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Thursday – Nov. 6, 2014

The Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) has recognized Northern Kentucky University with a Grand Award in the society’s 2014 Green Star Awards competition.

The award was given in the University and College Grounds category for exceptional grounds maintenance. Winners were honored during the Society’s 2014 Awards Dinner in Louisville last month.

The Pioneer Elm walkway is part of a Griffin Hall arboretum that features eight varieties of American Elms and was designed to serve as an educational experience to display multiple species of the same genus. The beautiful roof garden on Griffin Hall illustrates one of many efforts NKU puts forth to support sustainable practices.

The university began utilizing roof gardens in 1975 and has continued sustainable practices throughout the years, including a retention pond capturing over six million gallons of roof runoff annually, rain gardens, green walls, and additional roof gardens. NKU is also a Tree Campus USA award winner.

The Green Star Awards program brings national recognition to grounds maintained with a high degree of excellence, complimenting other national landscape award programs that recognize outstanding landscape design and construction.

Overall, PGMS presented six Grand Awards, its highest honor, as well as 17 Honor Awards and three Merit Awards in six categories of competition. To view a complete list of winners please visit

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