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Supplemental H-2B visas released, with restrictions Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, May 25, 2021 03:00 AM

Last week, the US Department of Labor (DOL) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a joint rule. This temporary final rule authorizes the release of 22,000 supplemental H-2B visas for the current fiscal year (2021). It was posted to the Federal Register on May 25.

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Selling sustainability to consumers Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, May 25, 2021 02:00 AM

An IBM study, in partnership with the National Retail Federation, asked nearly 19,000 people in 28 countries around the world about sustainability and its role in their habits as consumers. Nearly eight in 10 consumers indicated that sustainability is important to them. 57% said that they were willing to change their purchasing habits to reduce environmental impact. Of those who said they’d change their habits for a negative environmental impact, 70% said they would pay a premium for more sustainable options.

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Sustainability: What's in it for consumers? [Infographic] Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, May 25, 2021 01:00 AM

Need some statistics to help customers understand the benefits of landscapes and sustainability? Colorado Green has the numbers to quantify both health and financial benefits.

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POLL: Are you interested in EV work trucks? Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, May 25, 2021 12:00 AM

This week, Ford announced that the all-electric F-150 Lightning is available for pre-order and will be delivered in 2022. Would you consider EVs for your truck fleet? Let us know with this easy, one-question poll. We will publish the poll results to our News Center on Friday, May 28.

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New temporary final rule makes 22k additional H-2B visas available Email
Written by John McMahon   
Friday, May 21, 2021 12:00 PM

Today the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Labor (DOL) made a join announcement that they will be making available an additional 22,000 H-2B visas for fiscal year (FY) 2021. Employers must demonstrate that they are likely to suffer irreparable harm without these additional workers.

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Front Range students ready for landscape jobs Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, May 11, 2021 05:00 AM

Looking to hire for the summer? Students in the Sustainable Agriculture Green Energy (SAGE) Program at Colorado’s Finest High School of Choice in Englewood are ready to work. “Our school has a virtual job board and a high percentage of students over the age of 18,” explains Scott Wallace, SAGE facilitator.

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Support and collaboration make the industry stronger Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, May 11, 2021 04:00 AM

Demand for landscape services is high these days, though landscape companies continue to face challenges in taking advantage of that demand and growing their business. Workforce shortage, supply chain disruption, and more can slow the pace of growth.

But one area of opportunity that has not shrunk amid ongoing challenges is that of support from within the industry. The catchphrase, “We are all in this together,” repeated often during the pandemic, is especially true in the green industry.

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Suppliers offer more than just products Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, May 11, 2021 03:00 AM

Vendors who support the industry represent a wide variety of companies. As expected, suppliers of rocks, turf, irrigation equipment, landscape equipment and plant material keep landscape contractors in business by delivering the products they need to serve clients.

These are the tangibles, things we can see. This is similarly true for vehicle dealers. But there are numerous intangibles—services and education—that suppliers, as well as other service firms, provide including marketing consultants, software providers, insurance companies and many more are also instrumental in keeping the industry running smoothly.

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Step outside your comfort zone and feel the support Email
Written by Mike Ransom   
Tuesday, May 11, 2021 02:00 AM

“OK, I can do this. I can do this.”  I was sitting in a hallway outside of one of the lecture halls at the [Colorado] Convention Center trying to calm myself down. Kristen Fefes (former executive director of ALCC) had asked if I would work with Martin Mosko (Marpa Design Studio) to talk about water features at ProGreen. I was to handle the technical side while Martin showed the beauty and art of water features. When I showed up at ProGreen that morning I learned Martin had woken up sick. I peeked into the lecture hall and figured about 300 people were already waiting.

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Walk-up vaccination clinic this weekend (May 1) Email
Written by ALCC   
Thursday, April 29, 2021 12:00 AM

COVID-19 vaccineAre you trying to help your team get vaccinated against COVID-19? ALCC has just learned of a new resource for finding vaccine appointments. 

There will be a drive-through and walk-up COVID-19 vaccination clinic (Pfizer) this Saturday, May 1, at the Aurora Municipal Center, 15151 E. Alameda Parkway. Sign up for an appointment: at https://www.comassvax.org/reg/5610729087. This webpage has a Spanish translation.

This information was shared by Focus Points Family Resource Center. You can follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/focuspoints where they post up-to-date resources.

 
Days on the Hill to be virtual for 2021 Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, April 27, 2021 05:00 AM

Once again, Colorado landscape industry professionals are invited to engage with government officials at Legislative Days on the Hill. The annual event, hosted by NALP, is an opportunity for the landscape industry to make its concerns known to lawmakers. This year the event will be held virtually due to ongoing restrictions related to coronavirus.

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Spring is a good time to review your safety plan Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, April 27, 2021 04:00 AM

The COVID-19 crisis brought new challenges to ensuring workplace safety. As landscape companies begin their busiest part of the year, it’s an excellent time to re-evaluate your overall workplace safety plan—not just COVID precautions. April 28 is World Safety and Health at Work Day, as declared by ILO (International Labour Organization). Why not take the day to start your safety program review?

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Educating consumers on tree choices is important and ongoing Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, April 27, 2021 02:00 AM

Landscape professionals understand that trees have tremendous value and offer many benefits: trees prevent soil erosion and water pollution, provide shade for homes and habitat for wildlife, and increase property values. But consumers need ongoing education and reminders of the role trees play in the health and beauty of communities.

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