November 15, 2010
In a push to become more green, the Texas Tech campus has implemented programs like Arbor Day to help the push become a reality.
Texas Tech was recognized by the Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) with a merit award for its annual Arbor Day event in the society's 2010 Green Star competition. The award was part of the society's University and College Grounds category for exceptional grounds maintenance.
In conjunction with the Green Industry and Equipment Expo, PGMS honored award winners at a four-day event in Louisville, Ky. Overall, PGMS presented seven grand awards— its highest honor—14 honor awards and 12 merit awards.
Gene Gibson, managing director of grounds maintenance at Texas Tech, said the award reflects the hard work of his employees, and also the university's goal to maintain its campus' appearance.
"This is a great honor to receive," Gibson said. "It not only recognizes the efforts put in by our staff, but also Texas Tech University's commitment toward enriching its students', staff and visitors' lives through green spaces."
PGMS is an individual membership society of grounds professionals dedicated to advancing the grounds management profession. Its Green Star Awards program brings national recognition to grounds maintained with a high degree of excellence.
In 2008 PGMS recognized Texas Tech with a Grand award in the Green Star competition in the Urban University Grounds category. In 2007 PGMS awarded Texas Tech with an honor award in the University and College Grounds category.