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The latest ALCC news, including Colorado Green NOW articles, legislative updates, and programming announcements. 

OSHA releases guide for compliance with silica exposure final rule Email
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 02:00 AM

Last week, OSHA issued a guide for small businesses regarding the final rule for silica dust exposure.

We are pleased to inform you that OSHA’s Small Entity Compliance Guide for Construction is now available. The guide is intended to help small business employers comply with the rule by explaining each requirement in easy-to-understand language. Enforcement of the final rule in construction is due to begin June 23, 2017.

A separate compliance guide for General Industry and Maritime will be available soon. Enforcement for general industry and maritime is due to begin on June 23, 2018.

For full details, visit

Previously on the LAB:

OSHA final rule aims to curb silicosis


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H-2B update: Congress is back in Washington Email
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 02:00 PM
H-2B action needed

Help #SaveH-2B!

From the H-2B Workforce Coalition:

Congress returns to Washington today. After organizing for next Congress, the first order of business will be addressing federal government spending for the remainder of the fiscal year (December 9, 2016-September 30, 2017). While it is not yet clear if Congress will finish all of the spending bills or pass another short-term, IS IT ESSENTIAL THAT YOU CALL AND EMAIL YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS AND ASK THEM TO ADDRESS THE H-2B RETURNING WORKER EXEMPTION AND H-2B REGULATORY RELIEF IN ANY UPCOMING APPROPRIATIONS BILL.

ALCC/GreenCO post-election review and analysis Email
Thursday, November 10, 2016 02:00 AM

ALCC/GreenCO lobbyists have issued a "2016 Post Election Review and Analysis" on issues related to the green industry in Colorado. You can view the report here

UPDATE: An updated report was added at 11:06AM on 11/10/2016.

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The journey to build a career pathway Email
Wednesday, November 09, 2016 08:00 AM

Landscape Career Pathways Program
With the current labor shortage in the landscape industry, the slow but steady progress of the Landscape Career Pathway Program may seem frustrating. Waiting for graduates enter the industry may seem like forever. But when you consider the efforts that it took to reach this point in the process—where we might see graduates in the workforce as soon as next spring—it’s clear that the program has made considerable progress in less than two years.

Recruiting young people for the industry: what CSU’s Zach Johnson tells parents Email
Wednesday, November 09, 2016 06:00 AM

Zachary Johnson, CSU
When parents think of hoped-for professions for their college-bound kids, working in the landscape industry is rarely on the preferred list with surgeon, attorney, accountant, engineer or IT wizard. So it’s no surprise when Zach Johnson—professor in CSU’s Environmental Horticulture, Landscape Design nd Contracting program—meets with parents of prospective students, he has an uphill climb.  But telling them some of his grads are earning six-figure incomes does get their attention.

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