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See you at ProGreen Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Monday, January 24, 2022 05:00 AM

Colorado Green NowThe in person ProGreen EXPO event we've been waiting two years for is almost here. And, that’s not the only good news. For the COVID weary—all of us—know that COVID safety does NOT require proof of vaccination or a negative test result to attend the event. The only requirement for entry to the Colorado Convention Center is wearing a mask or face covering. 

Check out the schedule and notice the new networking events in addition to the classes, several offered in Spanish (ofrecido en español) as well as many with continuing education credits (CEUs). As always, exhibitors will showcase new and innovative equipment and products, and amazing plants. Take advantage of your ALCC member discount and register today at https://www.progreenexpo.com/Register.

Education begins Tuesday, Feb. 1, at 11:15 a.m. and runs until noon Friday and the EXPO opens Wednesday, Feb. 2, at noon and runs during conference hours until noon Friday

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Landscape pros react to Marshall Fire Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Monday, January 24, 2022 04:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

“It was shocking to see this fire come down to populated areas--and very sad,” said Scott Natter, general manager, L.I.D. Landscapes, that has served the greater Boulder area many years. He lost a property at a higher elevation several years ago and empathizes with victims of this fire. Tom Sunderland, owner, Native Edge Landscapes, Boulder, had a similar reaction. Sunderland, who lives in the foothills north of Boulder, has evacuated or prepared to evacuate several times. He said, “Living up here, we know what to grab and quickly, but in a suburban neighborhood like Rock Creek, evacuation would never have been on our minds.”

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Legislative priorities emerging for 2022 Email
Written by Hicks & Associates   
Monday, January 24, 2022 03:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

The 2nd Regular Session of the 73rd General Assembly convened on January 12th, 2022. A few of the priorities that were addressed by leadership in both chambers and by the Governor were focusing on affordable housing, funding education, addressing the behavioral health crisis, public safety, and workforce development. With it being an election year, we may not see as many controversial issues this session but there still won’t be a lack of issues that ALCC and other GreenCO members will be engaged on.

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Happy 60th ALCC! Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Monday, January 24, 2022 02:00 AM
Colorado Green Now

At our 50th birthday in 2012, we were talking about moving from manual typewriters to texting. At our 60th, we are engaged in the unimaginable of 1962—the “virtual” world of offices, meetings and more. And when not being virtual, we are all masked up trying to beat COVID without seeing the smiles or frowns on each other’s faces.

Yet throughout 60 years of evolutions, ALCC has excelled as a grassroots organization grounded in service—both puns intended. Even with 1 to 8 staff guiding the organization, you “grassroots/grounded” volunteers, who share a passion for your careers and service to your industry, have consistently done the critical work.

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Cybersecurity awareness Email
Written by Carlin Dornbusch, American CSM   
Monday, January 24, 2022 01:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

Since the start of COVID-19, we have seen an increase of cyber threats to the order of 600%, making it more imperative than ever for small- to medium-sized businesses to adhere to basic security controls. This article reinforces my ALCC presentation in May 2021 that pointed out some fundamental steps that every business can take to reduce their likelihood of being impacted by these threats.

Both employees and the businesses can take to help reduce the likelihood of serious breaches. Threat actors know no boundaries nor do they distinguish between small or large businesses. The majority of them are purely after financial gain. This usually comes in the form of fake emails phishing you to click on a link or encouraging you to rapidly move funds to a newly established account. Determining these fake identities and assets is becoming more difficult as the threat actors reuse actual graphics, terms and phrases of real companies.

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Women in landscape 2021: Part 2 Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Monday, January 10, 2022 05:50 AM

Colorado Green Now

This issue of Colorado Green Now is the second in a two-part series. The first part was published December 22, 2022. In this issue, you’ll learn about the other four women featured in the November/December 2021 issue of Colorado Green magazine. Colorado Green spoke with eight women who play different roles in their respective companies. Some own their business, some are managers at their employers’ firms, some are designers but most wear multiple hats. They also learned that it took a few years to develop confidence navigating as a woman, particularly when younger and newer to the industry.

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Women in landscape: Charlene Farley Chacon Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Monday, January 10, 2022 04:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

As a senior in high school, Charlene Farley Chacon (Residential construction team manager, Designscapes Colorado) worked as an interior landscape technician in office buildings. The following year her sister, who was working at an outdoor garden center, encouraged her to apply. She remained at the garden center for seven years, working seasonally during college at CSU, and on weekends during her first years at Designscapes Colorado. Both she and her sister studied horticulture at CSU. Chacon met Phil Steinhauer, CEO at Designscapes Colorado, at a CSU career fair and she has worked at the company since then—20 years.

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Women in landscape: Leann Ostheimer Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Monday, January 10, 2022 03:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

LeAnn Ostheimer (executive vice president design-build, Lifescape Colorado) grew up on a dairy farm and worked outside as a kid. She also had a childhood attraction to create, build and organize things. A long-time friend—now a colleague—introduced her to the CSU horticulture program, which combined all her interests including her desire to be outdoors.

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Women in landscape - Kristina Smith-Becker Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Monday, January 10, 2022 02:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

Kristina Smith-Becker is president at American Design & Landscape. Her parents started the business in the late 1960s and as a child in junior high she was working in it by answering the phone. Though she went back to Colorado during summers after staring college, she did not work in the family business but started a small maintenance company mowing for HOAs, and enjoyed working outside. A few years after graduation, while working in an office, her father asked if she would come back into the business. She did. Over time, her parents faded out of the business and she took it over. She has done a lot of self-learning, taken classes, attended conferences and received certifications. After more than 30 years she still finds it exciting to see customers light up.

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Women in landscape: Jessi Burg Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Monday, January 10, 2022 01:00 AM

Colorado Green NowAfter college, when Jessi Burg (president, Outgrow Your Garage Inc. and former CEO, Pears to Perennials) moved to Colorado, she worked in urban farming and was developing pollinator habitats. In 2017, when she started her own urban gardening company, it quickly segued into a sustainable landscaping company doing full-yard maintenance. Pears to Perennials was doing design, install, maintenance and irrigation work. Burg wanted to own a company in the seasonal green industry so she could largely set her own hours, have a few months every year where she can work remotely or not at all, and do nearly all of her work outside. With her own business she says, “I get paid to do things I love and I’m building a savings account.”

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Women in landscape, 2021 edition Email
Written by Lyn Dean   
Wednesday, December 22, 2021 05:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

After three years, Colorado Green felt it was time to check in with women in the industry again (see the September/October 2018 issue). For the November/December 2021 issue, Colorado Green spoke with eight women who play different roles in their respective companies. Some own their business, some are managers at their employers’ firms, some are designers but most wear multiple hats. All have worked in the green industry for several years, giving them a perspective when looking back at their experience. They also learned that it took a few years to develop confidence navigating as a woman, particularly when younger and newer to the industry. They model perseverance.

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Women in landscape: Anne Campbell Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Wednesday, December 22, 2021 04:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

Anne Campbell (Co-owner and operations manager, Colorado Stoneworks Landscaping) says she got into the landscape industry “by accident” and now having been in it since 2007, she is committed. During 2006 when the company was founded, she was working full-time elsewhere while helping evenings and weekends at Colorado Stoneworks. The company needed more help in 2007 and when the “then owners” asked her to consider joining, she said yes, but only as an owner, not an employee. She bought in and later that year married Jon Campbell, one of the original two partners. Since becoming co-owner, Campbell, who loves learning, continues to educate herself in numerous ways.

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Women in landscape: Konstanze Fabian Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Wednesday, December 22, 2021 03:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

Originally from Germany, Konstanze Fabian’s first job out of high school was an apprenticeship as a forester in the city of Berlin. She had no previous introduction to working outdoors or to plants and had planned to be a lawyer. She was the “green sheep” of her family, falling in love with trees and other plants. When she moved the U.S. in 1999, she studied at night while working in the green industry and eventually received a bachelor’s in horticulture and master’s in environmental studies. She is an ISA Certified Arborist and consulting arborist with ASCA (American Society of Consulting Arborists). Fabian joined Bartlett Tree Experts in 2014 as a plant health care specialist and arborist representative.

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