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Landscape Professionals Donate Time to “Green-Up” Downtown Louisville


Author: PLANET

Date: Oct. 21, 2013

PLANET will hold its annual PLANET Gives Back project, a volunteer service event, on Wed., Oct. 23, during this year’s Green Industry Conference (GIC) in Louisville, Ky.

A group of approximately 75 PLANET member volunteers will work to enhance the Home of the Innocents, a nonprofit shelter and pediatric convalescent center that provides services to those facing severe crisis, including children who have been abused, neglected, or abandoned, medically fragile children, and those with autism. PLANET Gives Back volunteers will plant approximately 25 trees, spruce up the facility’s playground as well as its butterfly gardens, and plant cold crops in raised vegetable beds.

“We are pleased to continue our efforts in the downtown Louisville area for the third year in a row and especially thrilled to be working with the Home of the Innocents,” said Alex Fransen, PLANET Gives Back project manager. “This is a great opportunity for the PLANET members to give back to the city of Louisville, showcase their skills, improve the environment, and help solidify partnerships within the community.”

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Photo slideshow: PLANET’s GIC underway

Source: Landscape Management Magazine

Author: Sarah Pfledderer

Date: October 24, 2013

The Professional Landcare Network’s (PLANET) Green Industry Conference (GIC) commenced Wednesday in Louisville, Ky., in hand with the GIE+EXPO. Along with the PLANET Gives Back volunteer event, a kickoff event and welcome reception, several workshops also were hosted at the Louisville Marriott Downtown on the first day of the conference.

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‘PLANET Gives Back’ to Louisville, Home of the Innocents

Source: Landscape Management magazine

Author: Sarah Pfledderer

Date: October 24, 2013

As part of the third annual PLANET Gives Back, held Wednesday in line with the Green Industry Conference (GIC), nearly 75 volunteers revived the grounds at Home of the Innocents, a nonprofit shelter and pediatric convalescent center in Louisville, Ky.

“We’re doing a good thing for the community,” said Alex Fransen, project manager for PLANET Gives Back and landscape development manager for Steele Blades Lawn & Landscaping Services in Louisville. “These not-for-profits need our help.”

Home of the Innocents, he added, was a fitting nonprofit for the initiative because it could accommodate a hefty group of volunteers and was in need of restorations that would take about four hours.

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Louisville Housing Authority shows off new green roof

Source: Courier Journal

Author: James Bruggers

Date: Sep 6, 2012

That’s one splashy new “green” roof atop one of the Louisville Metro Housing Authority’s administration buildings.

The Vine Street building’s new roof features more than 1,200 plantings and city officials said it actually cost less than a conventional roof replacement job: $718,445 to $734,000 for some 16,800 square feet.

It will also save energy year-round, among other benefits, some 26 percent heat loss reduction, 96 percent heat-gain reduction and 76 percent reduction in energy use for summertime air conditioning, officials said.

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The Green Revolution

Source: Irrigation and Green Industry


Date: Jul 17, 2012

Coming Soon To a Roof Near You

Skyscrapers, deep dish pizza, Ferris wheels…

So many great things found their footing in Chicago, Illinois. Yet when the history of the Windy City is written, all may be forgotten in comparison with the most important landscape architecture innovation in recent memory: green roofs. There are now more than 350 of them in the city on the shores of Lake Michigan.

Chicago may be the national epicenter, but there is huge opportunity in the green roof business all over the country. Alex Fransen, president of Steele Blades Lawn & Landscape, based in Louisville, Kentucky, runs a full-service landscape contracting company and reports that “green roof installation work falls in our lap every day. We don’t advertise that we do it. It just comes. Nobody else in our region is doing it. Work leads to more work. Even manufacturers’ representatives know to call us. There is no competition.”

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Louisville’s Go-To Guys

Source: Turf Magazinee

Author: Jerry Mix

Date: January, 2012

From snow management to green roofs to community service,
Steele Blades does it all

Steele Blades Lawn & Landscaping Services, headquartered in Louisville, Ky., knows what it’s doing when it comes to landscaping services. For sure, Steele Blades does a lot of the usual things lawn and landscaping companies do, like mowing and fertilizing, but a whole lot more, too. For example, green roofs. Steele Blades has become the go-to company in northern Kentucky and southwest Ohio for green roofs.

“I’m a turf nut. I grew up working on the golf side.” says Alex Fransen, the company’s landscape development manager. “Steele Blades does high-definition mowing, laying good stripe patterns, not rutting up properties.” It also provides lawn care services, and uses top-quality, granular, slow-release fertilizers.

Steele Blades has employees with the expertise to handle…

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Steele Blades served as “champions” for PLANET Gives Back

Source: Turf Magazine

Author: Ron Hall

Date: Dec, 2011


Landscape and lawn service company owners and their employees are providing more community service than ever before. Inexplicably, this spirit of giving seems to be spreading in spite of what many feel is the most challenging economic environment yet faced by the industry.

Here Alex Fransen of Steele Blades lays out the afternoon’s plan.

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PLANET Gives Back

Source: Professional Land Care Network

Date: 2011


Steele Blades is part of our industries large organization and we are actively involved in several committees.  This year at the GIE Conference/Expo Alex Fransen landscape development manager for Steele Blades Lawn and Landscape championed “PLANET Gives Back”,  the first ever PLANET community volunteer project.  “Our company loves to help with a few volunteer projects each year. My crews and I feel great when we get to do what we love and help a great organization at the same time”! 



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Mazzoli Federal Building goes green

Source: WAVE-3

Author: Megan Kean

Date: Aug 22, 2011

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Louisville is a bit greener since Monday’s unveiling of the metro’s newest green roof.

A large garden now covers the roof of the Mazzoli Federal Building in downtown Louisville. The green roof has multiple benefits, including helping to absorb excess rain water, which will keep it out of our sewers.

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