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The Green Industry It’s about people, plants, business, and the environment. Enjoy a rewarding career in: landscape design / build / installation interior plantscaping lawn care landscape maintenance


The Green Industry The industry is experiencing tremendous growth and needs more qualified people. With that growth comes diverse and very rewarding career choices that use the newest computer technology, modern business and human resource skills, and the latest mechanized industry equipment.


Design/Build/Installation It is a streamlined method that allows the landscape contractor and landscape architect to work harmoniously on the same team in a design/build environment. By definition, “design/build” is a project method in which the agency or owner holds a single contract with a single entity for both the design and construction of a project.


However, design/build/installation in the green industry is so much more! Design/Build/Installation relaxed in a park to the sound of falling water? vacationed at a tropical resort? visited with friends in a home garden? Have you ever …


Company Owner Design/Build/Installation Project Manager Landscape Designer Landscape Architect Computer Aid Design Technician Production Manager Landscape Crew Leader Horticulturist Arborist Plant Purchaser Carpenter Stone/Brick Mason Landscape Laborer Have you ever wondered who helped to create these different spaces? Salesperson


Design/Build/Installation If a member of a design/build team were to describe “design/build,” that person just might use these words … They work together with one mission in mind … to make the customer’s dream a reality! A design/build team involves many people with various talents and strengths. Creativity Innovation Artistry Integrity Craftsmanship Imagination Professionalism Comprehension People Customer Service Gratification Teamwork Quality Relationships Partnership


Licensure Certification Technical Skills Field Experience Mathematical Skills Communication Skills Design/Build/Installation Vocational Education 1–2 years College Education 2–5 years How do you prepare yourself for a career in design/build? Other things to think about:


Design/Build/Installation What does the future hold for someone interested in a career in the green industry? There is a growing demand for creative people who have the desire to strike a harmonious balance between man and the built environment. With increasing land development and the simultaneous need to preserve our natural resources, several environmental issues have arisen.


The green industry needs people who are sensitive to these major environmental issues and people who have a passion to create attractive landscapes — parks, urban plazas, zoos, campuses, resorts, retail centers, and residential communities. Design/Build/Installation A career in design/build — designing and building the world’s landscapes to improve the quality of life while remaining conscious of the environmental needs of the future — is something to be proud of.


—  Mark Polinko, CLP, ASLA ILT Vignocchi “Landscape design/build blends customer's desires with the knowledge of design — an understanding of scale, balance, texture, and proportion — to create aesthetically pleasing compositions of various materials. The result is artistic landscapes that seamlessly appear as if they have always been there, and my gratification is simply reflected in the smiles on my customers’ faces.” Design/Build/Installation


By definition, interior plantscaping involves the design, installation, and care of tropical plants in indoor settings. Interior Plantscaping This part of the green industry is also known as “interior landscaping” and “interiorscaping.”


Interior plantscaping is everywhere — just look around inside! Interior Plantscaping building lobbies and corporate offices. shopping malls and restaurants. hotels and residential homes. Notice the landscape in:


Interior plants enhance the beauty and mood of indoor spaces. They can: Interior Plantscaping dress a building’s lobby to make it more inviting. decorate a mall during the holidays to invoke feelings of festivity. add beauty and awe to a tropical resort for a sense of relaxation.


Research also verifies that interior plants inspire worker productivity, reduce distractions due to office noise, and increase workplace satisfaction. Interior Plantscaping Studies have shown that keeping plants at work and at home help to reduce health problems and relieve stress. Plants purify air by exchanging fresh oxygen for stale carbon dioxide. However, interior plants do so much more than the eye can see — they clean the air that we breathe!


Business Owners Interior Plantscaping There are several career options within this sector of the green industry: Who puts the plants there? Interior Designers Salespeople Horticultural Technicians and Trainers Greenhouse Crew Members Delivery Crew Members Installation Crew Members Supervisors and Managers


Interior Plantscaping Vocational Education 1–2 years College Education 2–4 years How do you prepare yourself for a career in interior plantscaping? Other things to think about: Certification Technical Skills Field Experience Mathematical Skills Communication Skills


Interior plantscaping is a very customer-oriented business. Interior Plantscaping People often become emotionally attached to the plants in their work areas and living spaces. Interior plantscapers see themselves as horticulturists, designers, business managers, scientists, psychologists, doctors, and surrogate “plant parents.”


—  Kathy Johnson Fediw, CLP, CLT Johnson Fediw Associates Training and Consulting “Interior plantscapers do more than take care of plants; we take care of people. We don’t just water plants; we touch people’s lives.” Interior Plantscaping


These services include mowing, core-aeration, seeding, landscape maintenance, fertilization, and ornamental shrub and tree care. Lawn care companies use Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices, and many customize services to include organic programs.  By definition, lawn care is the provision of lawn, tree, and shrub care services to commercial, industrial, governmental, and residential customers. Lawn Care


Lawn Care Anywhere that you see turf … is a place for lawn care! college campuses. commercial and residential properties. parks and sports fields. Look at:


A well-maintained lawn increases a property’s real estate market value, helps beautify the neighborhood, and … Lawn Care produces oxygen — a 50’ x 50’ lawn produces enough oxygen for a family of four. has a cooling effect — eight healthy front lawns have the cooling effect of 70 tons of air conditioning, which is enough for 16 average homes. improves water quality — dense, healthy grass slows water runoff and removes contaminants so that fresh, filtered water returns to the underground water supply.


In lawn care, you could have a career as a… Lawn Care Business Owner Branch Manager Regional Manager Supervisor Sales Professional Tree and Shrub Care Technician Lawn Care Technician


With the right attitude and aptitude, you can educate yourself through on-the-job training, at-home study courses, and by working as a team player to maintain quality work, excellent customer service, and good results. Lawn Care While a degree in agriculture, business, or marketing is helpful, no degree is required to work in lawn care. Many small “start-up” businesses are operated by enthusiastic, energetic people who have a real desire to succeed!


Industry professionals believe that job opportunities in lawn care will be plentiful in the future. Lawn Care Expected growth in all types of construction — office buildings, shopping malls, residential housing, highways, and parks — will increase the demand for qualified lawn care technicians. In fact, demand for lawn care services is already growing, and many employers currently find it difficult to attract enough workers to fill all the openings! This demand will generate a large number of job openings at the supervisory and managerial level as well.


Owners of many buildings and facilities recognize the importance of “curb appeal” in attracting business and maintaining the value of their properties. They are often expected to use landscaping and lawn care services to maintain and upgrade their properties. Lawn Care Also, homeowners are taking an interest in their backyards; many desire to make them more attractive and comfortable for outdoor entertaining. In addition, as the population ages, more elderly homeowners will require lawn care services to help maintain their yards.


Lawn Care “Homeowners understand that their lawns are valuable investments. Recent reports from realtors across the country cite a return on investment of 15 to 20 percent.” —  Dan Foley, CLP D. Foley Landscape, Inc.


Landscape Maintenance Landscape maintenance is considered to be the improvement of (or adorning of) a section of ground. By definition, landscape maintenance is a service that is provided to customers upon the completion of a landscaping project. This service allows those customers to enjoy their landscapes to the fullest extent.


Landscape Maintenance Maintenance involves various services, including: preventing and treating/controlling weeds, insects, and diseases. mulching and fertilizing flower beds. pruning and trimming trees and shrubs. aerating and dethatching lawns. mowing, trimming, edging, liming, and fertilizing turfgrass areas.


Where does landscape maintenance happen? Landscape Maintenance hotels, resorts, and shopping centers. corporate campuses and residential estates. theme parks, state and national parks, zoos, and sports fields. You can see the results of landscape maintenance at:


Notice how beautiful it is — then you can really appreciate a career in landscape maintenance. Landscape Maintenance When you go on your next vacation or when you’re just driving around, look at the landscape.


In landscape maintenance, you could build a career as a … Landscape Maintenance Plant Nursery Manager Sports Turf Manager Company Owner Consultant Agronomist Account Manager Horticulturist Landscape Technician Property Manager


To begin your career … Landscape Maintenance Start with basic experience through summer jobs, work-study programs, internships, and industry-sponsored events. Check out classes in chemistry, physics, biology, and botany. You may also need a background in mathematics (especially plane and solid geometry) and business math (or basic accounting).


You have the opportunity to receive an education in landscape maintenance at many colleges and universities. Landscape Maintenance Pair your education with experience, and the opportunities are endless. Landscape maintenance is a growing part of the industry. Because it is a service that everyone needs, landscape maintenance offers a multitude of opportunities for those who work in the green industry. The future in this industry looks outstanding!


Landscape Maintenance “Design/build representatives make the first impression with a client, and a maintenance representative develops and nurtures the ongoing relationship.”   —  Edward Furner Mariani Landscape 


What does the future hold for a person interested in the green industry? The Green Industry Growth in the green industry is imminent because of … the preservation and restoration of environmentally sensitive sites. a shortage of natural resources. government regulations of new developments. an increase in environmental issues. increased urbanization.


The Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) is the leading network of green industry professionals. The Professional Landcare Network PLANET represents green industry service provider companies and suppliers nationwide that specialize in design/build/installation, interior plantscaping, lawn care, and maintenance. These firms and their employees represent more than 100,000 green industry professionals. (800) 395-2522


Student Career Days — The ultimate employee-recruiting event of the year The Professional Landcare Network The Green Industry Conference (GIC) and Green Industry Expo (GIE) — The premier educational event for green industry professionals To get started, attend our two largest educational and networking events: PLANET offers many helpful resources to people who are interested in green industry careers. Learn more and register for these events at


PLANET Certification Certified Landscape Professional (CLP). Certified Landscape Technician–Exterior (CLT–E). Certified Landscape Technician–Interior (CLT–I). Certified Ornamental Landscape Professional (COLP). Certified Turfgrass Professional (CTP). Certified Turfgrass Professional–Cool Season Lawns (CTP–CSL). Become certified through PLANET’s national certification program. You could become a:


The Professional Landcare Network Or enroll in a PLANET accredited college or university. Four-Year Schools Brigham Young University Landscape Management Provo, Utah Brigham Young University – Idaho Landscape Horticulture Rexburg, Idaho California Polytechnic State University Environmental Horticultural Science San Luis Obispo, California Colorado State University Landscape Design and Contracting Fort Collins, Colorado Mississippi State University Landscape Contracting and Management Mississippi State, Mississippi Oklahoma State University Horticulture and Landscape Architecture Stillwater, Oklahoma  Two-Year Schools Cincinnati State Tech and Community College Landscape Horticulture Cincinnati, Ohio Milwaukee Area Technical College Landscape Horticulture Mequon, Wisconsin Naugatuck Valley Community College Horticulture Waterbury, Connecticut The Ohio State University – Agricultural Technical Institute Landscape Contracting and Construction Wooster, Ohio Ozarks Technical Community College Turf and Landscape Management Springfield, Missouri Pennsylvania College of Technology Landscape/Nursery Technology Williamsport, Pennsylvania Richland College Landscape Management Dallas, Texas Spokane Community College Landscape/Turf Technology Spokane, Washington Southwest Tennessee Community College Landscape and Turfgrass Management Memphis, Tennessee Clackamas Community College Horticulture Oregon City, Oregon Columbus State Community College Landscape Design/Build Columbus, Ohio Cuyahoga Community College Plant Science and Landscape Technology Highland Hills, Ohio Dakota County Technical College Landscape Horticulture Rosemount, Minnesota Fleur de Lis Institute Landscape Design and Construction Tucson, Arizona Hinds Community College Landscape Management Technology Raymond, Mississippi Joliet Junior College Landscape Design and Management Joliet, Illinois Illinois Central College Horticulture East Peoria, Illinois


For more information about PLANET, call (800) 395-2522 or visit

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