The Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) recognized West Texas A&M University and Prairie View A&M University with Honor Awards and Tarleton State University with a Grand Award in the Society’s 2018 Green Star Awards® competition. The awards were given in the University and College Grounds category for exceptional grounds maintenance. Winners were honored during the Society’s 2018 Awards Dinner held Oct. 18 in conjunction with the School of Grounds Management & GIE+EXPO in Louisville, Ky., Oct. 16-19.


West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas
In the arid climate that is the panhandle of Texas, the SSC Services for Education West Texas A&M Grounds Department diligently maintains the campus that has earned the nickname “Oasis on the Plains.” From the annual planting of trees and to the daily challenges of maintaining 176 acres that see 60 degree temperature fluctuations in a single day, the team stands apart in their dedication to the beautification of the campus and community and their passion for upholding West Texas A&M University as a diverse and inclusive student-center community of learners.


Prairie View A&M University in Prairie View, Texas
From working with 20 student organizations that have dedicated trees, to installing new irrigation systems to optimize water usage, to beautification and restoration of constructions sites at an ever-expanding university, the SSC Services for Education Prairie View A&M Grounds Department diligently strives to uphold the Prairie View A&M University values of: access and quality, accountability, diversity, leadership, relevance, and social responsibility. Prairie View A&M University is the first HBCU to receive the Honor Award.


Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas
From the Trogdon House at center of campus which students helped construct in 1923, to the Tarleton Iris bread by J.V Laird to perfectly showcase Tarleton State University’s colors, to the daily challenges of maintaining 180 acres that contain over 5000 Knockout Roses, the SSC Services for Education Tarleton State University Grounds Department stands apart in their dedication to the beautification of the campus and community, honoring its history and tradition, and partnering in their passion for Tarleton State University’s mission to develop moral and ethical thinkers, scholars, and leaders who demonstrate civility and integrity, while contributing meaningfully and responsibly to a global society.

The Green Star Awards program brings national recognition to grounds maintained with a high degree of excellence, complimenting other national landscape award programs that recognize outstanding landscape design and construction. Grand, Honor, and Merit Awards are offered in 15 categories. The judging criteria are: overall aesthetics, staff professionalism, response to grounds related challenges, sustainable practices, and safety.

Media Contact:
Catherine Merritt
Communications, SSC Services for Education
(865) 673-4372
catherine.merritt@compass-usa.com

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