Georgia Tech Receives Award for Excellence in Grounds Management
The White Oak (Quercus alba) near Tech Tower Lawn is one of the oldest and largest trees in Atlanta metro area. It can be seen in images of Tech Tower circa 1888. According to the USDA Forest Services i-Tree calculations, this tree alone has the carbon storage capacity of 11,177 lbs – the same amount of energy released when burning 2,092 gallons of gasoline. A tree of this size typically sequesters an additional 217 lbs of carbon every year. Energy calculations generated using www.epa.gov/cleanenergy/energy-resources/calculator.
The Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) recently recognized Georgia Tech with an Honor Award in the Society's 2015 Green Star Awards competition. The award was given in the University and College Grounds category for exceptional grounds maintenance.
The Green Star Awards program brings national recognition to grounds maintained with a high degree of excellence, complementing other national landscape award programs that recognize outstanding landscape design and construction. Overall, PGMS presented six Grand Awards, its highest honor, as well as 21 Honor Awards and two Merit Awards in 10 categories of competition. To view a complete list of winners, visit www.pgms.org/2015-green-star-award-winners.
Further information on PGMS’ Green Star Awards program is available online at www.pgms.org.