Texas Tech Wins Prestigious National Grounds Maintenance Award

The university’s Operations Division is honored for its landscaping efforts.

Texas Tech University’s Operations Division recently received an award from the Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) for its efforts in maintaining the university’s landscaping.

Recognized at the 2014 Green Star Awards, Texas Tech was awarded for its well-maintained turf and great use of grasses where less water is required for the up-keep.

“Operations Division Grounds Maintenance is honored to have won such a prestigious award, such as the Green Star,” said Mike Quartaro, director of Grounds Maintenance. “The grounds team puts in unlimited time and effort to make the Texas Tech campus an aesthetically pleasing and safe environment for students, faculty, staff and the Lubbock community.”

The award is a national recognition where universities are judged based on turf, landscape, challenges, budget, safety and sustainable practices. Competing against 17 other universities, Texas Tech scored highest on landscaping and was commended for the university’s sustainability and great use of maintenance.

“Visitors to campus remark often on the beautiful architecture and landscaping of our campus,” Nellis said. “A well maintained campus is important for Texas Tech University in its recruiting efforts of both students and faculty. Congratulations to the Operations Division on this well deserved recognition.”

Professional Grounds Management Society recognizes a high degree of excellence in landscaping with the Green Star Awards. PGMS is the only national society for institutional grounds maintenance.

For more information about the Green Star Awards or PGMS, please visit their website at http://pgms.org/green-star-awards/.

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