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  • Nursery/Landscape EXPO Air Quality Education Track — 2016 Texas Nursery & Landscape Association
    of Texas Texas Certified Professional Manuals Member Products Services Finder Advertise in TNLA Publications TNLA Online Store EVENTS Events Main Events Calendar Nursery Landscape EXPO TNLA Awards Celebration 2016 Winter Showcase CONTACT SEARCH Search TNLAOnline HOME CONTACT SITE MAP ABOUT TNLA Mission Statement Governance History TNLA Leadership Staff TNLA Membership Benefits CERTIFICATION Certification Promotion Resources CEU Opportunities TMCNP TCNP TCLP TCLA Renewal and Reinstatement Online Certification Exams TNLA Water Smart

    Original URL path: http://txnla.org/services/nursery_landscape_EXPO_Air_Quality_education_track (2016-04-24)
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  • Keep Mowing with Propane! — 2016 Texas Nursery & Landscape Association
    who have pre existing lung conditions During ozone season your operations may be impacted by policies that limit when gasoline and diesel powered lawnmowers can operate on Ozone Actions Days Other than delaying or re scheduling your landscaping operations to limit the impact from lawn equipment and mower emissions is there another option Yes it is called propane also known as liquefied petroleum gas LPG and propane autogas Propane is a clean burning domestically produced alternative fuel and is obtained through natural gas processing and petroleum refining About 90 of the United States propane supply is produced domestically and 75 is refined in the state of Texas alone By reducing our dependency on foreign oil by 10 we retain 50 billion dollars from export and support the Texas economy Propane mowers hold one or two propane tanks up to 15 gallons of fuel capacity in each tank and propane mower fueling is easy because propane tanks are easy to switch minimizing equipment downtime Cylinder exchange programs as well as on site refueling options are readily available With more than 700 propane stations across Texas it s easy and affordable to refuel mowers with any of your neighborhood retailers Propane s sealed tank and refueling system means no spilled fuel and fewer lost dollars There are no storage issues with propane because unlike gasoline it does not go bad during the winter months Here are a few more facts supporting the use of propane mowers EPA estimates that 17 million gallons of fuel are spilled each year while refueling gasoline powered lawn equipment That s more petroleum than spilled by the Exxon Valdez in the Gulf of Alaska With propane s closed loop refueling you do not have to worry about spillage With propane the chance of spilling fuel during fill up leaks in the tank or fuel line and the shrinkage caused by theft or bad gas is eliminated Case in point The Austin Independent School District realized almost 20 recovery of fuel after switching their fleet of mowers to propane Loss was due to pilferage spillage and contaminated gas By using propane landscapers can save 30 50 percent on fuel costs compared to gasoline or diesel That s a lot of savings According to the Propane Education Research Council using propane in commercial mowers will result in nearly 50 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and 80 percent reduction in carbon monoxide emissions Propane does not contaminate groundwater or soil Because propane is cleaner burning engines run cleaner and there is less maintenance There is virtually no carbon buildup on valves or combustion chambers and there is decreased carburetor maintenance extending engine life Statewide and national incentives for mowers are available to help with your switch to propane For more information visit www fuelingtexas com If it s good for mowers it s good for your fleet Propane autogas is also an excellent choice for your fleet trucks pulling trailers of lawn equipment and mowers Prime considerations when investigating

    Original URL path: http://txnla.org/services/keep_mowing_with_propane (2016-04-24)
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  • Saving Water Saves Energy and Reduces Emissions — 2016 Texas Nursery & Landscape Association
    ways to limit the emissions from their business operation that lead to ozone formation Look into making adjustments to business watering operations Water used by nursery centers and landscapers impacts the volume of water used by a community over the course of a day The water used in nursery and landscaping operations requires energy to move the water through the water system to the final destination Emissions are generated as energy is used to treat and transport water and the emissions produced impact air quality According to the U S EPA there are five stages where energy is used in the water cycle 1 Extracting and conveying water Extracting water from rivers and streams or pumping it from aquifers and then conveying it over hills and into storage facilities is a highly energy intensive process 2 Treating water Water treatment facilities use energy to pump and process water 3 Distributing water Energy is needed to transport water 4 Using water End users consume energy to treat water with softeners or filters to circulate and pressurize water with circulation pumps and irrigation systems and to heat and cool water 5 Collecting and treating wastewater Energy is used to pump wastewater to the treatment plant and to aerate and filter it at the plant Take action by designing and implementing a water efficiency plan for your business that defines specific actions the business will take to survey water usage The water efficiency plan should include A training program for employees which gives the employees an understanding of how to use water efficiently A schedule that ensures inspections for leaks are regularly conducted This will help you make sure that all leaks are identified timely and repairs or retrofits are completed According to the U S Department of Energy a leak of one

    Original URL path: http://txnla.org/services/saving_water_saves_energy_and_reduces_emissions (2016-04-24)
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  • Texas Water Smart (TWS) — 2016 Texas Nursery & Landscape Association
    Smart PRODUCTS Products Main TNLA GREEN Magazine Membership Lists Publications Industry Research Reports Best of Texas Texas Certified Professional Manuals Member Products Services Finder Advertise in TNLA Publications TNLA Online Store EVENTS Events Main Events Calendar Nursery Landscape EXPO TNLA Awards Celebration 2016 Winter Showcase CONTACT SEARCH Search TNLAOnline Texas Water Smart TWS TWS was developed in January 2012 by the Texas Nursery Landscape Association TNLA Texas Retailers Association and Scotts Miracle Gro This media campaign was set up primarily to educate consumers on the need to conserve water TNLA has invested hundreds of hours and resources to make the program successful which in turn helps keep the nursery landscape industry thriving Our coalition has raised and spent around 1 million for advertisements on radio television print media and press events across the state For more information or if you would like to get more involved please visit www texaswatersmart com HOME CONTACT SITE MAP ABOUT TNLA Mission Statement Governance History TNLA Leadership Staff TNLA Membership Benefits CERTIFICATION Certification Promotion Resources CEU Opportunities TMCNP TCNP TCLP TCLA Renewal and Reinstatement Online Certification Exams TNLA Water Smart Certification REGIONS Region I Region II Region III Region IV Region V Region VI

    Original URL path: http://txnla.org/services/texas_water_smart_tws (2016-04-24)
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  • Ground-level Ozone a Statewide Perspective — 2016 Texas Nursery & Landscape Association
    This is because ozone levels are higher outdoors and physical activity causes faster and deeper breathing drawing more ozone into the body Increased levels of ground level ozone can reduce lung function and affect the respiratory system People most sensitive to increased ozone are active adults who work or exercise outdoors children older adults and people with some form of lung disease Individuals can increase their awareness of air quality levels by regularly checking the Air Quality Index AQI during ozone season at www airnow gov The current US EPA standard for ozone is 75 parts per billion ppb which means that each monitored region should achieve an annual ozone average of 75 ppb or below to be in compliance with the current ozone standard The US EPA and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality acknowledge that the regions of Dallas Fort Worth and Houston Galveston Brazoria are not in compliance with the federal health based ozone standard which means the effects of elevated ozone levels are more prominent in these regions San Antonio and Tyler were out of compliance with ozone standard in 2013 but have not yet been designated as non compliant Additionally the following Texas regions are near non compliant with the federal health based ozone standard Austin Round Rock Beaumont Port Arthur El Paso and Waco In early 2015 EPA may adopt a new standard which is expected to be between 60 and 70 ppb If a new standard in this range is adopted many regions in Texas will likely be in non compliance with the new standard Taking into consideration the number of regions affected by ozone pollution and the impacts that ozone has on human health and the environment the nursery and landscaping industry is asked to take action to help improve air quality

    Original URL path: http://txnla.org/services/ground_level_ozone_a_statewide_perspective (2016-04-24)
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  • SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available to Texas Small Businesses — 2016 Texas Nursery & Landscape Association
    began on March 18 2014 in the following primary county announced Tanya N Garfield Director of SBA s Disaster Field Operations Center West Primary Texas county Hall Neighboring Texas counties Briscoe Childress Collingsworth Cottle Donley and Motley SBA eligibility covers both the economic impacts on businesses dependent on farmers and ranchers that have suffered agricultural production losses caused by the disaster and businesses directly impacted by the disaster Garfield said Small nonfarm businesses small agricultural cooperatives small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations of any size may qualify for Economic Injury Disaster Loans EIDLs of up to 2 million to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses which could have been met had the disaster not occurred Eligibility for these loans is based on the financial impact of the disaster only and not on any actual property damage These loans have an interest rate of 4 for businesses and 2 625 for private nonprofit organizations a maximum term of 30 years and are available to small businesses and most private nonprofits without the financial ability to offset the adverse impact without hardship Garfield said By law SBA makes EIDLs available when the U S Secretary of Agriculture designates an agricultural disaster Secretary Tom Vilsack declared this disaster on March 26 2014 Businesses primarily engaged in farming or ranching are not eligible for SBA disaster assistance Agricultural enterprises should contact the Farm Services Agency FSA about the U S Department of Agriculture USDA assistance made available by the Secretary s declaration However in drought disasters nurseries are eligible for SBA disaster assistance Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application ELA via SBA s secure Web site at https disasterloan sba gov ela Disaster loan information and application forms are also available from SBA s Customer Service

    Original URL path: http://txnla.org/services/sba_economic_injury_disaster_loans_available_to_texas_small_businesses (2016-04-24)
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  • PAC Endorsements — 2016 Texas Nursery & Landscape Association
    of Texas Texas Certified Professional Manuals Member Products Services Finder Advertise in TNLA Publications TNLA Online Store EVENTS Events Main Events Calendar Nursery Landscape EXPO TNLA Awards Celebration 2016 Winter Showcase CONTACT SEARCH Search TNLAOnline HOME CONTACT SITE MAP ABOUT TNLA Mission Statement Governance History TNLA Leadership Staff TNLA Membership Benefits CERTIFICATION Certification Promotion Resources CEU Opportunities TMCNP TCNP TCLP TCLA Renewal and Reinstatement Online Certification Exams TNLA Water Smart

    Original URL path: http://txnla.org/services/pac_endorsements1 (2016-04-24)
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  • TNLA Issues Watch — 2016 Texas Nursery & Landscape Association
    Nursery Landscape EXPO TNLA Awards Celebration 2016 Winter Showcase CONTACT SEARCH Search TNLAOnline Related Links Legislative Regulatory Latest Legislative Update Join Events Main TNLA Issues Watch Pesticides and Worker Protection Inspections January 2014 If you are a Class 3 or Class 4 grower licensed by the TDA you may be subjected to inspections under the Worker Protection Standard Some Texas growers may face inspections by the EPA and or TDA to verify your compliance with the 1994 U S Environmental Protection Agency EPA regulations governing the protection of employees on farms forests nurseries and greenhouses from occupational exposures to agricultural pesticides The Worker Protection Standard covers both workers in areas treated with pesticides and employees who handle mix load apply etc pesticides Starting this month you may be subject to inspection to ensure your company is complying with the requirements under the Workers Protection Standards the worker protection rule s Compliance monitoring will focus on the largest growers in the Green industry growers who are licensed with Texas Department of Agriculture TDA as Class 3 and 4 operations per the TDA Nursery Floral Licensing scheme A small portion of growers may also fall under the Texas Worker Protection rules regulations a k a the Texas Right to Know Law However by complying with the federal Worker Protection Standard they will be considered mostly compliant with the Texas rules and regulations We encourage you to visit the TDA website to learn more about the WPS requirements including who will be subject to inspections and what areas will be covered during inspections As always TNLA is working to provide our members with the most current information and advocacy We will continue to provide additional information as it becomes available HOME CONTACT SITE MAP ABOUT TNLA Mission Statement Governance History TNLA Leadership Staff

    Original URL path: http://txnla.org/services/tnla_issues_watch (2016-04-24)
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