SRU wins Professional Grounds Management honor award


SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University has been selected as an Honor Award recipient in the 2015 Professional Grounds Management Society Green Star Awards competition.

"This is the first year we've participated in the Green Star Awards competition," said Dallas Cott, assistant director of campus services. "I am very pleased with the result.

The judges' comments reinforced what we have been strategically working to improve and provided great direction for how we continue to improve our learning community." 

Judges noted a "drastic improvement" from the "before" pictures submitted with the application, and noted the University's "great use of annual plants and grasses in planters, and a nice mix of textures and colors in trees, shrubs and groundcovers." 

"The judges also provided comments for areas we can improve," Cott said. "These include working on turf damage around walkway areas and wear spots and mowing height." 

The Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) is an individual membership society of grounds professionals advancing the grounds management profession through education and professional development. PGMS was officially created in 1911 but the nucleus of the organization began as the National Association of Gardeners in suburban New York and New Jersey in 1905.