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THE GREEN SPA NETWORK ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF THE 2013 SPA SUSTAINABILITY AWARDS

2013 Green Spa Network Sustainability Awards

September 25, 2013

Tabernash, CO - Rancho Valencia, Osmosis Day Spa, and Auberge Resorts were among the top award winners at the Green Carpet Spa Sustainability Awards last night, presented by the Green Spa Network at their Annual Congress in Devil’s Thumb Ranch, Colorado.

Twelve winners were chosen from categories including green building, eco healthy culinary program, natural personal care products, sustainable spas and leadership from individuals who have shaped the green spa movement.

“These are the foremost leaders pushing the edge of innovation in our industry,” said Green Spa Network Executive Director Deb Berlin, who presented the awards with the organization’s President, Roberto Arjona. “It is an honor for our organization to collaborate with these visionaries to bring the spa industry to a place of true wellness and sustainability.”

Judges Rona Berg, Editor-in-Chief Organic Spa Magazine; Julie Keller Callaghan, Editor-in-Chief American Spa Magazine; Cici Coffee, Founder Natural Body Spa; Clifford Bast, Managing Director BastSustain Group; and Ms. Berlin elected the winners:

Innovative New Green Product – Balanced Guru, balancedguru.com
Green Building – Proximity Hotel, proximityhotel.com
Leadership in Safe Cosmetics – Lisa Sykes, universalcompanies.com
Green Product Company of the Year – Naturopathica, naturopathica.com
Excellence in Sustainable Programs – Sundance Resort, sundanceresort.com
EcoCulinary Healthy Leadership – Rancho La Puerta, rancholapuerta.com
Holistic Wellness Center – LifeSpa, lifespa.com
Sustainable Day Spa of the Year – Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary, osmosis.com
Sustainable Corporate Spa of the Year – Auberge Resorts, aubergeresorts.com
Sustainable Resort Spa of the Year – Rancho Valencia, ranchovalencia.com
Visionary Leadership – Ute Leube, Primavera and Amala
Lifetime Sustainability – Tie: Deborah Szekely and Horst Rechelbacher

"It's a tremendous honor to be recognized as the 2013 Green Product Company by GSN,” said Barbara Close, Naturopathica’s Founder & CEO. “This organization does incredible work raising awareness about sustainability and to be recognized by such an esteemed group is a great privilege."

Criteria for winning included 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.

The Green Spa Network accepts submissions for awards all year through their “Tell Us About Your Green Project” database at www.greenspanetwork.org/tell-us-about-your-green-project.

ABOUT THE GSN SUSTAINABILITY AWARDS
Launched by the Green Spa Network in 2012 to underscore the importance of sustainability leaders in 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.

ABOUT THE GREEN SPA NETWORK
GSN is a community of like-minded spas and resource partners comprised of nearly 200 members with an estimated purchasing power of $30+ million per year. The association provides tools, guidance, and networking to steer the spa industry towards sustainability. For more information, visit www.greenspanetwork.org.

Contact: Deb Berlin, Executive Director, Green Spa Network, 917-653-8778, deb@greenspanetwork.org