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WMU landscapers earn second national award

Nov. 30, 2009

KALAMAZOO--For the second time in recent years, Western Michigan University's Landscape Services team has been honored with a national award for its work by the Professional Grounds Management Society.

Tim Holysz, director of Landscape Services in the Department of Facilities Management, accepted a 2009 Green Star Honor Award on behalf of his team in Louisville, Ky., at the organization's Professional Grounds Management Green Industry Expo Oct. 31. WMU was recognized for the quality, challenge and level of maintenance of its grounds. The awards are designed to bring national recognition to grounds maintained with a high degree of excellence.

PGMS recognized 16 grounds programs nationwide with its 2009 awards in categories ranging from Residential Landscape to Amusement Parks to University and College grounds. The University also was a Green Star Award winner in 2003.

The team that assembled WMU's submission materials included Holysz; grounds supervisors Steve Root, Steve Keto and Darrell Junkins; Tom Sauber, manager of landscape projects; Cari Delong, coordinator of Asylum Lake/environmental research; and Paul MacNellis, Facilities Management administrator. WMU's submission included 25 color photos of the campus grounds and landscape crew, along with descriptions of the sites and landscape challenges.

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Media contact: Deanne Puca, (269) 387-8400, deanne.puca@wmich.edu

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