Green Industry

Creating a Cost Cutting Culture

At the beginning of a new year, everyone in the industry takes a closer look at cutting costs regardless of how well they did the previous year. Generally we view cutting costs as more money in our pocket as long as we don’t negatively impact the value of what we deliver. Many of us look […]

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Go for Certification Gold

I recently visited our certification partners to the north. Last summer as an auditor for the Landscape Industry Certified Technician-Exterior exam test site in Milton, Ontario, administered by Landscape Ontario and this February as a liaison for the International Certification Council (ICC) attending the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association’s (CNLA) Certification Committee meeting in Halifax, Nova […]

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How to Navigate in Challenging Times: Put a Peer Group on Your Desk

Before the invention of the magnetic compass, people plotted their journey into new territory by dead reckoning or by celestial bodies like the sun or the North Star. Others followed herds of game or their instincts in search of fertile lands. Centuries later, with the introduction of the compass and map charting capabilities, travelers venturing […]

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Partnerships pay dividends for everyone

As many of you already know, PLANET and PGMS have extended their contracts (and partnerships) with OPEI/GIE+EXPO through 2018. Yes, we enjoy working with both OPEI and PGMS, but that in and of itself would never be reason enough to commit to several more years in Louisville. Instead, the move happens to be a very […]

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Past successes lead to future goals

Happy 2012! PLANET is excited about the upcoming year, and is looking forward to serving you for another year. While 2012 promises to be full of education, events, and networking, the accomplishments of 2011 have surely helped to get us where we are today. In the spring, planning started for the inaugural PLANET Gives Back, […]

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The Trailblazer Advantage

Several years ago, we were hearing from other companies in our industry about the Trailblazer program. They said that they were meeting great industry leaders and learning new innovative ideas from these leaders. So, we gave the Trailblazer program a try. The PLANET Trailblazer program has been immensely helpful to our company.   The Trailblazer […]

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Sharing the Trailblazer secret

As a member of PLANET, you probably already know about most of the great benefits that they have to offer. Most of us have attended at least a few events that PLANET has to offer, but only a few have taken advantage of what I consider the best kept secret in PLANET. So what is […]

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Growing as a Student Ambassador

Let me start be introducing myself. I am Jeremy Thorne, from the little town of Sugarloaf, Pennsylvania. I am a student at Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, majoring in ornamental horticulture with a landscape emphasis. This year, I had the great opportunity to represent my school and PLANET at the 2011 Green Industry […]

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Timing is right for new specialty group

With the addition of the Irrigation & Water Management Specialty Group, PLANET now represents five distinct segments of the green industry. The timing couldn’t be better. Water and water management impacts every member of the green industry, and issues regarding the conservation and proper use of this valuable resource have become a key concern, not […]

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What is PLANET's Crystal Ball?

Early in 1970, a few members of the Associated Landscape Contractors of America (ALCA) (now the Professional Landcare Network or PLANET) gathered together, agreeing that the green industry should become more proactive in determining its future. They believed that if landscape contractors could accurately predict future opportunities and roadblocks, they could plan to maximize opportunities, […]

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