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ALCC scholarship program supports the future and honors those who value education Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, November 09, 2021 03:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

ALCC’s scholarship application is now available for students pursuing careers in the green industry. s have opened for The ALCC scholarship program grants scholarships to students at Colorado State University (CSU) and Front Range Community College (FRCC) pursuing studies related to the landscape industry. Scholarships are rewarded in ALCC's name and in the name of several people or organizations:

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Global supply chain disruption affects all of us Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, November 09, 2021 03:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

One year ago, words like supply chain and logistics were rarely used by the average consumer or member of the public. But beginning when the COVID-19 pandemic hit and consumers were unable to get toilet paper or safety supplies, those terms became part of everyday conversation even if the average person did not fully understand how the global supply chain works. How did we get here?

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Alpenglow Sprinkler still committed to irrigation efficiency after 36 years Email
Written by Lyn Dean/Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, November 09, 2021 02:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

Alpenglow Sprinkler and Landscaping, Inc. was founded in 1985 by Brad and Michelle Petschek. By the mid-2000s the Fort Collins company dropped the landscape part of the business to “concentrate on installing and especially renovating and maintaining sprinkler systems,” says Brad Petschek, president.

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Top annuals from 2021 CSU Annual Flower Trials Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, November 09, 2021 01:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

On August 3, 2021, approximately 150 professional and advanced master gardeners rated over 1,000 flowering and foliage plants during the return of the in-person evaluation day at Colorado State University (CSU). Many of CSU’s seed and vegetative company cooperators visited the trials and evaluated at least a portion of the 1,000 varieties. A luncheon was served, and the university president and dean of college of agricultural sciences spoke.

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October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, October 26, 2021 05:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and it’s not just for large organizations and corporations. We all use the Internet daily: on our phones, on work computers, and even when we pay for coffee at a drive-through. Every time we use the Internet, there is an opportunity for cyber-criminals. Small businesses owe it to their company, which they worked hard to build, to their employees, and to their clients to keep information and systems safe.

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A strong password is not enough Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, October 26, 2021 04:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

These days, having a strong password isn’t enough. It’s still important to come up with a strong, not-easy-to-guess password (please don’t tell us you are still using password123 or your dog’s name!) and to change it regularly. Yes, it’s inconvenient, but passwords can be uncovered by scammers. So what more can be done to protect your online assets? Enter multifactor authentication.

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Ransomware becoming the #1 online threat to small businesses Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, October 26, 2021 03:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

Ransomware allows a cybercriminal to access a network and lock the owner out of the company’s system. It may sound like something out of a sci-fi film, but it is very real and is becoming more common. Businesses owners, regardless of size, should take steps to prevent their data from being compromised.

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What is phishing? Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, October 26, 2021 02:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

Phishing occurs when an email is sent from a cybercriminal in an attempt to learn sensitive information about a person or company. Phishing emails may invite the recipient to pay an invoice, confirm personal information, or complete a sign-up or registration.

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Be on the lookout for email spoofing Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, October 26, 2021 01:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

Email spoofing involves sending messages with a forged email address. When you receive an email that says it is from your friend John Doe, you can avoid opening a dangerous message by looking to see if the sender's email address is not his own. But when the message shows a sender email that matches his, you might feel comfortable opening the message and clicking on a link inside. That’s the danger of spoofing.

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H-2B update: cap reached, returning worker exemption, DOL audits Email
Written by John McMahon   
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 12:00 AM

As you may know, it was announced earlier this week that the H-2B Cap has been reached for first-half of FY2022 (winter-season). Our first focus of advocacy efforts is to ask Senators Bennet and Hickenlooper to help us get the release of additional discretionary H-2B visas.

While we believe that DHS is prepared to release those visas, we anticipate that DOL will be slow in responding. Therefore, your outreach to your Senators, asking them to help us influence DOL to expedite the release of the visas, is very important.

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Boot camp success depends on industry support Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, October 12, 2021 05:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

Last week, ALCC launched a new hands-on training program for landscape industry technicians. The pilot offering was held at Pickens Technical College in Aurora over two days. ALCC hopes to continue to offer the program with the support of member organizations.

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In memoriam: Alison Peck was pillar for sustainable practices Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, October 12, 2021 04:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

Alison Peck, founder of Matrix Gardens in Boulder, passed away unexpectedly on April 15, 2021 after a stroke. She was 63. The Colorado landscape industry will remember her as a champion for landscapes that embraced sustainability, water conservation, wildlife habitat and the use of native plants.

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Garden Trends Report sees increased spending in 2022 Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, October 12, 2021 03:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

According to a recent marketing report, 2022 looks promising for sales and services related to gardening. Consumers reported that they are spending more money and more time on gardening and on improving their outdoor spaces. The 2022 Garden Trends Report says that spending surged in 2021 over the previous year, and the National Retail Federation expects a 10.5% growth in spending next year.

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