Penn State receives highest honor from Professional Grounds Management Society

October 06, 2016

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State has been recognized with a four-star Landscape Management and Operations Accreditation award as presented by the Professional Grounds Management Society (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,” said 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 that led to their four-star rating exemplified how astoundingly factual this statement is realized, accepted and implemented by a ‘World Class’ organization.”

Grounds and Equipment Manager Ryan McCaughey developed the accreditation submission and received the honor on behalf of Penn State.

The PGMS Landscape Management and Operations Accreditation program has four levels of accreditation (one, two, three and four 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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Last Updated October 06, 2016