Sustainability Assessment Tool

green-gain-woman-on-rock_0Friends of Green Spa Network now have free access to the online Sustainability Assessment Tool.

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What is the Sustainability Assessment Tool (SAT)?

Designed especially to help spas and industry resource partners measure their progress in greening their businesses and in developing a forward plan of action for maximum impact, this online tool will be available free of charge for all members of the non-profit organization;  even for those just beginning on the path to green.

Getting Started

The first step of the SAT is a self-administered online questionnaire designed specifically for spas, which is meant to be completed in an average of about an hour.  The tool lays out 13 different categories that should be taken into consideration including: water management, energy use, waste reduction, laundry processes, and even leadership and community connection.  Simple to answer questions address the intentions, plans and concrete actions taken to move a business along the sustainable continuum.   Upon completion, the user is asked to submit their results electronically and then receives a Sustainability Scorecard identifying the relative strength of the company’s sustainability practices and their areas for opportunity.

The second step of the SAT is for spas to review their individualized Sustainability Scorecard and then use the member login to assess the Toolkit that was designed to be a “How To Guide” and resource for how to move further along the green pathway.

Customized Spa Tool

GSN intends for this new tool to become the sustainability benchmark for the industry so that day, resort and destination spas – as well as related goods and services companies – can individually evaluate their greening progress and potential.  Data collection will enable GSN to analyze greening successes in the overall spa industry.

GSN’s new SAT tool will enable the user to do the following:

  • Understand the components that provide a more sustainable spa.
  • Measure their company’s sustainability across 13 categories.
  • Receive an automated summary of results.
  • Practical tools and ideas to delve further into possible areas of improvement, linking to a wide range of GSN’s resources and recommendations.
“We encourage each of our members to set aside the time to complete this questionnaire in order to receive valuable input regarding their company’s commitment to provide a sustainable business model,” says GSN Board Member, Gaye Steinke, who is also the General Manager of the Allegria Spa at Park Hyatt Beaver Creek and the Spa Anjali at Westin Riverfront.
“We were delighted to hear industry members say that in the process of simply filing out the questionnaire, they learned about simple steps they could take to focus more on green in their spa,” explains Suzanne Chavez, GSN Board Member, Spa Director at the Spa at Loretto and Head of the Destination Hotels & Resorts Green Team.

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