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Ask USCIS to release supplemental H-2B visas Email
Written by John McMahon   
Tuesday, April 13, 2021 12:00 AM

Last week, on April 8, USCIS hosted an H-2B Nonimmigrant Worker Supplemental Visas Listening Session. There were many participants on the call representing the landscape industry, forestry, and hospitality along with other industries who benefit from the H-2B program. Due to the high volume of participants, not everyone was able to speak on the call. While the comments made on the call were overwhelmingly in support of the need for additional H-2B visas, opponents of the program continue to lobby the Administration against the release of supplemental visas. It is important that we make our collective voices heard and that we urge DHS to immediately release all additional H-2B visas that are authorized under the law.

Please take a minute to send a short email to USCIS stressing the need for the immediate release of supplemental visas. 

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Upcoming SLM Colorado online training class Email
Written by Melissa Emdin   
Wednesday, April 07, 2021 12:00 AM

SLM Colorado training

Earn your Sustainable Landscape Management (SLM) Colorado certificate at next week's online class on Tuesday, April 13. Deadline to register for this session is Friday, April 9.

Register for this SLM training class delivered via webinar – and take advantage of a discounted registration fee, courtesy of Northern Water Conservancy District. Northern Water is subsidizing a portion of the registration fee for all participants for a limited time.

The SLM training is a 4-hour class. After the class, attendees will take an online exam. A passing score on the exam will earn attendees the SLM certificate. Each registrant must have an SLM manual for the class. Registrants can purchase the manual during the registration process. 

Date: Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Time: 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM 
Location: Ring Central Video via Zoom (link will be sent to registrants)
Price for class: $125.00 $65.00 for the class. Open to ALCC members only.
SLM manual price: Each registrant must purchase a copy of the SLM manual. The cost is $50.00 + tax (you may purchase the manual during the registration process). Manuals may be picked up at the ALCC office (a pick-up date and time must be arranged in advance). 

Registration deadline is Friday, April 9.

Cancellation policy: You must cancel by 5:00 PM the Friday before class, to receive a full refund or credit. After that time your registration fee is non-refundable. Additional sessions will be offered Tuesday, June 8 and in the fall.

*The SLM training class is open to ALCC members only. Pre-registration is required. 

Questions? Need help with registration? Contact Melissa Emdin at 720 307-5092.


 ALCC events are eligible for CEUs toward Landscape Industry Certification

Special thanks to Northern Water Conservancy District for subsidizing the registration fee for participants.

Thank you to our SLM sponsors, CPS Distributors and Hunter Industries/ FX Luminaire.

CPS Distributors    Hunter | FX Luminaire

 
ALCC announces 2021 scholarship recipients Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, April 06, 2021 05:00 AM

ALCC has announced its scholarship recipients for 2021. This year there are three student recipients. They will be formally recognized at The ELITE Awards ceremony, which has been delayed to fall 2021 due to COVID-19 restrictions.

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Michael Womochil, key proponent of Landscape Career Pathways, to retire Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, April 06, 2021 04:00 AM

Michael Womochil, Program Director for Agriculture, Energy and Natural Resources with the Colorado Community College System (CCCS), will retire this year at the end of June. He has been a long-time ally to the Colorado landscape industry.

Womochil helped ALCC launch its Landscape Career Pathways Program in 2014 in order to help train students as skilled workers who can be hired directly out of high school into upwardly mobile careers in the landscape industry.

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Two Colorado schools showed their skills at virtual landscape competition Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, April 06, 2021 03:30 AM

Due to the pandemic, the 2021 National Collegiate Landscape Competition (NCLC) was held virtually in March. Activities and challenges were reimagined in the virtual format and teams were given multiple options to earn points for their schools from their remote locations. Challenges were on the honor system and were individually scored. Points from individual challenges didn’t roll up to a team score this year.

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Remember anti-discrimination compliance when recruiting Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, April 06, 2021 03:00 AM

If you are interviewing candidates for the 2021 season, there are some discussion areas you should avoid in the interest of protecting yourself from discrimination claims. Any questions that could help you determine protected characteristics are liabilities.

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National Lawn Care Month addresses climate change Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, April 06, 2021 02:00 AM

Did you know? Your yard can help fight climate change.

Your yard is a great place to relax. But did you know that it is so much more? The trees, grass, plants, and flowers in your yard, local parks, and ballfields play an important role in fighting climate change.

Climate change is causing unpredictable weather. The earth is warming because there is too much carbon in the atmosphere. The easiest way to sequester the carbon is through the photosynthesis of trees, grasses, and plants. And, your lawn, trees, and plants also produce oxygen and help save energy at the same time.

Help your yard become a climate change fighter
Follow these tips to boost your yard's climate change fighting abilities:

  • Ensure that your lawn is healthy. Turfgrass is excellent at capturing carbon and turning it into organic matter that improves soil quality. Keep your lawn healthy to capture more carbon and filter stormwater. If you aren't sure how to improve your soil condition or build stronger turfgrass, a lawn care professional can help determine your yard's care plan.
  • Add more trees and shrubs. When you have more trees, plants, and shrubs in your yard, they not only sequester more carbon - they also produce oxygen and clean and filter the air you breathe.
  • Plant trees in the right spots. By planting trees and screening shrubs that help block the prevailing winds, you'll reduce the impact of the wind on your house, keeping it warmer in winter. And, by planting shade trees in the right places, you can cool your home in the summer.
  • Make the right plant choices. By choosing plants adapted to your particular climate zone and planting them in their ideal growing conditions (full sun, shade, or partial shade), they will thrive and use less water to maintain.

Article courtesy of National Association of Landscape Professionals

Read more in this issue of Colorado Green NOW:
ALCC announces 2021 scholarship recipients
Michael Womochil, key proponent of Landscape Career Pathways, to retire

Two Colorado schools showed their skills at virtual landscape competition

Remember anti-discrimination compliance when recruiting

 
Despite big snowstorms, drought drags on Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, March 23, 2021 05:00 AM

Recent heavy snowfall along Colorado’s Front Range and in the mountains brought some much-needed moisture to the region. But despite the blizzard, all of Colorado remains in some state of drought.

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Mitigating stress: Mike Leman Email
Written by Lyn Dean   
Tuesday, March 23, 2021 02:00 AM

Mike Leman, owner at Singing Hills Landscape Inc., says he doesn’t experience a lot of work-related stress. “I factor in a baseline outlook of life that recognizes life is too short to worry,” he says. “When I think about what causes stress, it’s generally concern or fear of an unwanted outcome, often beyond our control.”

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Mitigating stress: Mike Moore Email
Written by Lyn Dean   
Tuesday, March 23, 2021 01:00 AM

"Other people have been here before,” says Mike Moore, CEO. “Some things are very painful to navigate on your own. It was a wild ride in the first few years” after founding the company. “The costs of a coach were quickly repaid in avoided mistakes and revenue gains.”

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COVID vaccine eligibility increases in Colorado Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, March 23, 2021 01:00 AM

COVID-19 vaccines are now available to a larger segment of the population in Colorado. On March 19, Colorado moved to Phase 1B.4, the final phase before vaccines are open to the general public.

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Urgent: H-2B action needed TODAY Email
Written by John McMahon   
Friday, March 19, 2021 12:00 AM

The letter that Senator Bennet has developed for DHS regarding the immediate release of the 64,000 discretionary visas closes tonight. We need to put pressure on Rep. Lamborn, Rep. Buck, and Rep. Boebert to sign. Please reach out to them immediately and urge them to sign the letter. Find each representative's contact information on this list.

We appreciate this extra push before the finish line.

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SBA Extends Deferment Period for all COVID-19 EIDL and Other Disaster Loans until 2022 Email
Written by Cherie Courtade   
Friday, March 12, 2021 12:00 AM

Please see the release from US Small Business Administration regarding deferment for disaster loans:

WASHINGTON –The U.S. Small Business Administration announced extended deferment periods for all disaster loans, including the COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, until 2022.

  • All SBA disaster loans made in calendar year 2020, including COVID-19 EIDL, will have a first payment due date extended from 12-months to 24-months from the date of the note.
  • All SBA disaster loans made in calendar year 2021, including COVID-19 EIDL, will have a first payment due date extended from 12-months to 18-months from the date of the note.
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