The Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) 2011 Green Industry Conference (GIC) will be held in conjunction with GIE+EXPO, October 26–29.

PLANET’s GIC will bring attendees up to date on all the latest topics, tips, techniques, and technology guaranteed to keep green industry company owners, managers, supervisors, and employees on the cutting edge of business practices. GIC is approved for PLANET Landscape Industry Certified recertification at 1 CEU per hour of instruction attended. PGMS and HNA educational sessions also qualify toward PLANET recertification.

GIC is held in conjunction with the GIE+EXPO that showcases an expansive lineup of exhibits and product demonstrations. Helping to make this year’s conference possible is Platinum Sponsor JOHN DEERE, Gold Sponsor Syngenta, and Silver Sponsor Bayer Environmental Science.

On October 27, GIC will once again feature Specialty Group Thursday, providing specific tracks related to the following specialty areas: Design/Build/Installation, Landscape Management, Lawn Care, and, new this year, Irrigation & Water Management. As part of the GIC registration package, virtual tours of Jacobsen Landscape Design & Construction, Inc., and Chapel Valley Landscape Co., will be offered on Saturday, October 29 at GIE+EXPO. The virtual tours will showcase what makes these companies stand out as examples of excellence in the green industry and provide the secrets behind their operations, personnel, and business strategies.

The Louisville Marriott Downtown in Louisville, Kentucky, will once again be the headquarters hotel for GIC attendees. Reservations can be made now by calling the Housing Bureau at (800) 743-3100 or online at the Housing Bureau Web site. Before calling the bureau, however, PLANET members must call the office at (800) 395-2522 for the access code to receive the PLANET room rate. The cutoff date for hotel reservations is September 26, 2011. PLANET has also reserved rooms at the Hampton Inn and Galt House Hotel and Suites.

For more information about PLANET’s Green Industry Conference and the GIE+EXPO, visit or call the PLANET office at (800) 395-2522.