"Green Infrastructure" and Immigration Reform to be Highlighted at Upcoming ANLA Legislative Conference
Not yet registered for the ANLA Legislative Conference, scheduled for July 20 – 22 in Washington, DC? Need two good reasons to register now? Two of our top issues to take to Capitol Hill – "green infrastructure" business-building opportunities for the nursery and landscape industry, and immigration reform – are feature stories in this ANLA Newsbrief. "Climate Change Bill Contains Promising Provisions" describes ongoing efforts in Congress to take advantage of the environmental and energy-saving benefits of plants. "Leading Senator Intends to Scrap E-Verify..." features quotes and thoughts of Senator Charles E. Schumer, the Legislative Conference’s Wednesday morning "Breakfast with a Champion" speaker. To learn more about the 2009 ANLA Legislative Conference (July 20-22) click here.
Climate Change Bill Contains Promising Provisions
Though the fate of the recently passed H.R. 2454 "American Clean Energy and Security Act," in the House of Representatives shortly before the July 4th recess is uncertain in the Senate, contained in the bill were two pieces that represent a win for the nursery & landscape industry. First, the final version of H.R. 2454 included Rep. Doris Matsui’s (D, CA) "Energy Conservation Through Trees Act." This bill would provide funding to enable retail power providers to plant trees at residences and small office buildings for the purposes of energy efficiency. ANLA successfully secured provisions that broadened the palette of trees that could be purchased through the program, and expanded partnership eligibility to include landscape service companies where a non-profit tree planting organization does not currently exist. Also included in H.R. 2454 were provisions that recognize urban tree planting and maintenance activities as eligible activities for carbon offset credits. Both of these provisions recognize the importance of not only trees, but our industry’s role, in combating global climate change through the use of trees and landscape plants.
Data Privacy Rules Coming
from BNET Retail
A privacy bill under consideration in Washington would significantly impact retail through provisions that would spell out how companies would have to protect customer data and what they must do if information is compromised, yet, as worrisome as that might be for some, any concern is essentially moot because a Massachusetts regulation with substantially the same provisions will go into effect Jan. 1. And the rule is written in a way that essentially gives it jurisdiction in all 50 states. More
Customer Service and Empowerment
Where is the training for human beings to deal with the other things that can, and will, go wrong? Why must customers work so hard to get satisfaction? Why must they lose their valuable time, waste energy and experience high stress levels just to get their issue resolved? Why is it, that when businesses are closing all over and those that are still in business are experiencing sharp declines in revenue and profit from prior years, that they are not able to understand that their people are not doing the job – the job of retaining the precious customers they have; the ones that are spending money even now? More
Lazy Susan Gardening for the Wheelchair Bound
from Los Angeles Times
Pasadena designer Laramee Haynes has come up with a wonderful idea for those who are wheelchair-bound or simply not able to get down on their hands and knees to tend their gardens. Dubbed the "accessible edible garden," Haynes' creation amounts to a giant Lazy Susan: a truck axle combined with a sturdy metal base to support an 8-foot-diameter redwood top. Garden beds raised to table height enable wheelchair users to reach their plants with ease. More
North America Hosts WorldSkills 2009 Competition
from The Yorkshire Post
Creating a world class Canadian garden is occupying the minds of four students who are aiming to represent the U.K. in the landscape portion of the WorldSkills 2009 Competition which takes place in Calgary, Canada, in September. The event features close to 1,000 competitors, aged 17-22, from 50 countries competing to be the best in the world in 45 trades and technologies. In conjunction with the WorldSkills Competition, The European Landscape Contractors Association is hosting a study trip August 29 to September 8, 2009 for landscape design/build professionals. Special pricing packages are available for our ANLA members. For more information, click here, or contact Joanne Kostecky for more information. More
What Are You Afraid Of?
Admit it. You’re scared out of your mind. Whether it’s financial stress, uncertainty about the business partners you’ve chosen or just plain fear of failure, some aspect of your business is keeping you up at night. So Entrepreneur brought in the authorities: Colleen Long, a psychologist who specializes in entrepreneurship and Jim Koch, a well-known entrepreneur with decades of business experience. They analyzed your top five fears and offered up their best advice on how to handle them. More
Layover.com Acquires Truck.net in Merger
from Land Line Magazine
Layover.com continues its online expansion efforts, announcing that it has acquired the assets of Truck.net. The acquisition is a merger of two popular online information portals to the trucking industry. More
Leading Senator Intends to Scrap E-Verify Employment Verification System
from Workforce Management
A senator poised to lead the immigration reform debate on Capitol Hill wants to scrap a government-run electronic employment verification system and replace it with one that incorporates biometric identification. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-New York and chairman of the Senate Judiciary subcommittee on immigration, faulted the government system, known as E-Verify, for not being able to detect identity fraud. More
Curtain of Light to Offer Energy Savings?
from Knitting Industry
TAMK University of Applied Sciences in Tampere, Finland, has developed a unique warp knitted textile based lighting system intended for use in commercial greenhouses. The light required by the plants is produced by means of LED technology and is placed between the rows of plants. It is estimated that in the future the method will achieve savings of up to one half of the present vast need for energy in hothouses. Thanks to the curtain of light, the lighting, heating and ventilation in hothouses can be achieved more easily than with present systems. More
U.S. Market for Lawn and Garden Products to Reach $26 Billion in 2014
from Garden Center Magazine
Helping Big Growers Grow Bigger
from Big Grower
from Lawn & Garden Retailer
Texas Nursery Excelling at Social Media
from Today's Garden Center