Green Industry Weekly News Brief
April 7, 2010

White House starts $21 million program to aid small businesses
The Washington Post
In March 2009, President Obama vowed to address the drought of bank lending to small companies and announced an initiative to use $15 billion from the federal bailout to unfreeze the markets that finance Small Business Administration loans.More

Master Gardener: alternatives to water-thirsty lawns
Marin Independent Journal
Lawns are nice to look at, for the kids to play on and to have in case of garden parties, but lately the other side of turf is being exposed. The traditional lawn is being reviled as a green monster, a notorious sink of fossil fuels, water, chemicals and spare time and a water guzzling, synthetic chemical-sucking mistake. It's true; lawn is unnatural in California. It is not native, has a voracious appetite for water and fertilizer, and needs constant attention.More

Going green is theme of 2010 gardening scene
The Comox Valley Record
Fashion is not just for the Paris or New York runways alone. There are definitely yearly trends happening in the garden, albeit not at the same pace as what occurs in the world of dress. According to the trend-spotters who have been on the lookout for what is popular, the 2010 gardening year will see an increased focus on environmental, sustainability and socially responsible issues. More

New California landscape ordinance conserves water, promotes sustainability
Los Altos Town Crier
It's here and it's here to stay. Since Jan. 1, a new Water-Efficient Landscape Ordinance is in effect for the state of California. Depending on your community, the ordinance's wording, regulations and enforcement vary slightly, but all versions have a common set of goals that landscape professionals and environmentally conscious homeowners applaud. Following are a few benefits of the ordinance.More

Phosphorus ban in turf fertilizer begins
LaCrosse Tribune
Wisconsin residents can no longer apply turf fertilizer containing phosphorus to their lawns or other landscape, except in limited circumstances. The intent of the law is to protect Wisconsin's waterways from phosphorus runoff. "The new law makes it illegal for Wisconsin retailers to display turf fertilizer that is labeled as containing phosphorus or available phosphate," said Khazae, though most retailers will have the product still available.More

Cash is always greener
The Altoona Mirror
A winter that brought record snowfall to cities along the Eastern seaboard has created lots of additional work for landscapers in cities like Philadelphia, Pa. and Baltimore, Md. and many local landscapers said they are also busier than usual this spring. More

Motivate without spending millions
Foutune Magazine
Last year Jennifer Lepird spent several weeks working long hours on a big deal. The 39-year-old Tucson-based human resources staffer at Intuit was part of a fast-moving acquisition team: Intuit was buying competitor Paycycle, and her job was to integrate its employees into Intuit's salary structure. She stayed up all night perfecting her spreadsheets as the deal was about to close. More

Green building initiative establishes American national standard for commercial green building
Building Online
The Green Building Initiative announces the completion of the first, and only, American National Standard for commercial green building, as approved by the American National Standards Institute. Green building assessment protocol for commercial buildings was derived from the Green Globes environmental design and assessment rating system for new construction and was formally approved.More

The world can feed itself, says Deere CEO Robert W. Lane, through trade and technology.
Fourtune Magazine
No question: It's been a long time since the American public was fascinated by farm news. But with sticker shock at the checkout, the passage of a controversial $300 billion farm bill, and the increasingly skeptical coverage of the ethanol boomlet, people sure are interested now. Such news turns a spotlight on Deere & Co. Founded in 1837, it is the world's largest maker of farm equipment and a major builder of construction equipment (2007 revenues: $24.1 billion). More