IA Awards Program

Partner of the Year

Established in 1995, this award honors a person or group making exceptional contributions or distinctive accomplishments to irrigation as part of an organization that is allied with, related to or an integral part of the irrigation industry. Potential nominees include:    

  • Associations  
  • Research or extension facilities  
  • Educational facilities  
  • End-user organizations    


Denne Goldstein
Irrigation and Green Industry magazine


Goldstein began his career in the turfgrass industry in New Jersey more than 50 years ago. He moved his family to Southern California in 1966 to start a lawn care company. In 1977, Goldstein founded Landscape & Irrigation, a publication specifically for the turfgrass and irrigation industry. By the time he sold the company in 1990, Gold Trade Publications, Inc. was publishing five titles and producing a trade show for the green industry.


Goldstein retired in 1991 but returned to the industry three years later to work alongside his son to develop the first website for the irrigation and green industry. In 1998, they introduced a print version of their site: Irrigation & Green Industry. Today, Irrigation & Green Industry is the leading publication for the green industry and is an official partner publication of the Irrigation Association.



North Carolina Green Industry Council, Raleigh, N.C.

Representing approximately 2,000 business interests, NCGIC has become a unifying force for allied green industry issues within the state of North Carolina. NCGIC produces and distributes educational landscape and irrigation brochures throughout the state and lobbies on behalf of water and landscape issues. Their efforts culminated in the designation of July as “Smart Irrigation Month” by the governor of North Carolina.  




Alberta Chapter of the Irrigation Association


Founded in 2001, the Alberta Chapter of the Irrigation Association is dedicated to promoting efficient and effective water management in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. ACIA works to improve industry professionalism by offering education classes and promoting the benefits of IA certification. As part of Smart Irrigation Month, ACIA developed two newspaper inserts. Water Wise: Albertans Get Smart About Irrigation and Smart Irrigation: How to Conserve Water, Save Money, Have a Healthy Yard focused on the area’s unique water issues and local solutions.


California Agricultural Irrigation Association



Center for Irrigation Technology



Eugene Water & Electric Board, Oregon



Disney’s Horticulture, Walt Disney World Resort



Associated Landscape Contractors of America



Golf Course Superintendents Association of America



Texas Turf Irrigation Association



Carolinas Irrigation Association



North Carolina Irrigation Society



Irrigation Association of New Jersey


New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection



Irrigation Dealers Association of California



Irrigation Association of Australia