TAG: PLANET Academic Excellence Foundation

PLANET AEF welcomes 4 new ambassadors

March 31, 2015By

The Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) named the newest ambassadors of the PLANET Academic Excellence Foundation (PLANET AEF). The ambassadors reached such a status by pledging $25,000 to the foundation, which awards scholarships to students enrolled in landscape contracting and/or horticulture programs at two-year or four-year colleges and universities. They include: •           Mike Hommel, Designs by Sundown, Englewood, Colo.; •           Tom Fochtman,... read more

PLANET AEF dubs educator of the year, gives 53 scholarships

March 25, 2015By

The Professional Landcare Network Academic Excellence Foundation (PLANET AEF) presented a slew of academic accolades at PLANET Student Career Days, hosted Mach 12-15 by North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C. In 2015 alone, PLANET AEF has given a total of $91,100 in awards and scholarships. Adding to that, it bestowed 53 scholarships at a reception, sponsored by Stihl, March... read more

65 teams compete at 2015 PLANET Student Career Days

March 24, 2015By

In its 39th year, the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) Student Career Days drew 800 students to North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C., last week. Sixty-five teams, including three National FFA Organization high school teams, participated in 27 individual and team competitions. The events included, among others, tree climbing, hardscape installation, wood construction, plant identification, sales presentation, exterior/interior design, irrigation... read more

‘Partners’ inspire growth, goodwill

September 4, 2014By
(From left) David Minor, CEO, and Rick Onstott, president, opened Fort Worth-based The Landscape Partners in 2003.

A Texas company’s focus on partnerships inspires growth and goodwill in the communities it serves. To Rick Onstott, president of The Landscape Partners, a company is a lot like a three-legged stool. “If one of the three legs is broken, the stool will fall down,” he says. It’s that mentality that inspires The Landscape Partners’ mission to deliver great quality,... read more

PLANET AEF tags 2014 Outstanding Educator of the Year

April 17, 2014By

The Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) Academic Excellence Foundation (AEF) tagged Zachary Johnson as the recipient of its 2014 Outstanding Educator of the Year Award. Developed in cooperation with the PLANET Accreditation Committee the award recognizes professors who have made significant contributions to landscape industry education. Johnson, an associate professor of landscape design and contracting at Colorado State University (CSU), received... read more

2014 PLANET SCD creates friendly competition in Fort Collins

March 26, 2014By

Their wardrobes wavered from business casual to school spirit fanatical, which perhaps was a reflection of the students’ differing outlooks on the event—one being that they were there to nab employment, and the other that they were attending with hopes to crush the competition. Garb aside, the more than 800 students who attended the 38th annual Professional Landcare Network (PLANET)... read more