University honored for Grounds Management

November 7, 2011

The Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) bestowed its highest honor, the 2011 Green Star Grand Award, on the University of Chicago for exceptional grounds maintenance in the Urban University Grounds category. Winners were feted during the Society's 2011 Awards Dinner held October 28th in Louisville, Kentucky. Overall, PGMS presented six Grand Awards, as well as seven Honor Awards and two Merit Awards in seven categories of competition.

The Green Star Awards program brings national recognition to grounds maintained with a high degree of excellence, including demonstrated sustainable practices and methods. The University of Chicago is committed to cultivating the natural beauty of its campus with practices that seek to minimize use of pesticides, fertilizer, fossil fuels, and supplied water. "Sustainability was highlighted throughout the PGMS application," commented Katie Anson, Program Coordinator in the University of Chicago's Office of Sustainability. "For instance, the University is piloting a smart irrigation system that senses when plants need to be watered. Not only is this system easier to manage, it prevents over-watering and saves time for the landscape crew."

Recently ranked 14th among The 50 Most Amazing College Campuses by The Best Colleges, the University of Chicago has a strong commitment to making and keep our campus grounds beautiful. "The Green Star Grand Award is a great honor to receive," said Steve Frank, Landscape Services Supervisor for the University. "It not only recognizes the efforts made by our staff, but also the University of Chicago's commitment toward enriching the lives of our students, faculty and staff through green spaces."