Growing the Future of the Green Industry

Growing the Future of the Green Industry

While you were cheering on your March Madness team, Coast LM was cheering on college athletes in a different category…Landscape of course!

In March, over 650 students from across the nation gathered at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah to compete in the National Collegiate Landscape Competition (NCLC), put on by the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP). This is truly the best of the best in the future of our industry. CoastLM has supported both Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and Cal Poly Pomona teams over the years, but this year, we were excited to add American River College in Sacramento to that list also. Each of our sponsored colleges brought 6-16 person teams to compete in their choice of landscape events. Two representatives from the Coast team, Kelly, CEO and Bryan, Account Manager, flew out to support the three teams and had a blast!

There were over 25 different events held over the course of two days which included Annual and Perennial Plant Identification, Irrigation Assembly, Maintenance Cost Estimating, Sales Presentation, Truck and Trailer Operation and Plant Problem Diagnosis. They were both individual and team (2-3 persons) events. Scores were taken from each individual’s event and put toward the overall team score.

Leading up to the competition, a few of the Coast LM staff that competed (back in the day!) volunteered their time to share their knowledge with the American River College (ARC) team both in the field and in the classroom. We are also super proud that two of the teammates on the ARC team are currently a part of  the Coast LM team, giving them a leading edge of course. While we were able to give more hands on teaching to the ARC team due to location, all three teams were provided financial support.

Results: Two of the three teams made it into the top 15! A student from Cal Poly Pomona ranked 8th overall out of the 672 students.  We couldn’t be more proud of the team scores and the individual efforts.  Congratulations to all!

Bryan gave us the inside perspective being a competitor himself back in the day…

“Having once been a Cal Poly student competitor at the NCLC, I really enjoyed coming back to help recruit and network with best and brightest horticulture students from around the country.  It was fun to share my 16 years of experience in the industry, about the transition between college to the professional work force, things I’m glad I did, things I would’ve have done differently etc.

This event taught me professionalism and the practical side of the industry versus just the educational. In addition, the career fair gave me the opportunity to speak to passionate horticulture companies from all over the country, which helped build up my confidence when it came to the job search.

I competed in the following events and yes, I took home some trophies! Plant ID, Arboriculture Techniques, Skid Steer Operation, Trencher Operation, Construction Cost Estimating and Landscape Maintenance Operation.”


Check out some pictures from the competition! (click to enlarge)