Recognizing Innovation and Leadership in Sustainability
An independent judging panel, made up of experts in the sustainability, spa and wellness industries, evaluates and awards companies and individuals that/who are leading the way in social and environmental responsibility.
GSN aims to discover, recognize, and celebrate significant accomplishments in regeneration and sustainability within the wellness industry.
The 2020 GSN Sustainability Awards
GSN is proud to host its 7th Sustainability Awards!
The 2020 Sustainability Awards ceremony will take place on January 28, 2020 during GSN’s 11th Congress at the award-winning Ojai Valley Inn & Spa.
Awards will be offered to GSN Green Leaders, Vital People, Corporate, and Industry Partner Members. Judges include the upcoming GSN Foundation board members (Tara Grodjek, Jim Cheveney, Rianna Riego, Mary Tabacchi, Neal Herman, Bonnie Baker, Jessica Gilden.)
A total of three awards will be given for the most innovative idea, program, or actions in sustainability in three categories: Spa, Brand, and Individual. Sustainability Award participants may enter between the dates of October 15 – December 1, 2019. An entry fee of $25 will be required.
2020 Most Innovative Sustainability Initiative Award
These three awards recognizes a property, brand, and individual 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.
Award to be given in three categories: Spa, Brand, and Individual
Spa Award | This category recognizes a spa or property that is highly sustainable in their purpose, sourcing, facility management, community impact, or operational practices.
Brand Award | This category recognizes a product company, equipment supplier, or distributor that is highly sustainable in their purpose, materials and ingredient sourcing, packaging, community impact, and/or operational practices.
Individual Award | This category recognizes an individual in the wellness industry who is highly sustainable in their purpose, initiatives, educational awareness, and community impact.
All entries received 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 (www.greenlodgingnews.com), 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.
- 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.