August 2019

Matt Hiner

My work with ALCC and being part of the Colorado landscape industry makes me proud. I am especially proud of the work that my peers accomplished last month in DC, when ALCC led a delegation of Colorado landscape professionals to NALP’s Days on the Hill.

The Colorado delegation truly showed our fellow industry members why we are better by nature. We met with the offices of every one of Colorado’s senators and representatives. Our engagement with legislators was noted by NALP members, and we made good progress on our advocacy goals.

My involvement with these fly-ins and other advocacy efforts is always tremendously rewarding. I encourage you to join us in efforts to effect changes in legislation and regulations and help landscape companies thrive in our state. Whether it means making a call or sending an email to your local representative or flying to Capitol Hill to talk with a Senator, advocacy is important. Together, our voice is louder and more impactful.

As we head toward fall, I look forward to a new type of advocacy with ALCC: the launch of our Sustainable Landscape Management (SLM) Initiative. While ALCC has always advocated for responsible water use and landscape practices, SLM Colorado formalizes the basic principles of those practices. Informed by existing projects like the GreenCO BMPs and Sustainable Landscape Partners, SLM aims to educate not only all landscape professionals but also consumers in Colorado about how to be responsible stewards of our built landscapes.

Launching a movement to establish sustainable landscape maintenance practices across the state is no small feat. It requires the support of each and every ALCC member. I invite you to learn more at www.alcc.com/SLM, and contact us to learn how you can be part of this exciting new chapter in the Colorado landscape industry.

Matt Hiner
Hiner Outdoor Living, Colorado Springs
ALCC Board President