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Pickens Tech ramps up horticulture program Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Monday, March 20, 2023 04:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

 Pickens Tech ramps up horticulture program

For over 25 years, Pickens Technical College, Aurora, has trained people for landscape industry jobs by providing hands-on learning in various activities including learning about plant health, insect management, irrigation skills and more. 

About a year ago, when Colorado Green talked with Rachel Durkan, instructor at Pickens since 2021, she said she thinks this program as, “one of the gems of the Front Range for green industry career training” and wants to continue growing and improving the program, which she has done in the past year. 

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Top industry legislative issues Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Monday, March 20, 2023 04:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

 Top industry legislative issues: water, workforce, pesticide application

 By Stefan Stathopulos, Hicks & Associates

The First Regular Session of the 74th Colorado General Assembly convened Jan. 9, 2023. The 2022 General Election didn’t change the party with the legislative majority, but what did change was the size of majority the Democrats hold in both the House and Senate Chamber. The House split went from 41-24 to 46-19 and in the Senate went from 21-14 to 23-12.
Both parties have new leadership in the Colorado House of Representatives. Representative Julie McCluskie (D) from the Western Slope was elected Speaker of the House and Representative Monica Duran (D) of Wheat Ridge was elected Majority Leader. The Republicans elected Representative Mike Lynch (R) of Wellington as the Minority Leader after the sudden passing of Minority Leader Hugh McKeann (R) of Loveland. In the Senate, Senator Paul Lundeen (R) of Monument was elected Minority Leader. Senate President Steve Fenberg (D) of Boulder and Senate Majority Leader Dominick Moreno (D) of Adams County will continue their leadership roles, having been elected to them midway through the 2022 Session. 
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Northern Water committed to conservation Email
Written by Frank Kinder   
Monday, March 20, 2023 04:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

 Northern Water committed to conservation measures

by Frank Kinder, Northern Water

Utility expands services in 2023 

The public’s awareness of the West’s water challenges is growing. Many states, cities, water providers, nonprofits, traditional media outlets and industry professionals are communicating the ongoing drought, climate change, and ecosystem health issues we face, which often seem to be accelerating and compounding. Here in Colorado, we continue to experience more extreme weather, variability in water supply, and increasing effects on landscape vitality, cost management and contractor capacity. Collectively, ALCC and the green industry at large have been focusing heavily on these issues and marshalling solutions for many years, with increasing acceptance and adoption. Yet, historic landscape models and management are under threat and scrutiny. Importantly, landscapes remain a vital part of our urban spaces, and their many benefits are appreciated by citizens, visitors and nature. They are a foundational part of our quality of life, and deserve our support, involvement and investment.  
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CO Urban Landscape Water Conservation Task Force Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, March 07, 2023 04:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

 Colorado Establishes Urban Landscape Water Conservation Task Force                                                                          
Press release February 22, 2023, by Colorado Department of Natural Resources

DENVER -The Colorado Department of Natural Resources and the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) announced the creation and appointment of members to a water conservation focused Urban Landscape Conservation Task Force. Over the next year, the Task Force will work to identify practical ways to advance outdoor water conservation through state policy and local initiatives, to meet the pressing challenges of urban water conservation in Colorado.

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Aurora Water develops drought plan Email
Written by Adam Waters   
Tuesday, March 07, 2023 03:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

Aurora Water develops drought plan for 2023  

By Adam Waters 

Despite an above average start to winter snowpack, one good year alone won’t end the worst drought in over 1,200 years. A warming climate, multiple years of below average precipitation and increased demand have created a long-term imbalance between water flowing in and out of the state’s reservoirs. 

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Snow removal equipment theft Email
Written by Kim Jewell   
Tuesday, March 07, 2023 02:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

 Snow removal equipment theft

How to protect your investment 

By Kimberly Jewell

Over the past few years, advance planning has gotten more complicated for companies providing snow and ice management services for commercial properties. Planning goes beyond making sure you have the appropriate equipment necessary to clear a site. It’s now critical to consider equipment placement and security during the winter season 

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Mourning passing of Mandy Gerace Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, February 21, 2023 04:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

 Mourning passing of Mandy Gerace

 On February 4, 2023, the green industry lost one of its leaders. We are all mourning the sudden passing of Mandy Gerace. Mandy was just 46 years old. 

Mandy was currently serving as President of the Colorado Nursery and Greenhouse Association board. Mandy was the youngest member of the Gerace family's third generation and had worked at Welby Gardens for 13 years. Gerace grew up in the horticulture industry.

In August 2020, Mandy joined the Syngenta Flowers production team. As Mandy's health would no longer permit her to travel, she transitioned into a sales position. 

A Celebration of Life for Mandy was held at Chateaux at Fox Meadows on Thurs., Feb. 16, 2023. As a tribute to her love of baking, people brought many desserts and baked goods that were shared at the celebration.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to help care for Mandy’s children, Ethan and Reese Foster. A memorial page is set up at https://everloved.com/life-of/mandy-gerace.

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Pioneer Landscape sells quarries Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, February 21, 2023 04:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

 Pioneer Landscape Centers sold its quarries to Holcim

 Pioneer Landscape Centers sells its quarries to enhance and expand the company's retail business. Pioneer Landscape Centers, a regional supplier of landscape and hardscape materials announced that it has sold it quarries to Holcim. Pioneer will continue to source materials from the quarries it just sold so that customers can count on the quality they have known. Included in the deal are thirteen quarries in both Colorado and Arizona. Read more here.

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Advocacy Day at the Capitol is TODAY! Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, February 21, 2023 01:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

 Join ALCC TODAY for Advocacy Day at the Capitol!

The ALCC, and our GreenCO partners, are working in conjunction with Colorado Coalition for Responsible Pesticide Application (CCRPA) and NALP on a pesticide applicator-focused advocacy day at the Capitol. It's incredibly valuable for legislators to hear from a variety of types of applicators (and educators, and others who work in the pesticide field) about how they safely utilize pesticides to feed Coloradans, enhance public health and safety, or protect our landscapes and natural resources. It will be an additional opportunity to keep our Colorado green industry in forefront of our legislators. 

Please share the information below with your organization and sign up yourself now to join us for the advocacy day!

Please RSVP now for our Advocacy Day at the Colorado State Capitol!

Our state legislators will be voting on important policy related to pesticide application this session and they need to hear from you! Your perspective as an applicator in Colorado is valuable and will make a difference. We are partnering with other groups to coordinate an advocacy event for our members.

Pesticide Applicator Advocacy Day

Colorado State Capitol

February 22, 2023

8:30am - 1:30pm (feel free to come for all or part of the day)

Click here now to RSVP

The event organizers will email more information to those that RSVP when the event gets closer. Attendees will be provided: 

Talking points and handouts on our specific issues
A short advocacy training on-site before speaking to legislators.
Assistance scheduling meetings with legislators
On-site support throughout the day

Please email [email protected] if you have any questions. Thank you!

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EDI announces merger with CPC Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Wednesday, February 08, 2023 04:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

 Environmental Designs’ merger expands service reach with CPC

Environmental Designs, Inc., (EDI) Henderson, recently announced its merger with Colorado Property Care or CPC. Previously, EDI’s service area was mostly in northern Colorado including Boulder, Loveland, Fort Collins and Brighton, although it had some clients in the south-Metro area.

EDI and CPC have a lot in common, including employees with multiple certifications, high customer satisfaction and a culture that cares for employees. Both companies are water maintenance and irrigation control experts, which especially benefits commercial maintenance projects. As EDI realized CPC’s reputation and service goals were similar, joining forces, rather than competing seemed ideal for both companies.

CPC is based in Castle Rock adding a solid base for extended client reach for EDI. The merging companies will continue providing residential and commercial services including landscape maintenance, irrigation, tree care, and snow and ice management. 

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GreenCO Advocacy Day Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, February 07, 2023 03:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

Please RSVP now for GreenCO Advocacy Day at the Colorado State Capitol!

 ALCC along with our other green industry partners are planning a day to meet your legislators to help protect our industry on February 22, 2023, at Colorado’s State Capitol. In addition to providing education on our green industry, our state legislators will be voting on important policy related to pesticide application this session and they need to hear from you! Your perspective as an applicator in Colorado is valuable and will make a difference. GreenCO is partnering with other groups to coordinate an advocacy event for our members.

Pesticide Applicator Advocacy Day

Colorado State Capitol

February 22, 2023

8:30am - 1:30pm (feel free to come for all or part of the day)

We will send you more information as the event gets closer. Attendees will be provided: 

- Talking points and handouts on our specific issues
- A short advocacy training on-site before speaking to legislators
- Assistance scheduling meetings with legislators
- On-site support throughout the day

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Environmental Designs receives Community Stewardship Award Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, February 07, 2023 02:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

Environmental Designs receives Community Stewardship Award for Community Roots Holocaust Memorial and Learning Garden  

The Holocaust Memorial Garden was part of an initiative to build living memorials to commemorate lives of children lost in the Holocaust by planting 1.5 million daffodils worldwide. Environmental Designs worked with the Denver synagogue and preschool to design, fundraise and install the garden. EDI reached out to its suppliers and several donated plants, boulders, soil, irrigation equipment and more. More than 20 employees participated in the installation. Once the garden was completed, EDI and the synagogue hosted a community volunteer day where they partnered with local volunteers to help plant and install drip irrigation and mulch. This project helps to educate the preschoolers on the value of the outdoors and brings the community together. 

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ALCC Service Awards - Char Chacon, Scott Fritchie Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, January 24, 2023 04:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

Char Chacon is Garvey Person of the Year
Chacon, a Colorado native having a horticulture degree from CSU with an emphasis on business management, started at Designscapes Colorado in 2001, exactly one week after she graduated. She is now the Residential Team Manager and as evidenced by her nomination for an MVP Award this year, the company is very thankful for her many contributions over the years.  

Beyond her contributions within her company, Chacon’s contributions within the industry have also been noticed. She has participated on many ALCC volunteer committees and efforts throughout the yearsfrom Career Pathways and workforce development, to Day of Service and legislative efforts. And you may recognize her voice since she has been one of the voices of the ELITE Award category introductions for several years.

Chacon is passionate about encouraging involvement of women in the green industry. She was the first woman manager at Designscapes Colorado, and then went on to implement a women’s leadership program there called Cultivate. She is also the committee chair of ALCC’s recently-formed Women in Green Committee, and looks forward to getting more women involved in leadership. In the bigger picture, Chacon says that she loves to help any company, team or peer to be better, and advocates for the industry by emphasizing its many paths for personal and professional growth. Go here for more.

 Scott Fritchie receives Stan Brown Award
Scott Fritchie began at LL Johnson in 2000, as a salesperson with no sales experience. His career plans were to be a mechanic for an airline, but as usual, life had other plans and he ended up at LL Johnson because of his mechanical knowledge and love of machinery. He leaned on his knowledge of mechanics and provided excellent customer service. He eventually became one of the top salespeople in the company and is now the Grounds Power Equipment Division Manager.

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