Penn State University Receives Landscape Award

The Pennsylvania State University has been recognized with a 4-star Landscape Management and Operations Accreditation award as presented by the Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS), announced John Doiron, President, PGMS.

The highest honor a campus can receive in this dynamic peer review program, the PGMS accreditation analyzes social, economic, and environmental responsibilities including a rigorous review by sustainability practices.

“To successfully execute the grounds management best practices essential to the PGMS accreditation process, true support from the leadership of an organization must be present and engaged,” emphasized Joseph B. Jackson, a Certified Grounds Manager and facilitator of the PGMS accreditation program. “The wonderful work being done and displayed by the Grounds and Equipment unit at Penn State University that led to their 4-star rating exemplified how astoundingly factual this statement is realized, accepted and implemented by a ‘World Class’ organization.”

Facilities Manager, Ryan McCaughey, developed the accreditation submission and received the honor on behalf of the Nittany Lions campus.

The PGMS Landscape Management and Operations Accreditation 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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