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Colorado Springs Utilities earns another HIRE Vets Medallion Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, November 24, 2020 05:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

Colorado Springs Utilities was awarded the HIRE Vets Medallion—Platinum for their successful efforts to recruit and hire US military veterans. This is the second time that the utility has received the award in the three years that the program has been active. 

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How a hobby became a decades-long career Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, November 24, 2020 04:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

“I feel like I learn something new every day,” says Lisa Emerson of Emerson Outdoor Design, Denver. “There’s always something new to learn.” That on-the-job continuing education has helped her company evolve over its twenty years in business.

With a background in engineering and computer software design, Emerson’s job at a software company had her traveling a lot. When her oldest child was born twenty years ago, the Denver native chose to make a career change and start her own business, The Urban Garden, around her hobbies of gardening and design.

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Fulfilling her innate talent as a gardener Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, November 24, 2020 03:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

Debbie Stavish, owner, gardener and designer at Deb’s Gardening, LLC, founded her company in2001 after working with another small gardening business for about a year and a half. Deb’sGardening was a one-person company for a short time until she hired a helper while she was pregnant and caring for an infant who was born in 2002. During this time, she also earned her master Gardener Certificate from El Paso County.

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To party or not to party--and how Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, November 24, 2020 01:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

Amid the challenges of 2020, showing employee appreciation is as important as ever. Wondering how to handle your usual end-of-year holiday celebrations? Employers Council has some considerations you should make as you decide what to do.

 

Read more in this issue of Colorado Green NOW:
Colorado Springs Utilities earns another HIRE Vets Medallion
How a hobby became a decades-long career

Fulfilling her innate talent as a gardener

 
Ugly sweater networking event Dec. 10 Email
Written by Tammy DiFalco   
Monday, November 23, 2020 08:00 AM

Networking happy hour

Join your colleagues and friends for a much-needed break to come together (virtually) for some holiday cheer and networking. Make a drink, don something festive or come as you are, but don’t miss this chance to connect.      

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REMINDER: Voting is open for 2021 board of directors Email
Written by John McMahon   
Friday, November 20, 2020 10:00 AM

This is a reminder that voting is open for the 2021 ALCC Board of Directors. Please see the links below to cast your vote.

At its meeting on October 29, the ALCC Board of Directors approved a slate of officers and directors for the 2021 calendar year. View and vote for the slate via this link: Board of Directors 2021

You must be logged in to take the form, and you may only take the form once. Each member company may submit one vote; additional ballots submitted with be disqualified. Ballots must be submitted by midnight Mountain time on December 4, 2020. If you need help with your login, contact us at 303 757-5611 or email [email protected].

 
Action needed to #SaveH2B 11/18/20 Email
Written by John McMahon   
Wednesday, November 18, 2020 02:15 PM
H-2B visa program

Your Help is Needed to #SaveH2B 

Requested Action:

House and Senate leaders are working to finalize a Fiscal 2021 spending package before the current temporary spending bill or continuing resolution expires on December 11. If your Senators and Representative support to the H-2B program, please reach out to them about the need to include H-2B cap relief any FY 21 spending package. If your Senators and Representatives are opposed to the H-2B program, you do not need to do anything. We are hoping to rally our supporters to help get cap relief over the finish line.  A list of known H-2B supporters is attached.  Please see if your elected officials are on this list and if so, please take the following steps:

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Voting is open for 2021 board of directors Email
Written by John McMahon   
Friday, November 13, 2020 12:00 AM

At its meeting on October 29, the ALCC Board of Directors approved a slate of officers and directors for the 2021 calendar year. View and vote for the slate via this link: Board of Directors 2021

You must be logged in to take the form, and you may only take the form once. Each ALCC member company may submit one vote; additional ballots submitted with be disqualified. Ballots must be submitted by midnight Mountain time on December 4, 2020. If you need help with your login, contact us at 303 757-5611 or email [email protected].

 
An update on the 2021 ELITE Awards Email
Written by Melissa Emdin   
Thursday, November 12, 2020 12:00 AM
The ELITE Awards

We’ve received a lot of inquiries about the 2021 ELITE Awards and want to update you on the revised time frame for submissions and judging.

Due to COVID-19, we do not anticipate being able to host an in-person awards event in March as usually planned. Therefore, we have pushed back the awards timeline and hope to host an event in May 2021.

We are preparing the submission process and plan to open award nominations in December. Look for an announcement in the coming weeks about how to submit your company’s best work for recognition. We also plan to host an informational webinar about The ELITE Awards and the submission process in December. Details on that will be announced soon as well.

In the meantime, review the categories at www.alcc.com/awards-program, take a look at previous winners, and gather information and photos about the projects you might want to submit.

Want to help us choose the 2021 winners? We welcome ALCC members to serve as a judge in your area of expertise—though not in any category where your company submits, of course. Contact Melissa Emdin at 720 307-5092 about becoming an ELITE Awards judge. Judging will take place in February 2021.

 
Compliance reminder: Equal Pay for Equal Work Act Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 05:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

On January 1, 2021, Colorado’s Equal Pay for Equal Work law takes effect. You might think, “my company does not discriminate, so we’re in compliance.” But there are record-keeping requirements and other provisions of the law that should prompt your company to review processes in order to ensure compliance in the new year.

Under the law, wage discrimination based on sex is prohibited, and those who issue complaints may bring civil lawsuits against an employer for such discrimination. But the law includes additional prohibitions and requirements for employers. Those include (but are not limited to):

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Colorado Springs Utilities honored for landscape industry partnerships Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 04:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

Colorado Springs Utilities received the Irrigation Association’s SWAT Outstanding Industry Partnership Award for 2020 in honor of its Landscape Professional Trade Allies Program. The water provider aimed to increase the purchase and installation of efficient irrigation products through rebates through educational workshops and partnership with area landscape contractors.  

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Northern Water received 2020 WaterSense Award Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 03:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District was among the organizations named Partners of the Year in the 2020 WaterSense awards. The award winners were announced October 7 during a WaterSmart Innovations webinar held in lieu of the canceled conference. It was Northern Water's first such award recognition.

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2020 top-rated annuals from CSU trials Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 02:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

Approximately 95 professional and advanced Master Gardeners rated over 1,150 flowering and foliage plants over the week of August 3-8, 2020 as part of the Colorado State University (CSU) Annual Trials. Not able to have an official ‘evaluation day’ due to COVID-19 restrictions for large public gatherings at the university, plants were rated by professionals over the span of several days, which allowed individuals to participate in a safe, socially distanced manner.

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