Front Page News - June 2006PLANET and ANLA agree not to merge at this time
PLANET and the American Nursery and Landscape Association (ANLA) announced that they will not proceed with plans to merge. The two organizations, however, intend to remain aligned in delivering services, expanding public outreach, and exerting political influence.
Meet with your legislator at Legislative Day on the Hill
PLANET encourages all members to attend the 16th annual Legislative Day on the Hill, July 23–25, 2006. Whether you’re a veteran attendee of the event or have never participated, join forces and use your collective power to focus legislators’ attention on the critical issues that impact your business and your industry. Make an appointment with your legislator today.
It pays to enter awards program early
Whether your specialty is lawn care, interior plantscaping, landscape management, or design/build/installation, there is a category to showcase your best projects in the Environmental Improvement Awards program. Save $75 off the entry fee by sending your entries to the PLANET office by June 30, 2006. Visit PLANET’s Web site for an entry form, information about the program, and digital image guidelines.
Save money by signing up early for Specialty Symposium
July 7, 2006, is the last day you can register for the Specialty Symposium at the early-bird discounted rate. This educational event will feature four separate tracks — lawn care, design/build/installation, interior plantscaping, and landscape management. Industry professionals will lead the presentations and discussions and share their experiences and best practices.
A new network for emerging leaders
Grooming future leaders of PLANET and encouraging participation from upcoming entrepreneurs in the green industry is the mission of PLANET’s Emerging Leaders Network. This newly formed group also helps future PLANET leaders transition onto task forces or committees and provides an excellent opportunity for member networking.
New certification exam dates added
For your convenience, PLANET’s certification exams will be offered in several locations throughout the year. Registration should be received 30 days before the test date. For more information about the certification programs, to register, and to order study materials, visit PLANET’s Web site.
Lend a helping hand
Enjoy the satisfaction of helping others by signing up for two worthwhile volunteer programs — Habitat for Humanity and GreenCare for Troops. PLANET and Project Evergreen encourage you and your employees to be a part of these rewarding endeavors.
Promote water conservation
With growing demands straining water resources everywhere, it’s important to promote water-saving products, adopt “best practices,” and educate customers about how to do more with less. July is “Smart Irrigation Month” and the perfect time for the green industry to promote the value of irrigation to the public.