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In October of 2018, The Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) presented the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Grounds Work Unit with their Honor Award, in recognition of outstanding individual professional accomplishment and excellence in grounds management and as an extension of the mission of the Society to promote well managed landscapes throughout the country by challenging those responsible for the management of grounds to achieve a higher level of excellence.  The award was presented to Jessie Rust and Molly Dulak, the Grounds employees that submitted entries to the PGMS.



As PGMS pointed out in their presentation of the award, "Through the discovery, dissemination and application of knowledge, UW-Stevens Point fosters intellectual growth, provides a broad-based education, models community engagement and prepares students for success in a diverse and sustainable world.  To help foster this, the Grounds Work Unit takes pride in providing colorful gardens, with spring daffodils, tulips, peonies, autumn asters and mums.  Campus highlights include an outdoor classroom, creatively designed to control runoff and erosion while maintaining blooming flowers throughout the seasons, in addition to over 100 flower beds and 68 campus planters".



Pictured above left from left to right: Jessie Rust, Molly Dulak and Chris Brindley of the UWSP Facility Services Grounds Work Unit.

Also in 2018, the National Recycling Coalition (NRC) presented the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Grounds Work Unit with the Outstanding Higher Education Recycling Program award, presented to only one college or university with an exceptional program in recycling and connecting higher education and the industry in the areas of degrees, tech transfer, career services and more.

The University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point has been running an exemplary recycling program since it was designated as a Solid Waste Experiment Center in 1990. Annually, over 500 tons of landfill waste is avoided and $17,000 saved on average in avoided landfill tipping fees. The university’s Waste Education Center (WEC) is an extraordinary facility that functions as a materials recycling and composting facility, provides training in sustainable waste management practices and is used for research trials. WEC is administered by the College of Natural Resources (CNR). The CNR offers an undergraduate degree in Soil and Waste Resources with a Waste Management option to prepare students for jobs at landfills, wastewater treatment facilities, hazardous waste sites, recycling and composting centers. Students utilize the WEC as a classroom and lab, and perform research activities as well. Waste management graduates enjoy placement rates of 90-100% and work at private companies and government agencies.



Pictured above and left: The NRC 2018 Outstanding Higher Education Recycling Program award.
Pictured above and right:  The Tree Campus USA award.

Our campus receives annual recognition from ISA (International Society of Arboriculture) for meeting the requirements of “Tree Campus USA”.  We have received annual recognition of being “Tree Campus USA” certified since 2010.  This particular certification is awarded to those campus’s that meet specific arboriculture criteria (tree inventory, maintenance program, tree planting program, educational activities, celebration of earth day etc).  Rich Hauer (TNR Professor) and Chris Brindley (Buiolding and Grounds Superintendent) combine efforts throughout the year to assure our arboriculture activities remain compliant for “Tree Campus USA” status.”

FOR A CLOSER LOOK AT THE PGMS AWARD, CLICK HERE

FOR A CLOSER LOOK AT THE NRC AWARD, CLICK HERE

FOR A CLOSER LOOK AT THE TREE CAMPUS USA AWARD, CLICK HERE



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