Diversity is the presence of differences that may include race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, nationality, socioeconomic status, language, (dis)ability, age, religious commitment, or political perspective.
Equity is promoting justice, impartiality and fairness within the procedures, processes, and distribution of resources by institutions or systems.
Inclusion is an outcome to ensure those that are diverse actually feel and/or are welcomed. Inclusion outcomes are met when you, your institution, and your program are truly inviting to all.
"The leadership and staff of the National Association of Landscape Professionals are fully committed to empowering racial, gender, and social equality within the landscape industry. By increasing representation by people of color, women, the LGBTQ and Hispanic communities, and other underrepresented groups in leadership roles in NALP we will foster a culture that celebrates diversity. To ensure that member voices are truly heard, we recently held the first, of what we hope to be many, diversity discussions that help us better understand each other and create strategies to build a more inclusive culture in the landscape industry. There are many things we can do to help change the face of the industry. As we begin this journey together, know that we are committed to making progress. We are working to provide needed education and resources for employers to create more inclusive workplaces with pathways for advancement; to share stories that celebrate the diversity of our industry; and to bring new voices to our Committees, Councils, and Board of Directors. We encourage all members to help make change happen in every facet of the landscape industry – including becoming active in the association."
NALP President Andrew Ziehler Discusses the Formation of a Diversity & Inclusion Council
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Adrian Martinez, president of New West Landscape Management, Inc. based in Concord, California, was introduced to the landscape business at a young age. His first job was working as a gardener and he quickly learned to love the work as he was constantly surrounded by gardens and open spaces. Martinez joined New West Landscape Management […]
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Ellie and Juan Lamonaca, owners of Conserva Irrigation of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, never thought they’d get into the irrigation industry at first. They had always wanted to be entrepreneurs and were keeping their eyes and ears open for different franchising opportunities. “We always thought of the green industry as a recession-proof business,” he says. “We […]
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Alexander Manueles, president of White Gator Lawn and Landscaping, based in Slidell, Louisiana, started working when he was 19 years old and has now spent six years in the industry. He says he had always wanted to own his own company. “That has always been something that ever since I was younger I always knew […]
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Richard has been working with the association for decades. He is an expert in labor negotiations, traveling around the world to work with clients on labor negotiations. You can email Richard and ask a question about HR issues, contracts, compliance issues, employee handbooks, employee relations, drug testing, etc. NALP members, click here to contact Richard.