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2021 Colorado legislative session summary for the green industry Email
Written by Colorado Green Now   
Tuesday, August 24, 2021 04:00 AM

Colorado Green NowAfter an unusual session that included long recesses due to the ongoing pandemic, Colorado's 2021 legislative session concluded in June. GreenCO lobbyists Hicks & Associates have issued their summary of the session and legislation related to the green industry.

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ProGreen EXPO 2022 invites speaker suggestions and proposals Email
Written by Colorado Green Now   
Tuesday, August 24, 2021 03:00 AM

Colorado Green NowThe organizers of ProGreen EXPO are still accepting industry input for 2022 programming. The event will return to its traditional in-person format next year with a full slate of education and events.

ALCC has created an online form for submitting topic and speaker suggestions for educational sessions. Landscape professionals are encouraged to offer their ideas. Submit education session topic ideas here.

ProGreen has also issued a call for proposals from those with expertise or knowledge to share. Prospective presenters can use ProGreen's online portal to submit a session proposal for consideration. For its contribution to educational programming, ALCC is interested in a variety of topics related to technical skills for the landscape industry, business and leadership, landscape design, and sustainability in landscaping. 

UPDATE 9/21/21: The deadline to submit proposals is Friday, September 24.

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Tax credits still available for sick leave under FFCRA Email
Written by Colorado Green Now   
Tuesday, August 24, 2021 02:00 AM

Colorado Green NowEmployers with fewer than 500 employees may opt into participation in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which provides paid family leave and paid sick leave related to COVID-19. Those employers may continue the program through September 30, 2021. The benefit to employers could be matching tax credits for sick leave dollars paid.

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Northern Water opens new grant cycle for water-wise landscapes Email
Written by Colorado Green Now   
Tuesday, August 24, 2021 01:00 AM

Colorado Green NowNorthern Water has opened a new grant cycle for its Collaborative Water-Efficient Landscape Grant Program. The program, which has awarded $145,000 in funding this year to 13 water-efficient landscape renovation projects, is looking for grantees for its fourth year of the program.

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Judges need for The ELITE Awards 2021 Email
Written by Melissa Emdin   
Thursday, August 12, 2021 12:00 AM

Help choose The ELITE Awards

ALCC is looking for 10-15 members to serve as judges for The ELITE Awards submissions. Each judge will be assigned to review about five submissions in one of the award categories: Design/Build, Landscape Construction, Plant Design, Maintenance, or Sustainability.

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If you have 5-10 hours to volunteer in late August-early September and have five or more years of experience in the landscape industry, we would love to have you review and evaluate submissions. Contact Melissa Emdin at 720 307-5092 for more information or to express interest in volunteering.

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ProGreen EXPO call for proposals 2021 Email
Written by Melissa Emdin   
Thursday, August 12, 2021 12:00 AM

ProGreen EXPO education planning

ProGreen EXPO logoPlanning for ProGreen EXPO 2022 is in full swing, and ALCC wants your input! Is there a topic you’d like to see addressed in an educational session? Submit education session topic ideas here.

Do you have expertise or knowledge you want to share at ProGreen? We invite you to submit a session proposal for consideration. ALCC is interested in a variety of topics related to technical skills for landscape industry, business and leadership, landscape design, and sustainability in landscaping. 

 
Protect workers in excessive heat and poor air quality Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, August 10, 2021 05:00 AM

Colorado Green NOW

Excessive heat and poor air quality from wildfire smoke both pose hazards to landscape workers. Be sure that your team’s safety program includes education on recognizing these hazards and taking steps to prevent injury or illness.

To prevent heat illness, OSHA recommends that employers:

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ALCC hosts sold-out golf tournament in Littleton Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, August 10, 2021 04:00 AM

Colorado Green NOW

On August 4, 2021, ALCC hosted its annual golf tournament with 144 golfers and 20 sponsoring companies. The tournament, held at Arrowhead Golf Course in Littleton, was sold out well in advance of the event date. Landscape professionals were eager to gather in person and enjoy some social and networking time with peers.

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Long COVID now covered as a disability Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, August 10, 2021 03:00 AM

Colorado Green NOW

Last week, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released guidance on accommodating those with “long COVID.” The guidance states “that long COVID can be a disability under Titles II (state and local government) and III (public accommodations) of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), and Section 1557 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Section 1557).”

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No surprises in Jobber mid-year report Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, August 10, 2021 01:00 AM

Colorado Green NOW

Consumer spending on home services recovered faster than all other categories and has exceeded pre-pandemic levels from June 2020 onwards, finds a mid-year report from home services website Jobber.

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Bearss thrives despite tough Buena Vista climate Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, August 10, 2021 01:00 AM

Colorado Green NOW

“There are better places to start a landscape business than Buena Vista,” says Josh Bearss who founded Bearss Landscaping in 2005. He admits the high mountain desert climate is challengingIt’s windy and there are lots of deer and plenty of giant boulders in the ground. It’s tough for plants. It takes a lot of learning to create landscapes that work here.”  

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Recapping a busy month for H-2B legislation Email
Written by John McMahon   
Tuesday, July 27, 2021 05:00 AM

Colorado Green NOW

There have been a lot of moving pieces and shifting strategies around legislation affecting the H-2B visa program. At times, there has been legislation aimed at eliminating the H-2B program altogether—all in the last 30 days or so. But the Colorado landscape industry has worked together and participated in lobbying strategy.

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The case for in-country H-2B transfers Email
Written by Colorado Green Now   
Tuesday, July 27, 2021 04:00 AM

Colorado Green NOW

When it comes to the H-2B visa program, the landscape industry is the biggest user of H-2B visas in Colorado. Ongoing labor shortages plague the industry, and business leaders are exploring many options for H-2B reform to help bridge the labor gap and increase the availability of seasonal foreign workers to fill jobs that are unable to be filled locally.

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