GSN Sustainability Awards

Recognizing Innovation and Leadership in Sustainability


The Green Spa Network Sustainability Awards recognize the innovations and outstanding accomplishments in the spa industry that contribute to a vital planet and vital people.

Our awards program celebrates those efforts that positively support building a sustainable future. An independent judging panel, made up of experts in the sustainability, spa and wellness industries, evaluates and award brands that are leading the way in social and environmental responsibility. GSN aims to discover, recognize and celebrate significant accomplishments in sustainability within the spa industry.

The 2017 GSN Sustainability Awards

GSN is proud to host its 6th Annual Sustainability Awards and celebrate the achievements of the spa industry towards a sustainable future. Engaging our growing network, the 2017 GSN Sustainability Awards will be judges by five industry leaders, Rona Berg (Editor-in-Chief, Organic Spa Magazine), Julie Keller Callaghan (Editor-in-Chief and Publisher, American Spa Magazine), Debra Duneier (Founder, EcoChi), Glenn Hasek (Editor and Publisher, Green Lodging News), and Ulli Peck (Founder and Owner, The Wellness Agency).

GSN is currently seeking recommendations for leaders in the
following categories:

Sustainable Building Award

Recognizes properties and brands that utilize sustainable building practices that are healthy for people and planet, save or preserve natural resources, utilize sustainable materials, and/or implement innovative and groundbreaking techniques.

Innovative Sustainability Initiative

Recognizes a spa or spa supplier who has implemented an innovative program that supports sustainability, social responsibility, vital people, and/or a vital planet.

Leadership in Sustainability Award

To be awarded to two categories: Day Spa and Resort / Wellness Center
Recognizes a day spa and resort/destination/wellness center who exemplifies a core commitment to sustainability at all levels of their concept and operation, including programming or services, employee well-being, community impact, or operational sustainability.

Sustainable Spa Brand Award

To be awarded in three categories: Beauty, Equipment, and Retail.
The Beauty category recognizes a personal care brand who is highly sustainable in their purpose, materials and ingredient sourcing, packaging, community impact, or operational practices.
The Retail category recognizes a spa retail supplier who is highly sustainable in their purpose, materials sourcing, packaging, community impact, or operational practices.
The Equipment category recognizes a spa equipment supplier or distributor who is highly sustainable in their purpose, materials sourcing, packaging, community impact, or operational practices.

Submit Your Recommendation!

Recommendations may be submitted for any individual, company or product related to the spa, health and wellness industry. Entries will be judged on sustainability, innovation, positive environmental and/or community impact, and financial impact.


Meet the Judges

Rona Berg, Editor-In-Chief, Organic Spa Magazine and The Rona Report

Longtime journalist and current Editor-in-Chief of Organic Spa Media, Rona Berg is the former Editorial Director of ELLE, Deputy Style Editor for the New York Times Magazine and LA Times best-selling author. She has been cited as an industry expert by New York Magazine and Fox News, and was recently called “The Russell Simmons of the Wellness Industry,” by the Huffington Post. She sits on the Advisory Board of SHAPE Magazine, and co-chairs the Personal Care Committee of the Green Spa Network (GSN). Berg has been a featured speaker at ISPA, HBA Global Expo, Indie Beauty Expo and a judge for the SpaFinder 2016 Global Wellness Travel Awards.


Julie Keller Callaghan, Editor-in-Chief/Publisher, American Spa

Julie helms the industry’s leading publication for spa professionals and is an advocate and influencer in the world of wellness. Julie oversees all aspects of the creation of American Spa’s print, digital, and social content. She reports on top spas and wellness retreats around the world and serves as an industry expert and presenter at global travel, beauty, and wellness events. Additionally, Julie judges numerous industry award programs, is the recipient of a Spa and Hospitality Management Certificate from the University of California, Irvine, and is a longtime writer specializing in spa, beauty, health, wellness, travel, art, and entertainment.


Debra Duneier, Founder, EcoChi

Debra Duneier is the founder and President of EcoChi LLC, a purposeful interior design and consulting company with a focus on sustainability and the human experience. She is a Feng Shui Master Practitioner, accredited LEED Green Associate, Certified Eco-Designer and author of EcoChi: Designing the Human Experience. Debra is the Vice Chair for the Sustainability Initiative for the Global Wellness Institute and is designing the Global Wellness Summit at The Breakers in 2017.


Glenn Hasek, Publisher/Editor, Green Lodging News

Glenn Hasek is publisher and editor of Green Lodging News (, a weekly e-mail newsletter now reaching more than 9,000 subscribers, and a website that reaches 36,000+ unique visitors each month. Green Lodging News covers topics ranging from energy management to water conservation to waste management to green design. He previously worked as an editor with Hotel & Motel Management (now Hotel Management). Since 2001 he has owned Hasek Communications L.L.C.


Ulli Peck, Founder and Owner, The Wellness Agency

Ulli Lagler Peck is founder and owner of The Wellness Agency, a wellness consulting firm that specializes in design, management and marketing of wellness retreats. The Wellness Agency helps destinations around the world implement high-quality, authentic wellness programs that provide proven benefits for their guests’ health and wellbeing. She firmly believes that wellness retreats open doors to a healthier, happier way of life and that everyone should attend at least one wellness retreat every year.


Judging Notes

  • The GSN Sustainability Awards are judged by an independent committee of industry professionals.
  • Both the public and judges will provide recommendations for the judges to review as a group. Selections for Final Nominees and Winners are taken via blind survey systems.
  • If, in the judgment of the Awards Committee, no candidates meet the eligibility requirements, an award may not be given.
  • The Awards Committee reserves the right to present a nominee with an award other than the one for which the recommendation was submitted.
  • Recommendations of candidates not selected for awards may be resubmitted in a subsequent year for consideration.
  • Each final nominee, selected in accordance with these procedures, will be requested to provide additional biographical information.