Texas A&M University/SSC Grounds Management was granted a 2-star Landscape Management and Operations Accreditation as awarded by the Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS). This exciting announcement was made by Accreditation Facilitator Joe Jackson, CGM.

Three representatives from PGMS visited the TAMU campus in early December for a couple of intense observation days, including meetings with both SSC and university staff. “From the meeting with the Grounds Management Leadership Team, it was clear that they possess many of the right skill sets needed for a good and productive grounds organization. The knowledge of the Grounds Management Leadership Team and their effective use of sound grounds management strategies are evident from observing the results of site appropriate work processes and procedures and the delivery of an appreciable grounds product,” said Jackson.

SSC Grounds Resident Regional Manager Don Crawford developed the accreditation submission and received the honor on behalf of the university.

The PGMS Landscape Management and Operations Accreditation program is a dynamic evaluation tool designed to be used by facilities and organizations that have a landscape services or grounds component. 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 (1, 2, 3 and 4–star.) 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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