A Look Inside Terracare’s Sustainable Practices

We hear the term “sustainable” a lot nowadays. From the food we eat to the energy we use, it seems like the word sustainable is everywhere. As a landscaping company, Terracare has a passion to be stewards of our environment while protecting the health, safety and welfare of our communities, clients and staff. This dedication has allowed Terracare to lead the outdoor industry in developing sustainable environments for more than 30 years. Furthermore, we believe it is our responsibility to preserve our landscapes and take steps towards sustainability. In turn, ensuring that our future generations have an environment they can enjoy. Below are a few practices Terracare regularly takes to make your property more sustainable:

Providing you with a new approach to landscape

Terracare positions itself as a leader that embraces new technologies in our field and that understands new trends. By taking this approach, TCA can offer solutions that are innovative and cutting- edge. A few examples of this are using smart controllers, xeriscaping, installing edible gardens and drought tolerant landscapes.

Providing you with safer, more efficient plant-health care

Our team of professionals will bring out the best in your landscape implementing a strict Integrated Pest Management (IPM) schedule. This will focus on properly feeding your landscape while monitoring the plant material and using pesticides only as a last resort.

Use recycling practices

Whenever possible, TCA composts and recycles plant materials and other organic material. By taking this approach, we cut down on the amount of waste in landfills and reduce greenhouse gases. Additionally, compost acts as a natural soil conditioner, which improves the soil structure and reduces needs for pesticide and synthetic fertilizer. We strive for zero waste on our projects.

What’s next?

If you need direction for your regenerative landscape and sustainable steps, reach out. Let us see what Terracare Associates and your organization can build together.

Terracare Gives Back!

The holidays are a time when our thoughts turn towards giving to those we care for and back to the community. Throughout the year, we at Terracare Associates, volunteer our time and resources to local nonprofit organizations and community events. Below are a few of the projects that we were proud to be a part of over the past year.

  • Gives backTerracare donated materials and time to create an outdoor learning garden at Montclair School of Academics and Enrichment.
  • TCA continued our annual spring cleaning tradition at the Columbine High School Memorial. We are honored to continue to donate time and materials to keep the memorial looking beautiful.
  • Additionally, we teamed up with CH2M and the City of Centennial to host an Earth Day Event. This event included a plant sale, which benefited Project C.U.R.E.
  • TCA took part in Earth Day activities at the Intuit Corporate Campus in Mountain View, California. These activities included educational seminars on helpful bugs, drought tolerant plant material and irrigation efficiencies.
  • The Dallas branch of Terracare Associates participated in a volunteer day at the Texas Tree Foundation. Volunteers were in charge of plants, mulch or weeds at the TXU Energy Urban Tree Farm & Education Center.
  • Terracare Associates participated in the MUDD Volleyball tournament. The proceeds of the event supported March of Dimes research, services, education and advocacy.
  • Terracare Associates also took part in and sponsored events that the City of Centennial put on. These events were a great way to connect with the community and show our support to one of our largest clients.
We look forward to 2018 and the chance to involve ourselves further in the community! Furthermore, if you have charitable or community events that you would like to tell us about, we encourage you to share them with us!

Terracare Gives Back to the Community

At Terracare Associates, we are committed to giving back to the communities in which we live and work. Throughout the year, we volunteer our time and resources to local nonprofit organizations and community events. Here are a few of the projects we are proud to have been a part of over the past year.

Montclair School of Academics and Enrichment – Denver, ColoradoGiving back

Over the past year, Terracare has donated materials and time to create an outdoor learning garden at Montclair. The garden features 32 raised plant beds as well as an area to grow pumpkins, squash, melons and gourds. The goal of this project is to provide students with hands-on learning experiences that align with grade level standards while also teaching them new skills and responsibility.

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On April 17, volunteers from TCA continued our annual spring cleaning tradition at the memorial honoring those affected by the events of April 20, 1999 at Columbine High School. We are honored to continue to donate time and materials to keep the memorial looking beautiful year after year.

 

City of Centennial Earth Day Event- Centennial, ColoradoFlower sale

On April 22, we teamed up with CH2M and the City of Centennial to host an Earth Day Event including a plant sale  benefiting Project C.U.R.E.  All plants were donated by TCA and CH2M and profits from the sale went directly to Project C.U.R.E. In addition to the plant sale, TCA provided free gardening demonstrations and activities for kids.

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Terracare took part in Earth Day activities at the Intuit Corporate Campus in Mountain View, California on April 20. TCA offered educational seminars on beneficial bugs, drought tolerant plant material and irrigation efficiencies.  In addition, one of our staff members even dressed up like a bee!

Texas Tree Foundation Volunteer Event- Dallas, Texas

Terracare is planning to attend a spring volunteer event to help the Texas Trees Foundation make a difference. Volunteers will be in charge of plant, mulch or weed nursery trees at the TXU Energy Urban Tree Farm & Education Center as well as individual sites all over the DFW Area.

Thank you for helping us support Project C.U.R.E. relief efforts!

 

Thank you for your support! Our Project C.U.R.E fundraiser was a success.

 

We want to sincerely thank all of our generous neighbors, partners, and local businesses who showed up on Earth Day to support our 2nd Annual Earth Day Plant Sale to benefit Project C.U.R.E. in Centennial, Colorado. In partnership with CH2M and City of Centennial, our Project C.U.R.E fundraiser raised almost $2,000 through plant sales to send life-saving and much needed medical supplies to Project C.U.R.E.’s relief assistance efforts in Ecuador. The 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit in mid-April, devastating, injuring and displacing thousands of people, and toppling and destroying homes, businesses, and public infrastructure.

 

The proceeds from this fundraiser helps enable Project C.U.R.E. to work with strategically selected partners who are on the front lines in the affected areas of Ecuador and are administering care to the several thousands in need.

Terracare at Project C.U.R.E. fundraiser
The team poising for a picture at the Project C.U.R.E. fundraiser. With the help of partners and the community, we raised almost $2,000!

Terracare Associates strives to actively invest in our communities by finding ways to partner with local organizations, and giving back to the communities we live and operate in. We are thankful to find partners in amazing organizations – CH2M and City of Centennial – to help us spread the word and provide a larger positive impact on our communities.

 

Thank you again to all who stopped by and purchased a plant to benefit Project C.U.R.E. We look forward to seeing you again next year!

Terracare Gives Back During Community Service Month

At Terracare Associates, we are deeply committed to going above and beyond for the communities and cities we support. Throughout the year, we volunteer our expertise, time and skills through giving back to local nonprofits and community events. This month, as we celebrate Community Service Month as well as Earth Day (April 20) and Arbor Day (April 30), we’ll be donating our time, energy, and resources for several events and communities in California, Colorado, and Texas.

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3 Essential Ingredients to a Great Business Partnership

What is a partnership? Defined by Wikipedia as: “An arrangement where parties, known as partners, agree to cooperate to advance their mutual interests.” Partnerships

A partnership could be focused on individuals, as in a marriage, friends, or teammates.  For example, in our family we recently adopted two adorable puppies who work together to solve problems. Sometimes one stays awake while the other is checking out what is happening, our dogs are working together in partnership toward a common goal – FOOD!

Partnerships are also incredibly important in business. In B2B relationships especially, developing a long-lasting relationship with customers, vendors, employees, and your community is so important when striving for a valuable business partnership.

There are 3 essential ingredients to a great business partnership:

1.  Great communication

Success in business is greatly impacted, for better or worse, by the way we communicate. Effective business communication contains terminology, technical information, as well as providing instructions that can be easily understood by your audience and through consistent and timely interaction. Communication should also be crafted together to ensure your business partnership is supported by assuring everyone’s needs are addressed promptly.

2.  Integrity

People often define integrity as doing the right thing even when no one else is around. It is the ability to act with honesty and be consistent in whatever you are doing at all levels of an organization. This is based on the particular belief, value, or moral compass your business has incorporated into your daily work within a B2B environment.

3.   Think long term

A successful partnership should last. Thinking long term about who you are doing business with and why they are important comes down to trust. It is important to build a relationship beyond business tasks. It’s a commitment to one another even during challenging times. Creating a customer experience that allows both parties to succeed is golden and can last for years to come.

Finally, another essential aspect ofbuilding outstanding partnerships is to work within the local communitywhere your business operates. At Terracare Associates, we believe that giving back and volunteering is a great way to connect, make a difference, and build partnerships in our local areas.

Terracare Associates partners in a big way. During the month of April, in conjunction with Earth Day, we encourage our employees to partner and volunteer with local charities, bringing their expertise to the community. These community partnerships benefits from our core business skills.

Here are some of the highlights from our charitable activities and partnerships on Earth Day.

Columbine Memorial, Colorado

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The outdoor memorial to commemorate the tragic shooting at Columbine High school was beautifully built in 2007. The foundation did not have continuous funding to maintain the perennials, trees, pavers, mulch, mowing and water feature. Terracare Associates volunteered to maintain the memorial year round.

Each year in April, just before the anniversary of the tragedy, our employees volunteer to clean up the memorial to ensure it is a beautiful peaceful place for remembrance.

Learning Gardens – Liberty High School, Brentwood, California

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Terracare Associates has built five Learning Gardens in the San Francisco Bay area to connect children and adults to nutritious foods through hands on experiences with accessible, local, edible gardens.

Bill Horn, Senior Vice President, spearheaded the idea to connect youth to the earth and Terracare Associates has selected school gardens as one of our signature community projects. Most recently we installed a learning garden at Liberty High School in Brentwood California. The Superintendent of Schools (pictured) supports and strongly supports this partnership.

Project Cure Centennial Colorado

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Project Cure is a non-profit headquartered in Centennial, Colorado. Their mission is to collect and recycle medical equipment and supplies to be used at hospitals in need around the world. We helped Project Cure with a plant sale fundraiser on Earth Day.

The team designated two locations, one in partnership with Sheraton Hotels on the 16 Street Mall and Project Cure headquarters in Centennial. The sale was a huge success — raising enough to send more than $35,000 worth of life-saving medical supplies.

Terracare Associates Earth Day Celebrations

hands plantingCommunity – what do you think about when you hear this word? Most everyone feels they belong to a community. Simply, it can be the neighborhood where people live. It can also bring one a feeling of being unified with others and working together for a common goal.

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