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Western Michigan Landscape Management Honored with PGMS Accreditation

PGMS, an organization for grounds professionals, has given accreditation to Western Michigan University's Landscape Management and Operations program.

Western Michigan University was granted a 4-star Landscape Management and Operations Accreditation by the Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS), announced accreditation facilitator Joe Jackson, CGM.

"Obtaining the 4-star accreditation rating requires a very proactive and aggressive approach to understanding and implementing sound grounds management practices. Western Michigan University's Landscape Services Division effectively met this requirement while also displaying an appreciable propensity for continuous betterment," stated Jackson.

Tim Holysz, director of Landscape Services at Western Michigan University, developed the accreditation submission and received the honor on behalf of the school.

The PGMS Landscape Management and Operations Accreditation program is a dynamic evaluation tool designed for facilities and organizations that have a landscape services or grounds component to use. Through peer expertise, the program evaluates strategic grounds management principles and practices that produce and guide the delivery of properties to an attractive, healthy, sustainable and high quality state, states PGMS. The accreditation focuses on three categories: environmental stewardship, economic performance, and social responsibilities. The program has four levels of accreditation ranging from 1 to 4 stars. It is designed to not only recognize excellence but to provide a means by which facilities can measure growth and improvements in meeting the goals of best practices.

For more information on the accreditation program, please visit

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