The Catholic University of America

Nov. 12, 2009

Catholic University Receives Green Star Award for Grounds Management

  An example of the CUA grounds crew's work outside Aquinas Hall

The Catholic University of America received an honor award last month from the Professional Grounds Management Society in its annual Green Star Grounds Management Awards.

The university was one of four to receive an award in the urban university grounds category, one of 15 categories that cover a variety of landscapes. The Green Star Award, a first for CUA, recognizes highly maintained landscapes as well as the work of the superintendent responsible for those grounds.

The university received a plaque in recognition. Photos of the campus are featured on the Professional Grounds Management Society's Web site, and the university will be listed as an award winner in the society's newsletter.

Christ Vetick, assistant director for grounds and fleet maintenance in the Department of Facilities Maintenance and Operations, entered CUA for the award for the first time this year. Entrants were required to submit a PowerPoint presentation featuring photos of the campus grounds, the crew and the challenges of maintaining the grounds.

The Office of Facilities Maintenance and Operations employs a grounds crew of 17, which cares for 197 acres.

"This award reflects the department's team effort to strive for excellence in grounds maintenance operations," says Vetick. "Through everyone's contribution, we are able to meet these challenges and, through teamwork, successfully meet our goals and responsibilities. We all have gained a sense of professional accomplishment from this national recognition. We are all excited and energized to continue to provide our university with a well manicured, functional and attractive landscape setting for all of our community members and visitors to enjoy."

The Professional Grounds Management Society is an organization that represents institutional grounds managers who work for organizations such as colleges and universities, municipalities, park and recreation facilities, office parks, apartment complexes, hotels/motels, cemeteries and theme parks.