Entry Categories, Judging and Presentation Dates

1: Small Site (commercial or primary work site with a budget under $80,000)

2: Residential Landscape (single residence or estate owner)

3: Public Works Site (includes parkways, greenways, and intersections)

4: Shopping Area

5: Hospital or Institution

6: Government Building or Complex

7: Cemetery or Memorial Park

8: Industrial, Commercial Site, or Office Park

9: Park, Recreation Area, or Playground

10: Multiple Sites under Management Company

11: Condominium or Apartment Complex

12: Hotel, Motel, or Resort

13: Amusement Park, Theme Park, or Zoo

14:   A) Athletic Fields – baseball, football, lacrosse, soccer (high school, collegiate, semi-pro)

B) Professional Fields – baseball, football, soccer, tennis

C) Golf Course

15:   A) School Grounds (kindergarten – high school, technical school, community colleges)

B) University and College Grounds

C) Urban University Grounds


A distinguished panel of judges, selected by the Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS®) will determine the award winners. All decisions of the judges are final.

Grand – Highest in category with a minimum overall score of 80 points
Honor – 60-80 points
Merit – 40-60 points

Any rejected applicants will be given a second chance to re-submit the awards package the next year at a discounted rate of $100. The awards committee will write up extensive notes on how a rejected applicant can improve the submittal for the next year.


Awards will be presented during the 44th Annual Green Star Awards® Banquet taking place as part of the 2016 School of Grounds Management (SGM®) & GIE+EXPO being held in Louisville, Ky. from October 19-22.