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Colorado Green NOW: the latest news for the Colorado landscape industry.


Denver green roof task force makes final recommendations Email

green roofOn Monday, the Denver Green Roof Review Task Force finalized its recommendations to City Council for updating the green roof initiative that was voted into law last November. The revised ordinance gives developers and building owners multiple options for delivering green benefits on their projects.

Landscape Career Pathways update [infographic] Email

ALCC’s Landscape Career Pathways program continues to grow, doing more than just raising awareness of career opportunities in the landscape industry. The program is training students to be job-ready, through Career & Technical Education at high schools along the Front Range and offering irrigation boot camps for existing employees who want to learn or improve their skills.

OSHA outlines enforcement of silica standard Email

worksite dustThe U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently issued a memorandum outlining the initial enforcement of the standard for respirable crystalline silica in general industry and maritime. Most provisions of the standard became enforceable on June 23, 2018. The standard establishes a new 8-hour time-weighted average permissible exposure limit, action level, and associated ancillary requirements.

Social media: keep it short, make it visual Email

ALCC recently attended Facebook Community Boost Denver, a free conference designed to help small businesses use Facebook and Instagram more effectively. Over the next few months, Colorado Green NOW will feature some of the lessons learned at this event.

Top performers from CSU offer more plant diversity Email

Sugar mapleIn addition to the usual factors for tree selection, such as cold hardiness, soil tolerance, water needs and mature size, species diversity should be a critical consideration. To create species diversity, plant no more than 10 percent of any single species, 20 percent of any genus and 30 percent of any family, especially in larger landscape settings.

Colorado State University continues its woody plant evaluation research, collecting data yearly. Consider the following eight woody plant species to add more tree diversity in your urban application.

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