PLANET holds Crystal Ball Meeting on sustainability
PLANET recently held a three-day Crystal Ball meeting at Hunter Industries in San Marcos, California, to discuss “Innovating Toward a Sustainable and Profitable Future.”
The purpose of this year’s Crystal Ball meeting was multiple — to develop a better understanding of business models that work productively with sustainability and balance profitability, to begin drafting a statement of intent and a plan for follow-through to create positive momentum among industry stakeholders, and to work to align or surpass standards of Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED).
Unlike past Crystal Ball meetings, participants came from a diversified background of expertise. The group included:
The group is researching an action plan for the future with the possibility of building a coalition of states and related associations that can partner with and move the industry closer to sustainable practices. The group also concluded that partnering with allied organizations such as the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and The Sustainable Sites Initiative to evolve these practices, and developing educational tracks that reflect this commitment would be ideal. USGBC has established the guidelines for LEED certification.
- Crystal Ball Committee Chair Jim McCutcheon, CLP,
HighGrove Partners, Austell, GA
- Crystal Ball Committee Co-chair Kurt Kluznik, CCLP,
Yardmaster, Inc., Painesville, OH
- Crystal Ball Committee Co-chair Steve Pattie, CLP,
The Pattie Group, Novelty, OH
- Sharon Barnes,
Barnes Nursery, Huron, OH
- Doug Bennett,
Southern Nevada Water Authority, Las Vegas, NV
- Facilitator Hilary Bradbury-Huang,
The University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
- Rex Bishop,
North Metro Technical College, Atlanta, GA
- Kurt Bland, CLP, CLT,
Bland Landscaping Co., Inc., Apex, NC
- Dean DeSantis, CLP,
DeSantis Landscapes, Salem, OR
- Carol Dilger,
Ariens, Ferdinand, IN
- Joel Eaton,
Mineral Visions, a Fairmont Minerals Company,
- Jay Fraleigh,
Gro-Eco, Madison, FL
- Tom Fochtman, CLP,
CoCal Landscape, Denver, CO
- Parwinder Grewal,
The Ohio State University, Wooster, OH
- Ron Hall,
Landscape Management, Port Clinton, OH
- Bill Harley,
Outdoor Power Equipment Institute, Alexandria, VA
- Tom Heaviland, CLP, CLT,
Heaviland Enterprises, San Diego, CA
- Richard Heller, CLP, CLT,
Greener by Design, Pelham, NY
- Sabeena Hickman,
PLANET, Herndon, VA
- Bill Hildebolt, Ph.D., CTP, CTP-CSL,
Nature’s Select Premium Turf Services, Winston-Salem, NC
- Bob Kehres,
Ohio Prairie Nursery, Hiram, OH
- Doug Obermann,
PBI/Gordon, Kansas City, MO
- Roger Phelps,
STIHL, Virginia Beach, VA
- Heather Venhaus,
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center,
University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX
- Lynda Wightman,
Hunter Industries, Missoula, MT
- PLANET President Jason Cupp, CLP,
Highland Outdoor, Olathe, Kansas,
was unable to attend the meeting.
The group plans to have a follow-up meeting in Ohio, date not yet confirmed, to continue discussions in an online forum, and to establish a sustainable task force. Through this meeting, the groundwork for the 2009 Crystal Ball Report (final written report) was accomplished and research goals were identified.
Crystal Ball Reports were originally published by the Associated Landscape Contractors of America (ALCA), prior to its merger with the Professional Lawn Care Association of America (PLCAA). This merger resulted in the formation of the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET), which continues to identify meaningful topics, resulting in the development of Crystal Ball Reports. PLANET members will receive a copy of the new Crystal Ball Report on sustainability, sponsored by Ariens/Gravely and STIHL Inc., in the spring of 2009.
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January 20th deadline for comments on sustainable landscape guidelines PLANET has appointed a task force, chaired by Kurt Bland, CLP, CLT, of Bland Landscaping Co. and Roger Phelps, of STIHL Inc., to provide comments on a Sustainable Sites Initiative™ report that is the product of more than two years of work by a diverse group of experts in soils, hydrology, vegetation, materials, and human health and well-being.
The report, Sustainable Sites Initiative Guidelines and Performance Benchmarks — Draft 2008, focuses on measuring how a site can protect, restore, and regenerate ecosystem services — benefits provided by natural ecosystems, such as cleaning air and water, climate regulation, and health benefits. It contains more than 50 draft prerequisites and credits that cover all stages of the site development process from site selection to landscape maintenance.
While standards exist for sustainable structures — “green” buildings — there is no comprehensive set of guidelines and benchmarks for those who want to create and measure sustainable landscapes as there are for green buildings.
The Sustainable Sites Initiative is an interdisciplinary effort by the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, and the U.S. Botanical Garden to create voluntary national guidelines and performance benchmarks for sustainable land design, construction, and maintenance practices.
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), a stakeholder in the Initiative, anticipates incorporating the report’s guidelines and performance benchmarks into future iterations of the LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Guide Rating System™.
PLANET members are encouraged to review the report at sustainablesites.org/report and e-mail written comments with references to supporting documentation to PLANET Public Relations Director Heather Finney.
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PLANET Day of Service is set for April 22, 2009 The PLANET Day of Service is a new program designed to unite PLANET members around the country for a day of giving back to their communities.
This annual day of service will allow PLANET members, state associations, supplier members, and other PLANET partners to create volunteer landscape, lawn care, lighting, or tree projects that benefit their own communities. Healthy and beautiful green spaces are a vital part of our parks, schools, and public grounds. The landscape and lawn care industry plays an important role as steward of the world’s green spaces. This is a chance to showcase your company and corporate philanthropy.
The PLANET Day of Service Web site, planetdayofservice.org, will be completed soon. It will be a one-stop shop for conceiving, registering, planning, and carrying out a service project. Currently, you can log on to the site for basic information. PLANET Day of Service Supporting Sponsorships are now available; contact Dina Wiley to discuss the opportunity.
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Members of interiorscape industry participate in An interiorscape industry summit convened on November 6, 2008, in Atlanta, Georgia.
The meeting was initiated and attended by PLANET’s Interior Specialty Group Chair Chris Raimondi, CLP, and moderated by Terry Anderson, CLP, of the National Interiorscape Network.
“Over the past few years, we’ve seen several interior groups emerge,” Raimondi explains. “We wanted to pull in everyone to see how we can all best work together to optimize resources and eliminate duplication.”
Attendees of the meeting were Norah Hunter, faculty at Brigham Young University; Mike Lewis, CLP, president elect of Green Plants for Green Buildings; Stephen Schell, chair of Interiorscape Group, and Sally Harvey, CLP, CHT, manager of education and labor, with Landscape Ontario; Joe Cialone, CLP, president of the National Foliage Foundation; Dick Ott, CCLP, director of the National Interiorscape Network; Rich Batcho, CLT, Interior Plantscape chair for OFA – an Association of Floriculture Professionals; Mary Golden, executive director, Plantscape Industry Alliance; Tony Caruso, president of Plantscape Industry Alliance; James H. Johnson, staff liaison with PLANET; Linda Adams, associate vice president of FNGLA and representative of the Tropical Plant Industry Exposition (TPIE).
Other invited guests not in attendance included Jeff Morey of Interiorscape Magazine; John Akehurst of the Maryland Nursery and Landscape Association; Denise Calabre of the Pennsylvania Floral Industry Alliance; and PLANET President Jason Cupp, CLP, who could not attend due to illness.
The group named itself the Interiorscape Industry Coalition (IIC) and defined its mission, as follows:
To increase interiorscaping industry awareness, raise industry professionalism, and promote inclusion of plants in the interior environment through collaborative efforts of participating organizations.
The group agreed that the various associations should work together in partnering and sharing opportunities and in raising awareness of the industry. It also agreed to collaborate on increasing professionalism within the industry and advocating the use of plants in interior environments.
The IIC will meet again during TPIE 2009 and will be working on strategies and action items at that time. Any interested organization dealing with the interiorscape industry can contact Chris Raimondi at (201) 445-1299.
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Nominate your educator of the year
The PLANET Academic Excellence Foundation (PLANET AEF) is currently accepting nominations for its 2009 Outstanding Educator of the Year Award.
Applications are available online and must be submitted to the PLANET office no later than February 2, 2009. This award will be presented at the PLANET Student Career Days event, March 26–29, 2009, at Cal Poly Pomona, in Pomona, California.
Educators nominated for this award must be a professor at a two- or four-year institution with significant programs dedicated to the green industry field. They also need to have devoted time, energy, and enthusiasm to their programs and to have made a noteworthy contribution to education in the green industry.
Past recipients of this award include Frank Millsap of Richland College (2001), Steve Angley of Cal Poly – San Luis Obispo (2002), Martha Hill of Hinds Community College (2003), Kent Hammond of Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute (2004), Grant Reid of Colorado State University (2005), Phil Allen, Ph.D., of Brigham Young University – Provo (2006), Jack E. Ingels of State University of New York (SUNY) – Cobleskill (2007), and Rex Bishop of North Metro Technical College (2008).
Nominations may be submitted by current PLANET members and by students who must solicit a PLANET member to endorse their selection.
For more information about the PLANET AEF Outstanding Educator of the Year Award, contact Kristen Nolton, call (800) 395-2522, or visit the Educator of the Year section of PLANET’s Web site.
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Safety Quick Cards As a result of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and PLANET Alliance, new safety resources have been developed to provide tips for workplace safety.
are now online
These free resources, called Quick Cards, cover the following topics: “Gasoline Powered Cut-Off Machines,” “Personal Protective Equipment for Mixing Chemicals in Lawn Care,” and “Using Small Equipment Safely in Landscaping.”
Click on Quick Cards to view and download. Spanish versions of all three cards will also be posted on the Web site in the near future.
The PLANET and OSHA Alliance provides large and small landscape services industry employers with information, guidance, and access to training resources to help them protect the safety and health of their employees, including youth and low-literacy level and non-English speaking workers. In particular, the Alliance focuses on reducing and preventing exposure to manual material handling and slip, trip, and fall hazards, and on addressing motor vehicle safety issues.
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Make the Executive Forum The magic of Disney awaits business owners, managers, and their families at the PLANET’s 2009 Executive Forum in February at Disney’s Beach Club Resort, Walt Disney World® Resort.
a family affair
As a leader, you work hard and strive to be the most effective, inspirational leader you can be, and this year’s Forum — Executive Magic: The Balance of Life, Work, and Health — will continue to focus on your well-being. But, along with the opportunity to be enlightened, you’ll also have loads of fun with your family all in one place — Disney’s Beach Club Resort.
Make plans to attend today!
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Let the games begin PLANET invites all green industry suppliers, and landscape and lawn care professionals to its 33rd annual Student Career Days (SCD) at Cal Poly Pomona in Pomona, California.
This annual competitive event, sponsored by STIHL Inc., draws hundreds of students enrolled in landscape and lawn care programs from more than 50 colleges and universities across the country.
The event includes 26 competitive events designed to mentally and physically challenge students in a variety of areas — from testing leadership, safety, and business management skills, to skid steer and compact utility operation, turf and turf pest identification, and woody ornamental plant identification, to name a few.
Students also have the opportunity to tour the world-renowned Huntington Botanic Gardens, Library, and Art Collection. For those students not participating in the tour, a series of workshops on arboriculture, computer-aided landscape design, estimating, irrigation, leadership, mini-excavator operation, paver installation, sales, skid steer operation, truck and trailer operation, and woody ornamental plant identification will be held.
For fully registered attendees, an Industry Workshop will be held, featuring a panel discussion on recruiting efforts and creating successful internship programs. The panel will be composed of industry representatives, students, and educators.
SCD also includes a Career Fair where companies that have registered for a booth network and promote themselves to the students and hold formal interviews to fill their employment opportunities. Each booth will have an adjacent interview area so interviewing can be done right at the booth site. Registration for a Career Fair booth is separate from all other SCD registration and booths are assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Register by the early-bird registration deadline, February 13, 2009, to receive discounted fees.
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Certification testing available at hundreds of computer-based testing centers New CLP took advantage of certification testing at LaserGrade facility.
PLANET members now have access to hundreds of computer-based testing centers located throughout the United States and Canada, and at 30 international sites through a partnership with LaserGrade/PSI. Crystal A. Arlington, CLP, of AGMG, Inc., recently earned her Certified Landscape Professional designation, by taking advantage of a LaserGrade testing facility. “There are LaserGrade testing centers everywhere, which makes it convenient,” says Arlington, “and I found the LaserGrade staff to be knowledgeable, professional, and helpful.”
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Project EverGreen releases 2009 calendars You can now purchase Project EverGreen’s third annual Because Green Matters calendar.
Photos for the calendar are from hundreds of submissions to the Project EverGreen calendar photography contest. The winners all receive a $100 gift certificate to a national gardening retailer.
Each month in the calendar is sponsored by a different organization supporting Project EverGreen's mission to promote the environmental, economic, and lifestyle benefits of managed green spaces. PLANET is one of the supporting sponsors.
Project EverGreen is a national nonprofit service organization dedicated to promoting the benefits of public and private green spaces. No matter what the season, the new Because Green Matters calendar will make people yearn for the outdoors.
The 2009 calendar is being sold as a fundraiser to benefit Project EverGreen's educational programs. Click here for more information.
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A message from your PLANET President
In his latest “From the President” message, PLANET President Jason Cupp, CLP, Highland Outdoor, writes about giving back to our local communities by participating in the new PLANET Day of Service.
“At a time when seemingly all eyes are focused on our planet and efforts to make it more “green,” the PLANET Day of Service will raise industry awareness and demonstrate to communities across the country that our industry is a good steward of the environment,” says Cupp.
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Be a part of growing the PLANET network Time is running out to participate in the GROW the NETWORK campaign with a chance to win a 42-inch Plasma HDTV.
PLANET needs your help and enthusiasm to GROW THE NETWORK by getting your friends and colleagues to JOIN THE NETWORK. For every new Green Industry Service Provider member you refer, you receive a $25 American Express gift card (no limit on winnings), a free safety program CD, and an entry in a drawing for a 42-inch Plasma HDTV. PLANET wins with a stronger voice for you and your industry.
Deadline: December 31, 2008
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