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A little landscape water reaps big benefits Email
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Tuesday, July 25, 2017 05:00 AM

 

Landscapes use 3% of CO waterLandscape uses 3% of the Colorado water supply. But what does it give in return? This infographic offers a look at some of the many benefits to keeping our urban environments healthy.

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CSU research quantifies the value of urban landscapes Email
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Tuesday, July 25, 2017 05:00 AM


landscapeResearchers at Colorado State University published “The Hidden Value of Landscapes: Implications for Drought Planning” this year and are speaking with Colorado water managers and stakeholders this summer about their findings.

This study, for the first time, has quantified the return on investment (ROI) of the water used for landscapes given the significant environmental, economic and social benefits our green spaces provide. It reports that Colorado landscapes use only 3% of available water consumed in Colorado.

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Denver requires energy benchmarking for buildings Email
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Tuesday, July 25, 2017 04:00 AM


warehouseIf your green industry business is in Denver and is more than 25,000 square feet, you are now required to benchmark your energy use and report it to the city. Failure to do so could result in a fine of $2,000.

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USCIS issues release about H-2B program Email
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Monday, July 17, 2017 02:00 AM

 

H-2B update

WASHINGTON — U.S. businesses in danger of suffering irreparable harm due to a lack of available temporary nonagricultural workers will be able to hire up to 15,000 additional temporary nonagricultural workers under the H-2B program under a final rule that the Departments of Homeland Security and Labor submitted to the Federal Register today. To qualify for the additional visas, petitioners must attest, under penalty of perjury, that their business is likely to suffer irreparable harm if it cannot employ H-2B nonimmigrant workers during fiscal year (FY) 2017.

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Please Help #SaveH2B 7-14-17 Email
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Friday, July 14, 2017 02:00 AM

 

H-2B updateCurrent status
An interim final rule to increase the number of H-2B visas is reportedly being reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget.  We are hopeful that this regulation will be issued shortly.
In late June, a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) spokesperson announced that Secretary John Kelly would soon expand the number of H-2B visas available this fiscal year, as is authorized under the fiscal 2017 Consolidated Appropriations Act. DHS spokesperson David Lapan qualified the statement, however, by stating that Secretary Kelly would make a small number of visas available in late July to a limited number of businesses that would be "severely harmed" without an immediate influx of H-2B workers.
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