Aug 4, 2021
Virtual Plant Lighting Short Course to Take Place in October By Tim Hodson

The first annual virtual Plant Lighting Short Course will take place this October and November.

The short course is being presented by GLASE (Greenhouse Lighting & Systems Engineering), OptimIA and LAMP (Lighting Approaches to Maximize Profits)).

This six-week modular short course is designed to provide the audience with an opportunity to learn about all the aspects related to the selection, implementation and benefits of plant lighting systems. Each session is two hours.

In each module, attendees will use interactive tools to define their specific lighting requirements, hear from industry experts about available horticultural lighting systems and learn how to compare different lighting strategies. At the end of the course, participants will be able to make an informed decision about the best options to meet their lighting needs.

The six modules include:

  • Module 1: Introduction to Crop Lighting; Oct. 14
  • Module 2: Deciding to Use Crop Lighting; Oct. 21
  • Module 3: Crop Production with Supplemental Lighting; Oct. 28
  • Module 4: Crop Lighting Systems; Nov. 4
  • Module 5: Economics of Crop Lighting; Nov. 11
  • Module 6: Future of Crop Lighting; Nov. 18

For more information or to register, please visit

— Tim


Walmart to Pay for Associates’ College Tuition, Books

Walmart recently announced it will pay 100% of college tuition and books for its associates through its Live Better U education program. This means approximately 1.5 million part-time and full-time Walmart and Sam’s Club associates in the U.S. can earn college degrees or learn trade skills without the burden of education debt. Walmart is committing to invest nearly $1 billion over the next five years in career-driven training and development. “This investment is another way we can support our associates to pursue their passion and purpose while removing the barriers that too often keep adult working learners from obtaining degrees,” said Lorraine Stomski, senior vice president of learning and leadership.

Lowe’s Celebrates 100 Years with 100 Community Impact Projects

Lowe’s recently unveiled the 100 impact projects out of more than 2,200 submissions that are the cornerstone of 100 Hometowns, an initiative to celebrate Lowe’s centennial. The 100 projects span 36 states and will help thousands of families from coast to coast. Projects include 35 community centers, 19 community spaces, nine shelters, eight housing facilities, seven cultural preservation projects, seven playground installations, six gardens, four food pantries, four skilled trades projects and one civic upgrade. Communities can find details of every 100 Hometowns project and their progress on Lowe’s 100 Hometowns landing page and at #100Hometowns on social media.

Home Depot Reduces Carbon Emissions by 22% in ‘20

Last year, The Home Depot reduced its carbon emissions by more than 127,000 metric tons (a 22 percent reduction in carbon intensity) while growing its business nearly 20 percent. The home improvement retailer has announced a goal to reach 100 percent renewable electricity for its facilities by 2030. “Our commitment to reducing our impact on the planet, taking care of our people, and building strong, sustainable communities is foundational to who we are,” said Craig Menear, chairman and CEO.  “The progress we made in 2020 demonstrates the commitment of our associates and suppliers to these values, as they prioritized taking care of our associates, customers and communities, as well as the environment, while navigating a year unlike any other.”

Tim Hodson