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Peer-to-Peer

The Green Industry Conference (GIC) is PLANET‘s largest event of the year. But, what makes it a must-attend event? Is it the educational sessions; the show floor and hands-on, outdoor demonstration area; the networking opportunities; or all of the above? Each is important in its own right, but nothing beats that one-on-one, face-to-face time with […]

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Safety is no accident

  Safety is a major part of Todd’s Enviroscapes business plan as it should be for any landscaping company.   Enviroscapes has learned over the years that if you are verbal about having a safe work place throughout your entire staff; it ultimately creates a safer work environment. They have scheduled weekly meetings on Wednesday mornings […]

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Looking forward to another PLANET "Day on the Hill"

As the calendar turns to July, green industry professionals across this great country begin to plan for the annual PLANET Legislative Day on the Hill. Unfortunately, I haven’t attended all of these annual events over the years but I can tell you from my personal experience, that Day on the Hill is one of the […]

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Turf Appeal, Inc.'s Day of Service

At 4:00 AM, on April 22nd, I woke up knowing that we were going to make a difference that day, knowing that our PLANET Day of Service was going to be the biggest and best ever.  I could feel the excitement build as our convoy of volunteers pulled into the main entrance of the Ft. […]

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…and that's a wrap!

Congratulations to every student, sponsor, and PLANET individually and collectively.  The 35th Annual Student Career Days is in the record books!  Special congratulations to BYU-Provo for their first place finish.  Michigan State can take great pride in second place and I know that BYU-Idaho is equally proud of their third place totals.  Here at Chattahoochee […]

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In the blink of an eye!

Only yesterday the opening ceremonies began and already it seems like we have been here forever… or for just the blink of an eye!  I should have taken notes because by now I can’t remember all of the things I learned. Judith Guido was a super informative Keynote Speaker.  Practical ideas about personal branding were […]

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Uniqueness of PLANET's Student Career Days

The uniqueness of PLANET’s Student Career Days (SCD) does not escape me. There is nowhere else I know that students have the chance to test their skills in realistic industry situations with the full support of potential employers and current educational mentors. Sort of a crash course internship while still in the comfortable cocoon of a supportive family.  […]

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The Power of Innovation

This past fall, I had the pleasure of spending three days with some brilliant minds in our green industry.  We gathered in a picturesque valley in Montana to focus on the Crystal Ball Report #30.  When I arrived on the first day, I was greeted by a rainbow over the mountains. At that moment, I […]

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Wild Success

I am thrilled to be writing this as PLANET’s 2010/2011 president. I’ll start by sharing some things about myself that you probably didn’t know. My involvement in this industry started when I was very young. I grew up in our family nursery and landscape business, the roots of which date back to my grandfather in 1927. […]

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Thank you Student Career Days!

Another year of Student Career Days come and gone! After competing in my events and watching my teammates and other members of my industry compete, it was exciting to find out which school would win. Congrats Chatahoochee Technical College for doing such an excellent job!   Yet again I was able to experience the excitement […]

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