The ELITE Awards

The ELITE Awards

ALCC is proud to present The ELITE Awards, which recognize professionalism and innovation, as well as business practices and original projects. The recipient of The ELITE Awards is a company or an individual who elevates the landscape industry through excellence.

The awards recognize not only professionalism and great execution in the field--but also business practices, innovation and the people in your companies who make it all happen. 

The nominations for 2021 awards will begin in May 2021, and the award categories and overall program may look a little different. A task force of members has reviewed the program and made some refinements to the award categories and criteria. Additional information will be available in May 2021. Refer to the frequently asked questions for more detail on the entry process and award categories. 

For questions about the awards program, contact Melissa Emdin at 720 307-5092. Please see below for a list of categories and award criteria.

MVP Award - The MVP award seeks to recognize an employee who has made an exceptional contribution through their involvement, leadership and ability to make a difference in the company.

Plant Design Award - Entries submitted in this category should be for a project demonstrating effective plant design. This award will have subcategories for annual gardens, perennial gardens or a mix.

Irrigation Management Award - Entries submitted in this category should be for a project demonstrating superior water savings as a result of making irrigation efficiency upgrades and landscape changes. A well-maintained irrigation system reduces water runoff, excessive irrigation and minimizes erosion from applied water. 

Community Stewardship Award - Entries submitted in this category should demonstrate leadership through dedication and contribution to the good of the community. Community stewardship is demonstrated by carrying out and/or participating in community service projects. These projects may be industry related (improving or maintaining public or school gardens, other lawn/landscape projects, etc), or non-industry related activities (walk/run, raising funds for the community, providing services).

Innovation Award - Entries submitted in this category should offer a creative solution to a problem. It could relate to retaining existing customers while attracting new ones, improving products and services, or raising your public image. This could be done within design or horticulture, or a practical application of new technology or known technology in new and experimental ways.

Sustainability Award - Entries submitted in this category should offer a creative solution to a problem. Sustainability promotes environmental stewardship and improvement in order to preserve natural resources such as water and energy by delivering environmentally responsible applications for site needs and customer desires. Sustainability encompasses the 7 Principles of Xeriscape, the GreenCO BMPs, efficient water management and the sustainable landscape practices found in ALCC’s Green Strategies for Colorado Landscapes .

Maintenance Award- Entries submitted in this category should be for a project that exemplifies the highest standards of landscape maintenance practices.

Design/Build Award - Entries submitted in this category should be for a landscape design and installation that exemplifies quality workmanship consistent with industry best management practices, follows design and related specifications for the project, and satisfies client expectations in the finished product. Project must be designed by an in-house landscape architect or designer and constructed by the company submitting the project.

Landscape Construction Award -Entries submitted in this category should be for a landscape installation or renovation that exemplifies quality workmanship consistent with industry best management practices, follows related specifications for the project, and satisfies client expectations in the finished product.

Frequently Asked Questions

See past recipients of ALCC's former Excellence in Landscape Awards

See Volunteer Awards recipients