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Sustainability House renovation update Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, September 21, 2021 05:00 AM

Colorado Green NowThe renovation of the UCCS Sustainability Demonstration House water-wise garden was completed late this summer. Staff are planning an official opening, but those who have worked on the project are celebrating the success of a project that faced challenges related to the pandemic, supply chain issues and labor shortages in addition to the expected challenges that can occur with such an ambitious collaboration.

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Employers await OSHA vaccine mandate Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, September 21, 2021 04:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

Earlier this month, President Biden announced a plan for OSHA to develop proposed rules requiring some employers to mandate COVID-19 vaccines for employees. The emergency temporary standards, which have not yet been released, would affect employers with 100 employees or more. Many questions remain about the rules, compliance, and enforcement, but employers should be aware of the forthcoming rules and prepare as best they can.

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Technician boot camp offers hands-on training and test prep Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, September 21, 2021 03:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

As COVID restrictions on in-person events are eased and groups are able to gather again, ALCC has ramped up its slate of fall education and events. A look at the calendar reveals the expected topic areas like Sustainable Landscape Maintenance and Irrigation Boot Camp as well as timely topics such as Pricing & Estimating in Inflationary Times. But ALCC is also piloting a new program: Landscape Technician Boot Camp.

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OSHA to focus on reducing heat-related hazards in the workplace Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, September 21, 2021 02:00 AM

Colorado Green NowAfter a summer of record-breaking temperatures and extreme weather events, OSHA has been tasked with developing a standard for safety in extreme heat. Along with the new standard, OSHA will also develop a program to emphasize heat safety in inspections and has issued guidance on inspections related to heat safety compliance.

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Landscape pros encouraged to participate in Denver Green Code update Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, September 21, 2021 01:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

The City of Denver’s Community Planning and Development continues to accept applications to serve on a technical advisory committee to update the 2019 Denver Green Code. Landscape industry experts are encouraged to apply for the committee by the October 1 date.

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Cool season trials offer reliable picks for off-season color Email
Written by Colorado Green Now   
Tuesday, September 07, 2021 05:00 AM

Colorado Green NowThis was the thirteenth year Colorado State University has conducted Cool Season Trials at the Annual Flower Trial Garden. The overall goal of this project is to determine which cool-season plant varieties are best suited for marketing and growing in the Rocky Mountain Region. Starting in November 2020, data recording was taken monthly till May 2021, unless there was heavy snow cover. Irrigation was monitored throughout the trial period and any additional water added, besides snow and rain, was recorded. The trial included 60 varieties representing seven taxa including pansies, violas, flowering kale and cabbage, Aurinia, Primula and Arabis.

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SNOW Magazine releases 2021 Top 100 Email
Written by Colorado Green Now   
Tuesday, September 07, 2021 03:00 AM

Colorado Green NowSnow Magazine recently released its annual Top 100 snow management companies list. Five Colorado companies earned spots on the list this year, as well as ALCC member BrightView, headquartered in Pennsylvania but active in Colorado. 

More than $100M bracket 
#2 BrightView 

$10 million to $14.9 million bracket 
#15 Denver Commercial Property Services, Centennial CO 

$6 million to $9.99 million bracket 
#30 Snow Management Services, Denver CO 
#32 CAM Services, Denver CO 

$3 million to $5.99 million Bracket 
#59 Foothills Landscape Maintenance, Windsor CO 
#60 JPL Cares, Littleton CO 

 
Small businesses are the economic backbone Email
Written by Lyn Dean   
Tuesday, September 07, 2021 02:02 AM

Colorado Green NowIn mid-2020 the Small Business Administration (SBA) Office of Advocacy reported there were 31.7 million small businesses in the U.S. These businesses make up 99.9% of all firms and 99.7% of these firms have paid employees, which comprises about 47% of private-sector employees. Since 2000, small businesses created nearly twice as many jobs—10.5 million—compared to 5.6 million jobs created by large companies. Impressive numbers!

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SBA to offer virtual summit again for 2021 Email
Written by Colorado Green Now   
Tuesday, September 07, 2021 01:03 AM

Colorado Green NowThe U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) National Small Business Week Virtual Summit event will take place September 13-15, 2021. The free, three-day conference will feature a virtual atrium and a series of educational panels on best practices for small businesses adapt and rebuild amid challenging times.

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Is sick leave for COVID-19 still required in Colorado? Email
Written by Colorado Green Now   
Tuesday, August 24, 2021 05:00 AM

Colorado Green NowDoes your company need to provide paid sick leave for employees in relation to COVID-19—either due to a positive test result, caring for a family member with COVID-19, or receiving a COVID-9 vaccine? The short answer is yes, though the provisions behind these obligations have changed in 2021.

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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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