The accomplishment countdown

Since our inception in 2005, PLANET has been working to make positive changes for our members and the industry, as a whole. Our committed volunteer leaders, working alongside of staff, have helped to reach our goals and foster the results we seek. The past five years have gone by quickly, and we have some great things to show for it. In our quest to be the respected leader of the green industry, we must provide for the industry itself.

PLANET Universe is the go to Web site for green industry information and news. The content is for landscape professionals, by landscape professionals. This includes articles, books, case studies, Web tools, and more. Education is key to growing your business and PLANET is committed to helping you achieve this. We are excited about the launch of this Web portal and expect it to be nothing short of the most complete and comprehensive toolkit for our industry. If PLANET members are looking for even more information, and perhaps even guidance, we offer that as well.

Trailblazers On Call is a tool that gives land care professionals the ability to receive advice from a Trailblazer, a veteran of the business, within 24 hours. It is an extension to our already popular Trailblazers program where members can arrange for a face-to-face meeting. After spending a day observing on-site, the Trailblazer offers advice to increase the efficiency of your business. Praising the program, Erin Baxter, Office Manager of Lawn & Landscape Solutions, says, “Our experience partaking in the Trailblazer program with PLANET was the most informative, inspiring learning experience that Lawn & Landscape Solutions has ever taken part of.” This is another way we are working to help our members with their business! We are firm believers in relationship building; it is one of the many benefits of being a PLANET member. Knowing fellow landscape contractors and sharing experiences with them supports unity within the industry.

PLANET Day of Service was created to emphasize our members’ altruism to their communities. It is a great opportunity to spruce up local neighborhoods and revitalize community green spaces. It is also an excellent chance to show your community your commitment to environmental stewardship. Most importantly, it allows all of us to be proud of our industry and what we all do as professionals.

Collaborating, swapping ideas, sharing insights, and grabbing the reins of the industry are the purpose and outcome of our most recent event, the CEO Forum. Here at PLANET, we feel that leaders should be united, in order to build and maintain the forward momentum that we posses. The CEO Forum brings the top companies’ CEOs together during our Green Industry Conference (GIC). This exclusive invitation includes highly interactive networking and an informative keynote speaker, all followed by a conversational luncheon. PLANET, along with CEO Forum Sponsor STIHL Inc., is looking forward to hosting the 2010 forum — the perfect opportunity for industry leaders to connect and gain further ground.

Promoting the safety of the industry’s workers by providing the necessary tools and information has helped to set the land care safety standard. The STARS Safe Company Program does exactly that, by having companies pledge to promote safety within their company and industry. To further solidify this oath, we have formed an alliance with OSHA, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, to follow its strict safety protocol. We also have a partnership with CNA, a company who provides business and workers’ compensation insurance. This valuable relationship allows for reduced insurance rates as we become safer.

As the years add up, so does our list of accomplishments. We pride ourselves on extending our boundaries as we reach them. TEAM PLANET — our members, volunteer leaders, sponsors, and staff — is the heart of PLANET. It is through this support system that our feats become reality and our future remains bright. Thanks to all of those involved … here’s to the next five years ahead!

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