Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

JUL 2017

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July 2017 11 Research Funded by the ACI Foundation Aims to Increase Quality of Pumped Concrete NALP Partners With Cornell University EPA Delays Effective Date for Pesticide Applicators Rule Changes Grant-Funded, Park Improvement Projects Announced Of the four research projects that the Amer- ican Concrete Institute Foundation will help fund this year, one will study how to improve the workability and freeze-thaw durability of self-consolidating concrete that has been pumped into formworks: a technique that can hinder the stability of the concrete and in - crease its air void spacing factor. The research- ers ultimately hope to create better guidelines for both the pumping operation and the con - crete mix design, which will help meet some agencies' requirements on placed concrete. . The National Association of Landscape Professionals has joined forces with Cornell Uni - versity's SC Johnson School of Business to offer a leadership certificate course, designed just for landscape and lawn care professionals, which will be held Sept. 10 - 13. Participants will engage in a one-of-a-kind curriculum, aimed to build foundational executive leadership skills for industry professionals, delivered by a world-class faculty. In June 2017 the EPA announced that the effective date for implementing the new pes - ticide applicator rule has been delayed until May 22, 2018. The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture's CEO, Dr. Barbara P. Glenn, stated, "Extending the cer - tification timeline will help alleviate some of those challenges by allowing states to work with our EPA partners to ensure adequate training resources and compliance assistance activities are in place to ensure we educate before we regulate." Throughout Earth Month, the public cast their votes to select the winners of the 2017 Meet Me at The Park Campaign, which directs grant funding for park improvement projects that may provide op - portunities for landscape professionals. The 15 winning parks and projects are: • Austin, Texas: Kealing School Park • Brevard County, Fla.: Ulumay Wildlife Sanctuary • Charlotte, N.C.: Learning Gardens • Chicago: Welles Park • Durham, N.C.: Walltown Park • Fresno, Calif.: Highway City Community Science Center • Hartford, Conn.: W.A.T.E.R. Program • Houston: Oak Forest Park • Los Angeles: South Los Angeles Wetlands Park • Miami: Gwen Cherry Park • New York: Green Patch • Orlando, Fla.: Bill Frederick at Turkey Lake • Philadelphia: Philly Pump Track • San Francisco: Greenagers Program • Seattle: Carkeek Park For more information on this year's winners, visit . The NJLCA has selected a new executive director, Alexander Get - tler, who has extensive experience in trade association management. He has held supervisory positions at several local and national trade organizations such as the National Fire Sprinkler Association. In these positions, he has been responsible for the overall administration of the organizations; handling finances, membership retention, recruitment and government relations. Alexander Gettler Joins NJLCA as New CEO

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