PGMS Calls For Green Star Awards Submissions

The Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) is now accepting entries for its Green Star Awards. The program honors outstanding grounds management projects. However, the program’s categories have been expanded this year in order to honor all types of private, public, commercial, and industrial landscapes in the expanding Green Industry.

“With the addition of new categories and expansion of previous categories the Green Stars have become accessible to all individuals who maintain grounds whether these landscapes cover less than an acre or hundreds of acres,” said Awards Co-Chair, John Van Etten, CGM.

Grounds management professionals can choose among 15 categories ranging from colleges and universities to residential landscaping to multiple sites under the same management company. There are two classes of awards, the Grand and the Honor. Only one Grand Award will be given, while judges may grant as many Honor Awards as they deem deserving.

The deadline for entries is Friday, August 6, 2004. Just fill out the entry form and submit the payment and entry to the PGMS office. The cost is only $150 for PGMS members and $225 for others. For a reduced rate of $275, non-members may join PGMS and enter the contest. There is no limit to the number of categories an organization may enter. Only color slides and photographs are accepted, along with brief descriptions of each. There are many elements of the highly recognized contest that may be best depicted in photographs taken throughout the seasons.

Each winning entry will be honored at the 2004 Awards Banquet in Charlotte, N.C. on Saturday, November 6 at conclusion of the Society’s 2004 School of Professional Grounds Management and GIE scheduled to take place at the Charlotte Convention Center from November 3-6.

The Green Star Awards program brings national recognition to grounds maintained with a high degree of excellence. The program complements other national landscape award programs that recognize outstanding landscape design and construction. Further information on the awards, including an official entry form, qualifications, a full listing of categories, and a list of past award winners, is available at

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