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PLANET Green Industry Weekly NewsBrief
Aug. 12, 2009
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ENVIRONMENT

Recycling Greenwaste a New Trend
from San Gabriel Valley Tribune
When Kevin Davis started CLS Landscape Management Inc. 26 years ago, the only green he was worried about besides his paycheck was on the lawns he serviced. Today green has taken on a whole new meaning, and CLS is one of a growing number of Southland, Calif., landscape firms that are searching for and finding innovative ways to be eco-friendly. More

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Green Roofs Saving Green
from Fleet Owner
I know, I know; it sounds all-too-much like "green dreaming," this idea that "greening" the roofs of commercial buildings in a variety of ways could reduce pollution and save money. But it doesn't seem so farfetched when companies such as FedEx and quasi-government agencies like the U.S. Postal Service are betting big on "green roofs" to help them defray the cost of facility operation, according to Sean Kilcarr the blog's author. More

Keeping Compost, Mulch in the Community
from BioCycle Magazine
It's fitting that "vision" is part of the name of a growing organics recycling company based in Fremont, Calif., Started in 1994 by landscapers Tom Del Conte and Roberto Aguirre who bought their first tub grinder to process landscape waste Vision Recycling has evolved into a full-service mulch producer and composter with two sites and the capability to service generators around the state. More

Riverside Parkway Shows Good Example of Xeric Landscaping
from The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel
It has been nearly a year since the grand opening for the seven-mile-long Riverside Parkway, where 80 percent of the landscaping along the parkway is xeric. The root of the word, xeros, comes from the Greek word meaning dry. Xeric landscaping includes plants that are compatible with an area's climate, and may include many plants native to an area and can tolerate times of drought once they are established. More

EMPLOYMENT

USCIS to Accept New H-2B Fiscal Year 2009 Petitions
from Lawn & Landscape
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services reopened the fiscal year 2009 H-2B petition filing period and will immediately accept new H-2B petitions. Although USCIS had announced in January that it accepted and approved a sufficient number of H-2B petitions to meet the congressionally mandated annual cap of 66,000, the Department of State received far fewer than expected requests for H-2B visas and as a result, has issued only 40,640 H-2B visas for fiscal year 2009 to date. More

INDUSTRY

Lawn Care Business Secrets - 5 Ways To 'Winterize' Your Lawn Care Business
from Ezine Articles
As the peak growing season is winding down in most parts of the country, the majority of lawn care companies are in the process of trimming back their operations as well. In areas where winter snow and ice will put a damper on lawn care services in the coming months, this doesn't mean you have to hibernate and wait until next spring to continue growing your business. More

HEALTH CARE

Small Business and the Health Care Debate
from West Virginia Public Broadcasting
As the national health care debate rages on, small businesses across the country are struggling month after month with the skyrocketing costs of providing health insurance to their employees. Businesses, especially small businesses, need relief -and have made proposals but are discouraged, skeptical and even suspicious of what's going on in Washington. More





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