With an increased demand for education in sustainability, the Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) plans to meet that need with curriculum at its upcoming 2008 School of Grounds Management. The event will take place October 22-25 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky.
Course topics related to green practices include sustainable maintenance of perennials and shrubs, using LEED guidelines to manage landscapes, managing green roofs, preserving trees and information from the Sustainable Sites Initiative.
The PGMS wants to provide attendees with a multidisciplinary education, so other courses will be offered as well. These include:
· Taking the Mystery Out of Managing and Motivating Employees
· Leading Change from the Front Line
· Project Management for “Accidental” Project Managers
· Building a Customer Service Culture
· Effective Management of Snow and Ice Sidewalk Crews
Other highlights of the event include educational breakfast programs and behind-the-scenes tours of the grounds operations of Louisville’s Department of Parks and Recreation and Churchill Downs, the home of the Kentucky Derby. Tuition fees include free admission to GIE+EXPO, giving participants access to 650 green industry supplier exhibits and the 20-acre outdoor demonstration area. Attendees will also have numerous opportunities for networking and enjoy free concerts featuring performances by .38 Special and Lonestar.