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Lifescape Colorado receives Gold ELITE Award for Maintenance Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Monday, May 09, 2022 04:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

There was a time at the beginning of the millennium, after more than 20 years in business, when Lifescape Colorado focused its passion and creativity on landscape design and construction, its core competencies, and did not continue with ongoing maintenance. For the past three years Lifescape has maintained the “Charm Grows Here” property, a residence for which they completed the design/build work in 2004. Lifescape established a maintenance division in 2011 and the property owners reached out. Lifescape’s efforts were rewarded with ALCC’s Gold ELITE Award for Residential Maintenance.

Colorado Green spoke with Ben Pritchett, garden manager, and Matt Cloud, now director of onboarding and quality assurance, about caring for the property. Cloud likes to say, “Our design/build clients are those we date, but we marry our maintenance clients.”

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Pickens Tech ramps up hort program Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Monday, May 09, 2022 03:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

For 25+ years, Urban Horticulture & Landscape Management at Pickens Technical College, Aurora, has trained young people and older career changers for landscape industry jobs. Rachel Durkan, new instructor in 2021, envisions it as “one of the gems of the Front Range for green industry career training.” Already, many students work in horticulture/landscape jobs outside the classroom.

Durkan is pleased with a new classroom, greenhouse upgrades and help from colleague Donna Nading, who manages greenhouse operations and more. Both bring past training and work experience to their jobs.

Durkan’s career has been varied from growing tropicals in Hawaii to driving a snowplow in Colorado. She went to Virginia Tech, then received a graduate degree from CSU in agriculture extension education, and recently, was maintenance account manager for a local landscape firm.

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Denver Landscapes passes 25 years Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Monday, May 09, 2022 02:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

“I grew up in Oklahoma with family members who were farmers, ranchers, or in construction or general contracting,” says Shane Meyer, owner of Denver Landscapes. “I had a strong work ethic and was business oriented. And I had access to the many tools of various family members and became very handy. I could build most anything and I learned to repair everything we owned.” This skill set would serve him well. When at the University of Oklahoma, his high school mowing business evolved and he taught himself how to repair sprinkler systems.

When a friend moved to Colorado and invited Meyer to visit, he applied for a summer job as an irrigation tech and learned even more. After moving to Colorado in 1994 to work for his former boss, he learned the business was being sold and the new owner planned to replace Meyer with his son.

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Tip of the Week has been re-vamped. Share for FREE! Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Monday, May 09, 2022 01:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

We, at ALCC, are excited to announce the re-vamp of our “Tip of the Week” emails. Tip of the Week has been a huge success and we are thrilled to offer this revamped member benefit.

Our intent is to now make Tip of the Week available to all our members and to all our members' clients. ALCC will now give you permission, FREE of charge, to add your logo/brand to the email and to forward Tip of the Week to your clients.
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When is the right time to hire an HR manager? Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Monday, April 25, 2022 04:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

Zak George, owner of Zak George Landscaping (ZGL), Fort Collins, says “In my opinion, once you cross the 50-employee mark it’s worth having an HR department, if the company has a growth mindset.” He thought it was time in 2019 for his company. But he took his time. He wanted the right fit.

At the time, ZGL had around 30 year-round employees with numbers growing to nearly 80 when including seasonal employees—both H-2B and nationals.

In late 2019, ZGL hired David Curtis as the company’s first HR Manager. “People were probably curious to see how it would work out,” Curtis reflects. “I have a degree in psychology, not HR, and this was a new position at the company. Among other factors, I think Zak hired me because of my experience managing a branch within a large corporation where I often handled the HR functions."

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CALCP gives back at 2022 Day of Service Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Monday, April 25, 2022 03:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

Members of the Colorado Arborists and Lawn Care Professionals (CALCP) came together April 8 to donate their time and talent to make a difference in the community. Held annually, the CALCP Day of Service finds a non-profit organization in need of lawn and tree care and offers to help. This year, it was Gateway Domestic Violence Shelter where they pruned trees, fixed the irrigation system, sprayed for weeds, laid down mulch, and cleaned up the debris.

CALCP had the opportunity to make a small difference for those women and children in need of shelter and a safe space. Volunteers provided a host of services to the exterior making it more inviting for residents. Minimal funding has meant that little is available for outdoor upkeep.

“I'm pleased with the amazing work our volunteers provided to make an unfavorable situation just a bit more welcoming for the residents,” said Dayna Macbeth, president, CALCP board of directors.

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Pathways schools sell plants for Mother’s Day and more Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Monday, April 25, 2022 02:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

Students at three Career Pathways high schools and one community college are busy potting up plants grown in their greenhouses for annual Mother’s Day and spring plant sales. Platte Valley High School in rural Kersey, Greeley West High School, Westminster High School and Pickens Technical College, Aurora, have long traditions of growing annuals, veggies and more while teaching students propagation and growing techniques, irrigation, customer service and business management. Greeley West will also showcase their new greenhouse with an Open House May 14-15, 2022.

If you are near any of these schools during the dates below, consider dropping in to support the plant sales and local horticulture programs. Many people in the industry today are here because they found a passion for plants in their school’s greenhouse.

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ALCC back on 9NEWS Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Monday, April 25, 2022 01:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

And we are back! After a 2-year hiatus, due to COVID, ALCC is back on Channel 9 News beginning April 22! Every Friday, ALCC will be a part of the 9NEWS backyard garden segments airing at 4:20 p.m.

This regular weekly segment and partnership gives us a chance to create a sustainable landscape at the Channel 9 station. We will be highlighting ALCC, and its members and leadership as industry experts in all things related to sustainable landscape design, installation and maintenance.

One of ALCC’s 2022 initiatives is to promote the Water Education Colorado campaign, Water’22 with water savings tips. Minor changes can have a significant impact. ALCC will continue to share water-saving messages for consumers, such as to continue planting drought tolerant plants. On April 22, ALCC expert Adam Thompson, from Brightview Landscape Services, provided tips for water-wise planning and planting.

As Thompson shared with 9News viewers, “What we want to do is reduce evapotranspiration while keeping plants and turf happy and healthy.”

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LatiKnow Leadership Committee kicks off Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, April 12, 2022 04:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

Luis Estrada, account manager at Metco Landscape, Inc., Aurora, sees Latinos as an underutilized resource in the green industry and he is not alone. This year, ALCC has made it a priority to attract and engage more Latinos, including both Latino-owned businesses and Latino employees across the industry, and established a committee. Estrada is the committee chairperson. Originally called Latinos in Green, during the first meeting the group named themselves the LatiKnow Leadership Committee.

“There are many Latinos who could have careers in the landscape industry,” he says. “But they need more training and education. Training will elevate the Latino community and provide needed support for the industry.”

Marisol Medrano, human resources director at CoCal Landscape, and a member of Latino Leadership Institute (LLI) fellowship understands the issues companies face with the labor shortage and how engaging the Latino community is important. “We are glad we can bring our voice to the table,” say Medrano. “Many Latino businesses are small and business owners could use information to help scale their businesses.” Medrano is also on the LatiKnow Leadership Committee.

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Meet Christy Eull, new ALCC communications director Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, April 12, 2022 03:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

“This opportunity feels like coming back to what I really love to do,” says Christy Eull, communications director at ALCC. “Communication is a thing we all do anyway but I love the creative part, the writing and crafting ways to get the information out. That is really my passion, being creative.”

Christy EullEull brings over 15 years’ experience in marketing communications, copy writing, digital marketing and more. She received a bachelor degree in marketing communications from University of Minnesota and a master’s certificate in business from University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis. She’s a relative ‘newbie’ to Colorado, having come for the first time only two years ago when her husband got a job here. “I’d never been to Colorado but I knew I didn’t want to experience -54 degrees anymore. I wanted a warmer climate and he wanted the mountains. So here we are!”

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Women in Green Committee Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, April 12, 2022 02:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

ALCC’s Women in Green Committee was established to address recruitment and training of women for landscape industry careers. The first two meetings were focused on surveying ALCC members, specifically women working in the industry to learn about their work, needs unique to them, challenges, training desires and career goals.

They will also survey ALCC company owners and managers, most of whom are men, to find out whether they currently employ women and in what roles, and their collective interest level in recruiting women to their companies.

Ultimately, the committee hopes this data will inform ways to expand career options for women and strategies to recruit more women to the landscape industry. Brainstorming will continue on ways to market careers for women both within and outside the industry via social media and other means, mentoring, offering classes and skills training geared to women at ProGreen 2023, and outreach among Career Pathways high schools and colleges with industry-related programs.

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CSU ranks 9th in national landscape competition Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, April 12, 2022 01:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

Colorado State University (CSU) ranked ninth among schools—based on total team scores—at the 2022 National Collegiate Landscape Competition (NCLC). Over the years, the CSU team has consistently ranked near the top of this event sponsored by National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP).

This year’s competition, held in person at North Carolina State University following two years of virtual events due to the pandemic, hosted approximately 500 students from more than 40 two- and four-year colleges and universities from across the country. Several CSU students placed within the top five in their chosen events.

The event is both a skills competition where students are evaluated on their ability to perform hands-on landscape tasks and a job prospecting opportunity. Landscape firms from around the country actively recruit students for jobs and internships.

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First Tom Trench scholarship awarded Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, March 22, 2022 04:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

ALCC awarded the first Tom Trench Memorial Scholarship to Angela Essex in March. Essex is in her first year of a two-year program at Front Range Community College (FRCC) studying horticulture with a focus on greenhouse management. This year’s scholarship was doubled by FRCC matching the funds awarded by the Trench scholarship.

The Tom Trench Memorial Scholarship was established in 2021 as an annual award to honor Trench, who passed earlier in the year, for his many years of service within the landscape community. He served as president of ALCC, was always a willing volunteer, and is remembered as a mentor, business resource and friend to many in the industry.

Three other scholarships were awarded to students enrolled at Colorado State University (CSU).

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