Georgia Institute of Technology Receives Re-Accreditation

Georgia Institute of Technology Landscape Services & Vehicle Management Honored with Prestigious PGMS Re-Accreditation

Forest Hill, MD (January 2018) – Georgia Institute of Technology has been re-accredited with a 4-star rating as part of the Professional Grounds Management Society’s (PGMS) Landscape Management and Operations Accreditation, it was announced by Accreditation Facilitator Joe Jackson, CGM. They were originally accredited in January 2015 with a 3-star rating.

Hyacinth Ide, associate director, Landscape Services & Vehicle Management, submitted the update report and received the re-accreditation honor on behalf of the school.

This accreditation process and subsequent follow-up measures combine to exemplify a commitment to continuous improvement. The PGMS Landscape Management and Operations Accreditation is initially awarded for three years. An accredited facility must then seek to be re-accredited through a mandatory update report provided by the organization that verifies the continuing conformance to best practices and the adherence to the principles of the accreditation.

“Georgia Tech’s Landscape Services and Vehicle Management unit provided a very thorough and professionally prepared Grounds Management Best Practices Update Report as required for PGMS re-accreditation. The action steps that they are aggressively pursuing to further institutionalize the best practices for grounds excellence are exemplary. Their work on campus exemplifies a clear understanding and commitment to a continuous improvement process encouraged by the PGMS accreditation and integral to an organization’s success. The Landscape Services and Vehicle Management unit at Georgia Tech is to be commended for substantially showing and presenting evidence that meets the necessary requirements for obtaining a 4-star rating in the PGMS Landscape Management and Operations Accreditation Program,” Jackson exclaimed.

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


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