Denison University Receives Accreditation

Forest Hill, MD (August 2018) – Denison University was granted a 2-star Landscape Management and Operations Accreditation as awarded by the Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS), it was announced by Accreditation Facilitator Joe Jackson, CGM.

Grounds and Landscape Manager Kevin Mercer, CGM, CSFM, LICM developed the accreditation submission and received the honor on behalf of the school. “The PGMS accreditation process is very detailed and does offer a lot of valuable facets within our grounds management operation. It was a pleasure to work with the auditors.”, he said. After receiving and reviewing the multi-page report from the PGMS Accreditation Evaluation team, Michael Supp, Assistant Director of Operations says, “We will continuously review the recommendations and make changes where they make sense to our institution.”

The Accreditation recognizes this accomplishment was made possible by the commitment and hard work of a lot of individuals and superior leadership. Jackson said, “Satisfying many of the best practices requires the nurturing of good inter-departmental relationships and the explicit support from informed senior administrators. The leadership at Denison University is to be commended for providing the Grounds and Landscape Department with the resources necessary to excel and to be effective contributors to the University’s vision for a sustainable future.”

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.

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