The Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) is now accepting entries for its Green Star Awards. The program honors outstanding grounds management projects. In order to streamline the application process for Green Industry professionals, the awards program now only requires photographs in digital format. This change follows on the program's expansion into 15 separate categories last year.

The Green Star Awards program brings national recognition to grounds maintained with a high degree of excellence, complementing other national landscape award programs that recognize outstanding landscape design and construction. There are two classes of awards, the Grand and the Honor. Only one Grand Award will be given per category, while judges may grant as many Honor Awards as they deem deserving. Grounds management professionals can choose among categories ranging from commercial sites to residential landscaping to multiple sites under the same management company.

The deadline for entries is Aug. 5, 2005. The cost is $150 for PGMS members and $225 for non-members. For a reduced rate of $275, non-members may join PGMS and enter the contest. There is no limit to the number of categories an organization may enter. Each winning entry will be honored at the 2005 Awards Banquet in Orlando, Fla., on Nov. 5, 2005, at the conclusion of the Society's 2005 School of Professional Grounds Management and GIE scheduled to take place at the Orlando Convention Center from Nov. 2-5, 2005.

Further information on the awards, including an official entry form, qualifications, a full listing of categories and a list of past award winners is available online at

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