GSN Announces Winners of the 2015 Spa Sustainability Awards

Yosemite, CA – (Sept. 30, 2015) – Miraval Resort and Spa, Living Earth Crafts, Two Bunch Palms and Spa Blue at Del Mar were among the top award recipients at the Green Carpet Spa Sustainability Awards, presented by the Green Spa Network at their Annual Congress in Yosemite, California.

Judges with decades of experience in the industry chose winners in 6 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; Debriana Berlin, Kiss The Sky; Shelley Lotz, Vios Spa Group.

Shelley Lotz

In Photo: Shelley Lotz Photo Credit: Robert Parish

“It’s rewarding to see so many businesses striving for sustainability because of their values and conscious leadership.” Said Founder of Vios Spa Group, Shelley Lotz. “The Green Spa Network Awards program is important in recognizing the tireless efforts of those who work hard day after day in making the spa industry even more sustainable. It is truly a labor of love and the nominees are always inspiring and impressive!”

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 desirable to consumers and employees.

Rianna Riego

In Photo: Rianna Riego; Photo Credit: Robert Parish

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 are Rona Berg, Organic Spa Magazine; Tessa Kienow, Ready Care Industries; Lisa Sykes, Universal Companies; Shelley Lotz, Vios Spa Group.

GSN 2015 Dedicated Contributors

In Photo: Rona Berg, Tessa Kienow, Lisa Sykes, Shelley Lotz; Photo Credit: Robert Parish

“It is an incredible honor to be recognized by an organization I’ve grown so passionate about over the last 8 years,” said Lisa Sykes, Regulatory Affairs and Sustainability Manager for Universal Companies and Co-Chair of the GSN Personal Care Committee. “If your passions are spreading the mission of wellness and preserving the environment, volunteering for Green Spa Network will be one of the most exhilarating, rewarding opportunities you’ll ever experience.”

2015 Winners:


In Photo: Lisa Jacobs, Jim Chenevey, Ilana Moses; Photo Credit: Robert Parish


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.



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 wellbeing, 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

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