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Georgia Tech Arboretum

The Georgia Tech Arboretum provides a platform for the development of educational tools defining the performance of individual trees and the collective forest in the urban landscape.

About Landscaping Services at Georgia Tech

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 pursue sustainability certifications. The department's goal is to provide an attractive and safe campus environment where students, faculty, staff and visitors can live, work, and study in comfort.

Georgia Tech and the Landscape Services department won the 2023 Green Star GRAND award in the category of Urban University Grounds from the Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS). This is the highest award ever achieved by Georgia Tech from this nationally recognized organization. In addition, Georgia Tech garnered the Sustainability award for innovation in sustainable grounds maintenance. The campus achieved Level II Certified Arboretum for the first time in 2016 and again in 2021. This level is recognized by both the ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program and the Morton Arboretum, for achieving specific standards of professional practices deemed important for arboreta and botanic gardens.

The Landscape Services department is responsible for the maintenance 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 department is charged with the maintenance of both the landscape and hardscape, including more than 15,000 trees on campus.

Did You Know?


Environmental Grounds Certification

Georgia Tech's Landscape Services department earned a 2023 Green Star GRAND AWARD from the Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS), the highest award ever received by the Institute from this organization. Georgia Tech was also an inaugural signatory of the Tree Campus USA program in 2008 and his since re-certified for a total of 15 years.

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Sustainable Grounds and Water Management

Extensive green policies and procedures support our commitment to a healthy environment for people and planet such as:

  • Natural mulching
  • Leaf management and re-use
  • Mulching mowers
  • Wood
  • Rain gardens
  • Smart irrigation with water recycling using Calsense and Toro technologies



Landscape Services is phasing in electric equipment for daily use.  The department has purchased blowers, shears, weed eaters, edgers and chain saws, along with multiple batteries and chargers, for our team. Mowers will be added in the near future.