University of Massachusetts Amherst

The University of Massachusetts Amherst was granted a 1-star Landscape Management and Operations Accreditation as awarded by the Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS), it was announced by Accreditation Facilitator Joe Jackson, CGM. The University first received notification in June.

“A grounds organization’s understanding of the high importance that should be placed on developing and maintaining good relationships with its customer base and campus stakeholders is imperative to being successful in the accreditation process. The University of Massachusetts Amherst clearly “gets this” and it was represented well by the organization,” said Jackson.

Manager of Landscape, Construction, Horticulture and Pest Management, Gary Glazier, developed the accreditation submission and received the honor on behalf of the school.

The PGMS Landscape Management and Operations Accreditation program is a dynamic evaluation tool designed to be used by facilities and organizations that have a landscape services or grounds component. Through peer expertise, the program evaluates strategic grounds management principles and practices that produce and guide the delivery of properties to an attractive, healthy, sustainable and high quality state, states PGMS. The accreditation focuses on three categories: environmental stewardship, economic performance, and social responsibilities. The program has four levels of accreditation (1, 2, 3 and 4–star.) It is designed to not only recognize excellence but to provide a means by which facilities can measure growth and improvements in meeting the goals of best practices.

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