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Columbia International University is a winner in the 2012 Columbia Choice Awards recognizing landscaping and beautification.
The awards are presented by Columbia Green and the city of Columbia’s Tree & Appearance Commission. Columbia Green is a non-profit organization promoting beautification of the Columbia area through landscaping, gardening, horticulture, education and conservation.
CIU was recognized in the “Site Beautification Management” category which “recognizes property that has, over time and in all seasons, demonstrated a commitment to excellence in maintenance, landscape design, consistency of visual appeal and enhancement of (Columbia's) surroundings.”
The judges noted that the CIU landscaping is “planned to present a pleasing and colorful view no matter what the season. Using a wide variety of plant material adds to the attractiveness of the borders. The lawns are well manicured and add to the serenity of the campus.”
CIU Grounds Superintendent Norm Stewart says winning the award means a lot to the CIU grounds crew.
“We go to a lot of effort to make this school a beautiful and safe place to study and work, but ultimately it is for the Lord that we do this,” Stewart said. “We enjoy what we do.”