The Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) recognized 24 grounds management programs for excellence in the Society’s 2019 Green Star Awards competition. The Charleston County (S.C.) School District took home the Honor Award in the Athletic Fields category. 

The second largest school district in the state of South Carolina, Charleston County serves more than 50,000 students at 85 locations with 60 acres of athletic turf, which includes 30 acres of game fields. Being very close to sea level, the grounds team is careful with pesticide application and utilizes organic-based products when possible.

Other Green Star Award winners are as follows:

University and College Grounds – Small

Grand Award – Denison University

Grand Award – University of Arkansas – Fort Smith

Honor Award – Taylor University

Honor Award – Kilgore College

Honor Award – Hope College

Honor Award – College of the Holy Cross

Honor Award – Belmont Abbey College

Merit Award – University of North Carolina – Charlotte East Quad

University and College Grounds – Mid-Size

Grand Award – University of Nevada – Reno

Honor Award – Baylor University

Honor Award – James Madison University

Honor Award – University of Rochester

University and College Grounds – Large

Grand Award – Oklahoma State University

Honor Award – Purdue University

Honor Award – The Pennsylvania State University

Urban University Grounds

Grand Award – University of Maryland

Honor Award – Southern Methodist University

Honor Award – Drexel University

Merit Award – Becker College

Cemetery

Merit Award – Carolina Field of Honor

Condominium or Apartment Complex

Honor Award – Hancock Estates

Hotel, Motel, or Resort

Grand Award – Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas

Merit Award – Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino

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