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 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 & GIE+EXPO being held in Louisville, Ky. from October 19-22.