NC Green Industry Council

PROTECT

Protect our member organizations and in turn their members in regard to current issues and issues that we see developing in the future.

1. Water Rights and Allocation:

a) Monitor and proactively engage in any discussion of water policies in North Carolina.

b) Monitor and proactively engage in any water or related regulatory efforts by DENR, EMC or ERC that may impact the green industry.

c) Continue to monitor and participate in the WOTUS issue at the national level.

d) Continue to advocate in support of the irrigation contractor license.

e) Build on our relationships with the League of Municipalities and individual municipalities as we move forward with pilot programs and our consumer education programs on water use efficiency.

f) Continue to participate as a stakeholder in the N.C. Drinking Water Protection Program, Ag Water Policy Working Group.

g) Continue to host an annual Water Symposium to share ideas pertaining to state water policy and technological advancements in water use and re-use.

2 .Tax Issues:

Monitor and proactively engage in any legislative or regulatory effort to restructure or change the tax codes in North Carolina in the best interest of the North Carolina Green Industry.

3. Protect current funding for the Center for Turfgrass Environmental Research and Education (CENTERE) at NCSU.

4. Labor Issues/Immigration Reform:

a) Monitor and evaluate any legislation related to immigration and labor issues at the state and federal level that may impact the North Carolina Green Industry.

b) Monitor and support efforts by NCFB / AFB (North Carolina Farm Bureau / American Farm Bureau), AmericanHort, PLANET(Professional Lawn Care Network), SAF (Society of American Florists)or other national green industry trade associations to lobbying for or introduce comprehensive immigration reform or other measures that would incrementally move reform efforts forward.

5. Monitor and report to the GIC Board of Directors on any legislation that may impact the North Carolina Green Industry at both the state and federal level involving;

a) Pesticide regulations
b) Invasive plants regulations
c) Plant disease issues
d) Federal Crop Insurance
c) Energy policy
d) Employee benefits
e) Health care
f) Estate tax
I)  EPA regulations
k) Carbon emissions
l) Promote/Protect NC DOT funds for roadside beautification
(Federal monitoring will be based on our involvement with our national associations, our partners at the NC Farm Bureau, NCDA and others).

6. Remain vigilant of any other issues or legislation that could cause hardship to the North Carolina green industry.

PROMOTE


Promote and introduce legislation that will move the green industry forward in creating a more professional image of the industry, promoting business, jobs and the environmental benefits of what the green industry provides in goods and services.

1. Practice Act for Landscape Contractors:

a) promote implementation of the Landscape Contractors License.

2. Continue to monitor legislation to adopt a state mandated Nursery Standards Act:

a) The North Carolina Green Industry Council supports its member association NCNLA (the North Carolina Nursery and Landscape Association in opposition to this type of legislation).

3. Promotion of Green Industry Goods and Services:

a) Continue to support funding for promotion of the North Carolina green industry to help it  grow and strengthen in order to offer new jobs and business opportunities across North Carolina.

4. Introduce and promote legislation to advance the sustainability efforts of the green industry of North Carolina:

a) Monitor and promote potential energy tax credit certification programs such as the "Energy Saving Landscapes" initiative currently underway (consider drafting legislation to mandate state wide compliance with the standards set forth in the ESL certification program

b) Smart Irrigation Month/seek recognition for July as Smart Irrigation Month for 2015.

c) Continue efforts to promote outdoor water efficiency pilot programs such as Liquid Assets.

d) Look for opportunities to introduce and promote tree-planting programs and other programs that enhance communities, promote jobs and business for the green industry and to improve the air quality of our state.

PARTNER

Work to build partnerships with other organizations, agencies, federal, state and local representatives.

1. Continue to lend our strategic support to NCSU, NCA&T, and NCDA and our member associations.

2. Continue to develop strong relationships with our state and local legislators and federal delegation.

Legislative Agenda

2016