The Landscape Services department maintains Georgia Tech's commitment to a livable, sustainable and beautiful campus. A dedicated team of landscape professionals implement responsible processes and third-party, sustainability certifications. The department's goal is to maintain an attractive and safe campus environment where students, faculty, staff and visitors can live, work and study in comfort.
Through the diligent work of the Landscape Services Department, in partnership with Tech's Capital Planning team, the campus achieved Level II Certified Arboretum for the first time in 2016 and most recently in April 2021. This level is recognized by both the ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program and the Morton Arboretum, for achieving particular standards of professional practices deemed important for arboreta and botanic gardens. The Landscape Services Department is responsible for the maintenance of grounds and landscape of Georgia Tech’s 426 acre campus. That acreage is divided as 312.5 acres of landscape, 3.5 acres of naturalized land and 110 acres of building footprints. The Landscape Services Department is charged with the maintenance of both the landscape and hardscape, including more than 13,000 trees on campus.
PGMS Landscape Management Accreditation
In 2015, Georgia Tech's Landscape Services department earned the prestigious PGMS 3 Star Landscape Management Accreditation, and then a Green Star Honors award for campus beauty. PGMS is the Professional Grounds Management Society, a nationally recognized organization that brings together grounds professionals in higher education institutions, park and recreation facilities, and more. In 2018, the department reached even higher and achieved a 4 Star Landscape Management Accreditation.
PGMS Landscape Management and Operations accreditation is a 3rd-party verified process that requires commitment across three categories: environmental stewardship, economic performance and social responsibility. The PGMS Landscape Management and Operations Accreditation verifies and recognizes an integrated, environmental management systems approach applied to a grounds management. Read more.
Tree Campus Higher Education
Georgia Tech was an inaugural signatory of the Tree Campus USA program in 2008 and his since re-certified for a total of 13 years. A program of The Arbor Day Foundation, Tree Campus USA, now called Tree Campus Higher Education, helps colleges and universities establish healthy community forests. We have maintained our commitment on an annual basis through a dedicated tree care plan, supporting tree plantings and other student engagements at Tech Beautification Day and through a tree advisory committee that meets on a monthly basis.
2018 - 2020:
- 4 Star Professional Grounds Management Society Accreditation
2015 - 2017:
- 3 Star Professional Grounds Management Society Accreditation
- Green Star Honors Award for Campus Beautification
- Georgia Urban Forest Council "President's Award" for The Georgia Tech Comprehensive Urban Campus Tree Inventory and Management project
- PGMS Landscape Management and Operation Accreditation
Georgia Tech was an inaugural signatory of the Tree Campus USA program.
Professional In Every Way
Georgia Tech's Landscape Services Department Includes:
- 2 Certified Arborists
- 3 Horticulturist II
- 8 Georgia Commercial Pesticide Applicators Licenses, Category 24
- 1 Facilities Support Service Manager
- 1 Turf Maintenance Manager
- Dedicated Tree Maintenance Crew
- Emergency Action Teams (Severe Weather Events)