Oakland County wins MSU Turfgrass award

Oakland County is the first county in Michigan to be designated as a
Certified Environmental Steward 2011-2013 by the Michigan Turfgrass
Environmental Stewardship Program at Michigan State University. The
award was announced at the 2011 OakGreen Summit at the Oakland Schools
Building in Waterford.

“Oakland County is very
proud to be the first county government to receive this environmental
certification award,” said Art Holdsworth, director of Facilities
Management. “It took a lot of time and effort on the part of Grounds
Division Chief Phil Goulding, but the value of having achieved this was
well worth the effort.”

Oakland County Grounds
Division garnered this recognition because of the way it manages its use
of non-toxic chemicals on the grounds at its government campus and its
environmental stewardship in the way it cares for grass, trees and

“Kudos to our Grounds Division team
for achieving this level of excellence in caring for our government
campus,” said Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson. “When
residents visit their county government campus, they will see the
beautiful results of the Grounds Division’s hard work.”

The Michigan Turfgrass Environmental Stewardship Program is
intended to organize efforts of the turfgrass industry, state agencies,
Michigan State University (MSU), and environmental advocacy groups to
advance the environmental stewardship of the turfgrass industry and to
recognize environmental achievements. The program was developed at MSU
with support from the Michigan Turfgrass Foundation, Golf Association of
Michigan, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and Michigan
Department of Agriculture. Over the past seven years, the Michigan
Groundwater Stewardship Program has provided the base funding to develop
the program. For more information, go to www.mtesp.org/.