Grand Valley State University Landscape Management Honored with Prestigious PGMS Accreditation

Grand Valley State University – Allendale and Pew Campuses were awarded a 4-star Landscape Management and Operations Accreditation by the Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS), it was announced by Accreditation Facilitator Joe Jackson, CGM.

“The Grounds Service and Operations Departments have both done a great deal of really good work that is well documented and much of which is readily available to share with customers and stakeholders. These accomplishments could only have been realized through the concerted efforts of many good employees over an extended period of time.”, said Jackson.

Ken Stanton, Landscape Operations Supervisor, Facilities Services and Ron Villanueva, Manager of Operations, Pew Campus and Regional Centers 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.

For more information on the accreditation program please visit http://pgms.org/accreditation/.

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