One of the many highlights from this year’s Green Spa Network congress was the awards ceremony at the gala reception on the final evening, in the beautiful grounds of Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite.
Judges with decades of experience in the industry chose winners in six categories including healthy spa cuisine, innovative green products, and dedicated spa and supply brands – from individuals and companies who are shaping the green spa movement. The judging panel included: Julie Keller Callaghan, Editor-in-Chief American Spa Magazine; Mary Bemis, Editorial Director, Insider’s Guide to Spas; Debrianna Berlin, Kiss The Sky; Shelley Lotz, Vios Spa Group.
“It is our privilege and honor as a non-profit voice for sustainability to recognize the work of these dedicated companies whose examples have raised the green standard for the spa industry around the planet” said Executive Director of the Green Spa Network Paul Schmidt.
The winners were chosen based on various criteria, including: achieving the highest level of sustainability compared to their peers; continuous improvement; setting an example of best practice for the industry to follow; making sustainable practices inviting and desirable to consumers and employees.
In addition to these industry awards, the GSN Board of Directors recognized Robert Zimmer of Zimmer Associates as this year’s Visionary Award recipient and further acknowledged outstanding contributions from the organization’s volunteer roster with a new award. Named in honor of one of GSN’s Founders, the inaugural Tara Grodjesk Dedicated Contributor Award recipients have volunteered their time and talents for GSN over many years of service.
Healthy Spa Cuisine Award – Miraval Resort and Spa
Corporate Brand Committed to Sustainability – Two Bunch Palms
Green Supplier / Manufacturer of the Year – Living Earth Crafts
Innovative Green Product of Year – Pedicure Bowls by Victoria’s Essentials Australia
Green Skin Care Company of the Year – Szép Elet
Sustainable Spa of the Year – Spa Blue at Del Mar
Green Spa Network Visionary Award – Robert Zimmer, Zimmer Associates
Tara Grodjesk Dedicated Contributor Award – Rona Berg – Organic Spa Magazine; Tessa Kienow – Ready Care Industries; Lisa Sykes – Universal Companies; Shelley Lotz – Vios Spa Group
Both Maria and I would very much like to thank Green Spa Network for supporting Holonomics, and not only for presenting copies of our book to each board member, all of whom are key opinion-formers in the spa industry, but also offering Holonomics as a prize for the four winners of the Dedicated Contributor Award.
About the GSN Sustainability Awards
Launched by the Green Spa Network in 2012 to honor sustainability leaders who are transforming an industry, the Green Spa Network Sustainability Awards celebrate groundbreaking activities, comprehensive measures, unique contributions, and overall leadership in environmental management, green techniques or sustainability. Nominations for the 2016 GSN Sustainability Awards will open in January with winners to be announced at the 5th Annual Green Carpet Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, September 27, 2016.
About the Green Spa Network
GSN is a not-for-profit trade association dedicated to promoting sustainability in and through the spa and wellness industry. Their mission is to promote the vital connections between personal well being, economic sustainability and the health of our planet. Through networking, education, and best practices developed with its membership of the nation’s most innovative green spas, GSN is setting the standard for social and environmental sustainability in the industry. For more information, visit http://www.greenspanetwork.org.