: trees prevent soil erosion and water pollution, provide shade for homes and habitat for wildlife, and increase property values. But consumers need ongoing education and reminders of the role trees play in the health and beauty of communities.

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2020 CSU flower trials top performers Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, April 27, 2021 01:30 AM

The following five perennials received the 2020 “Top Performer” award at the CSU Trial Gardens. Out of the 67 taxa planted in 2018, these five plants were the superior performers during three growing seasons and two winters in the Fort Collins trials.

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COVID vaccines: implications in the workplace Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, April 27, 2021 01:00 AM

There are several implications for employers regarding COVID vaccines. Can you ask if an employee or job candidate is vaccinated? Can you mandate vaccines? Employers can download a free toolkit from CDC regarding vaccines and the workplace. Employers Council also tackled this topic in a helpful video. 

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Urgent: email Sen. Bennet today about H-2B Email
Written by John McMahon   
Monday, April 26, 2021 12:00 AM

Good afternoon,

In partnership with the Seasonal Employment Alliance (SEA), we ask for your help in reaching out to Senator Bennet in support of H-2B reform.

DHS’s recent release of 22,000 H-2B visas underscores the need for Congress to fix this program permanently. 100% of our frustration and determination should be channeled into advocating for a permanent fix. Counting on either the Trump or Biden administration to bail us and Congress out each year has been an abject disaster.

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Ask USCIS to release supplemental H-2B visas Email
Written by John McMahon   
Tuesday, April 13, 2021 12:00 AM

Last week, on April 8, USCIS hosted an H-2B Nonimmigrant Worker Supplemental Visas Listening Session. There were many participants on the call representing the landscape industry, forestry, and hospitality along with other industries who benefit from the H-2B program. Due to the high volume of participants, not everyone was able to speak on the call. While the comments made on the call were overwhelmingly in support of the need for additional H-2B visas, opponents of the program continue to lobby the Administration against the release of supplemental visas. It is important that we make our collective voices heard and that we urge DHS to immediately release all additional H-2B visas that are authorized under the law.

Please take a minute to send a short email to USCIS stressing the need for the immediate release of supplemental visas. 

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Upcoming SLM Colorado online training class Email
Written by Melissa Emdin   
Wednesday, April 07, 2021 12:00 AM

SLM Colorado training

Earn your Sustainable Landscape Management (SLM) Colorado certificate at next week's online class on Tuesday, April 13. Deadline to register for this session is Friday, April 9.

Register for this SLM training class delivered via webinar – and take advantage of a discounted registration fee, courtesy of Northern Water Conservancy District. Northern Water is subsidizing a portion of the registration fee for all participants for a limited time.

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