Project EverGreen Teams Up with TOCA

Project EverGreen and the Turf & Ornamental Communicators Association announced the “Buck it Up for Military Families” program. The joint effort is designed to raise $1 each from potentially millions of consumers to expand Project EverGreen’s GreenCare for Troops program and begin offering scholarships to college students of military families. Buck it Up, which runs through May 16, will allow consumers to donate $1 to GCFT online at www.projectevergreen.com or www.toca.org.

News From PLANET

Education, networking and gaining hands-on experience with the latest green industry equipment are still the hallmarks of the Professional Landcare Network Green Industry Conference, scheduled for October 28-31 in Louisville, Ky. Workshop topics will include marketing in a tight economy, economic and environmental sustainability and innovation and technology. The conference will also feature Breakfast With Champions, with more than 80 roundtable group discussions. Visit www.GreenIndustryConference.org to learn more.

PLANET announced the members of the 2009 PLANET Academic Excellence Foundation board of directors. They include David J. Frank, president; Gilbert Peña, vice president; Rich Wilbert, secretary/treasurer; Rod L. Bailey; Ronald Damgaard; Phil Fogarty; Tom Fochtman; Joe Kujawa; Ronald Kujawa; Jim McCutcheon; John Marchionda; J. Landon Reeve IV; and David Snodgrass.

PLANET announced 15 new STARS Safe Company Program members. They are Ameriscape USA, Inc., Lutz, Fla.; Andre Landscape Service, Inc., Azusa, Calif.; Champion Land & Lawn, Chesapeake, Va.; Fieldworks Landscape, Wellfleet, Mass.; Flaggship Landscaping, Gorham, Maine; Integrated Lawn & Tree Care, Colorado Springs, Colo.; LanArc, Inc., Raleigh, N.C.; Leo’s Landcare, Inc., Williamsburg, Va.; M.J. Design Associates, Inc., Dublin, Ohio; Riepenhoff Landscape, Ltd., Hilliard, Ohio; Renfroe & Jackson, Inc., Naples, Fla.; Schalow’s Nursery, Inc., Marshfield, Wis.; Southern Sprinkler Systems, LLC, Roswell, Ga.; The Lawn Rangers, Inc., Albuquerque, N.M.; and Westside Professional Landscape, Inc., Rochester, N.Y.

WSWS Holds Annual Meeting

The Western Society of Weed Science held its 62nd annual meeting in Albuquerque, N.M. The program offered 173 weed science research presentations and posters as well as discussions on weed issues affecting western crops, rangelands and forests, wetlands and wild lands, and educational outreach programs. It also included three special symposia focusing on jointed goatgrass, digital photography and biological control of invasive plants.