Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

APR 2018

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Delaware Valley University is partnering with the W. Atlee Burpee Company, a worldwide flower and vegetable seed producer and distribu - tor, for a series of field trials that will include four paid internships. Horticultural students will have a unique opportunity to learn how Burpee selects and tests varieties of plants that will ultimately be released to the public. Beginning in the fall of 2018, Minnesota State College Southeast will offer a new two-year construction technology degree. In addition to gaining experience with the tools, materials, methods and standard practices of the trade, students will learn planning, designing, estimating and blueprint reading. The program emphasizes the most up-to-date technologies, sustainability and energy efficiency in residential and commercial projects. Stu - dents will construct one or two houses a year. Environmental engineers at the Univer- sity of Maryland recently received a $1.4 million dollar grant from the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program to design a stormwater treatment system for Department of Defense sites. The new system will target the removal of three environmental contami - nants: polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and copper. In recent years, Palmer amaranth and com- mon waterhemp plant species have been able to develop a resistance to the widely used herbicide glyphosate. In March, 2018, researchers at Kansas State University discovered how these plants were surviving application of the chemical. Their stud - ies found that the plants are producing a "self-rep- licating circular DNA structure" that differs from the long, straight polymer chain that glyphosate targets. Brigham Young University won the 42nd annual National Collegiate Landscape Competition hosted by NALP in Fairfax, Va. The 3-day event featured approximately 60 schools and 1,000 students, with competitions including: plant foliage quizzes, 3-D exterior landscape designs, arboricul - ture techniques and plant problem diagnoses, and skid-steer operation. Next year's competition will be located at Colorado State University on March 20- 23. ybfk5ak6 A research team at Washington State University has found a way to strengthen permeable pavement by adding recycled carbon fiber. The team, led by Karl Englund and Somayeh Nassiri, added carbon fiber composite scraps, received from Boeing manufacturing facilities, to their pervious concrete mix. Then they used cost-efficient, mechanical milling to refine the composite pieces into the ideal sizes and shapes. The added material greatly increased the dura - bility and strength of the pervious concrete. The team is working on mak - ing this available on a larger scale, and developing a supply chain https://tinyurl. com/ydh8acyq DelVal University Partners with Burpee Minnesota State Offering Two-Year Construction Degree Kansas State Breakthrough on Glyphosate Resistance BYU Wins National Collegiate Landscape Competition WSU Creates Stronger Permeable Pavement 20 LC DBM UMD Receives $1.4 Million Grant for Stormwater Treatment

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