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Soils Support Urban Life Email
Colorado Green NOW
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 06:00 AM

 

Stormwater can benefit a rain gardenThe Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) is coordinating a series of activities throughout 2015 International Year of Soil (IYS) to educate the public about the importance of soil. February’s theme is “Soils Support Urban Life.” In SSSA’s February Soils Matter blog post, staff from Chicago’s Metropolitan Water Reclamation District explain how rain gardens work.

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Colorado rises high in LEED building stats Email
Colorado Green NOW
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 03:30 AM

 

LEED certified Colorado Convention CtrLast week, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) released its annual list of the Top 10 States for LEED, the world’s most widely used and recognized green building rating system, ranking states in terms of square feet of LEED space per state resident. The per-capita list highlights states throughout the country that are making significant strides in sustainable building design, construction and transformation. Colorado placed #2 on the list for 2014.

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What’s the trump card – skills or character? Email
Colorado Green NOW
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 10:00 PM

 

Recruit for character over skillsIn an industry that requires skill in execution and the consistent delivery of services, common sense logic would indicate that job skills are number one and that experienced workers are always in the driver’s seat when it comes to being hired. Seems logical, yes, but the results of ALCC’s Fast Friday poll earlier this month indicate that some companies have always prized character and others are shifting their priorities in that direction.

We asked, “What’s your #1 hiring priority, job skills or character/qualities?” And for those willing to say more, we also asked if they had changed their recruiting game plan during the last couple years in response to the shortage of people to fill positions at all levels.

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Why one company puts skills first Email
Colorado Green NOW
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 08:00 PM

 

Skilled workers have an an advantageWhile only 10% of ALCC Fast Friday poll respondents value skills more than character, they are informed dissenters who speak with conviction based on many years of experience in the industry. Below is one business owner’s position on why skills are No. 1.

As a small business owner, my hiring priority is job skills. Always.

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Mi Casa is resource for Denver metro employers Email
Colorado Green NOW
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 04:00 PM

 

Denver metro area hiring resourcesDo you receive resumes that list courses and certifications that you don’t immediately recognize?

If you work in the Denver metro area, you might have seen Mi Casa Resource Center or Mi Casa Innovation Lab on a resume but moved right past it. For Denver area businesses, it is worth your time to be aware of Mi Casa programs to find quality candidates with a drive to succeed.

Mi Casa Resource Center offers many services to help working families achieve lasting economic success. While services are mostly targeted to Latinos, they welcome everyone looking to improve their financial health and develop a career path. Several programs could serve as a resource to landscape companies seeking qualified, reliable staff.

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