Front Page News - August 2005PLANET and ANLA sign letter of intent to merge
PLANET and the American Nursery and Landscape Association (ANLA) have announced the joint signing of a letter of intent to merge. Signing the letter of intent allows the merger evaluation to advance to due diligence work, legal review, and further detailed design of a single national trade association. Final approval of a merger requires a second positive vote by both boards of directors, followed by approval from the PLANET membership and a second positive vote by the ANLA Senate with membership support.
PLANET launches new Web site
PLANET’s Web site has a new look! The new site has been designed to accommodate easier navigation with prominent category buttons and a reorganized structure. To better serve individual users, the site also groups information to target specific user groups –– Green Industry Service Providers, Green Industry Suppliers, Students and Faculty, and Homeowners. New features include the “Community” forum, where users have the opportunity to interact with other green industry professionals on a variety of message boards, participate in topical polls, and sign up for PLANET member newsletters. The new site also offers more control to the primary contact at each member company, such as the ability to update the company profile information and to maintain a roster of employees.
Still time to register for sales and marketing workshop
PLANET members are urged to register for a dynamic marketing and sales learning experience that will give participants the insight to generate ongoing revenues and profits. Business trainer and speaker, Judith Guido, will lead this PLANET two-day interactive workshop — Monopolize Your Marketplace: A Hands-on Sales and Marketing Workshop for Guaranteed Success. Participants will leave the event with a customized sales and marketing plan, budget, and resource guide in hand.
PLANET members to receive “two for one” discount on new Masters seminar
As a special member benefit, PLANET is offering member companies planning to attend the Masters in Management seminar in Seattle the chance to sign up two of its employees for the price of one! To take advantage of this cost-saving discount, download and complete the registration form for each participant and then fax them to the PLANET office at (703) 736-9668. Act now — the deadline for this special offer ends August 24, 2005.
New to GIC — educational sessions in Spanish
PLANET has put together an excellent lineup of high-quality presentations that will be delivered for the first time in Spanish at its upcoming Green Industry Conference, November 2–5, 2005, in Orlando, Florida. Some of the topics featured in Spanish will include the following sessions: Cultures and Customs: Side-by-Side, De-Mystifying Leadership, Strengthening an Intact Work Team, and Permanent Residency for Temporary Workers.
Deadline for three PLANET awards programs coming soon
PLANET is now accepting applications for the following three awards programs — Landscape Contribution Award (honors those major corporations, developers, or municipalities that PLANET believes are consistently committed to contracted landscape and lawn care services for quality landscape development and have helped to consistently create landscape awareness), Community Service Award (honors a landscape or lawn care company that has demonstrated leadership through its dedication and contribution to the good of the community), and the Association Partner of the Year Awards (honors both an individual state/regional association executive and a state/regional association for their contributions to the green industry). Deadlines for all three programs are August 18, 2005
STARS program offers access to online safety resources
The PLANET Safety/Insurance Committee is excited to introduce a critical area of PLANET’s newly launched Web site — the "Safety Programs" section. In addition to providing the same safety information and services offered on the old site, the new "Safety Programs" section will function as the one central location where essential safety resources will be made available to those committed to safety excellence. Members will find an archive of current and past issues of Safety SOLUTIONS, our safety and OSHA compliance newsletter aimed at helping you bring safety to an even higher level, in the Member Center.
PLANET presents a new bilingual Safety Tips Sheet on safe lifting
A new bilingual (English/Spanish) Safety Tips Sheet, entitled Reducing the Risk of Lifting Injuries in the Landscape and Horticultural Industries, is now available. This one-page tailgate training sheet, developed through our PLANET-OSHA Alliance, is being made available to the entire green industry. It follows an earlier tips sheet, also available for downloading in both languages, on the topic of reducing slip and trip injuries. Strains caused by manual material handling, slip and trip injuries, motor vehicle crashes, and amputations were four of the major hazards in our industry specifically identified in the PLANET-OSHA Alliance agreement. PLANET will develop another bilingual tips sheet later this fall on the topic of defensive driving.
Joel Hafner appointed to certification council
The International Certification Council (ICC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Joel Hafner, CLT, of Fine Earth Landscape, Inc., in Poolesville, Maryland, (currently the ICC Observer Program chair) to the position of chair-elect. He will work with the chair on various action plans in preparation for assuming the chairmanship.
New logos developed for all certification programs
PLANET certification logos have been redesigned and are available to persons who hold PLANET-certified designations. An e-mail will be sent out to all those currently certified to let you know how to access the new logos (each logo is available in a variety of formats for each designation). Information about how to access these logos will be included in the packets sent when certification is granted. When individuals renew their certification this year, they will also receive a new PLANET certificate. For more information about the logos, call the PLANET office at (800) 395-2522.
Green Industry Hub home page features news and events
New features were recently added to the home page of the Green Industry Hub. The site now includes news stories about issues and happenings in the landscape and lawn care professions as well as a calendar of upcoming green industry events. Visitors to the site can also browse the course offerings in the “University” section and check out the “Resources” and “Career” help that the Hub provides.
New member benefits brochure is in the mail
As part of your membership investment, PLANET members have access to many valuable affinity programs. Learn more about cost-saving programs offered through Shell Gas, the GreenFlag Profit Recovery, and many other service providers in the new member benefits brochure (included in the August PLANET News mailing) or visit PLANET’s online “Member Center.”