Spa News: Green Spa Network Advocates For Spas and Sustainability On Capitol Hill

The Green Spa Network (GSN) recently announced that it is now extending its impact with Regional Spa Associations in order to allow more spas to access their sustainability resources. GSN provides information, tools, and resources to support the greening of the spa industry.

As part of its 2015 strategy to cause positive change in sustainability through spas, the Green Spa Network is making its resources available to regional association members, like the Florida Spa Association, at no charge to the spa.

Visiting Capitol Hill, Green Spa Network Executive Director, Paul Schmidt discussed issues relating to spas and sustainability with representatives from the US Congress and Senate. Teaming up with separate efforts spearheaded by Deborah Szekely of Wellness Warriors Inc. and the ASAE (American Society of Association Executives), advocacy efforts focused on legislation relating to tax reform, the importance of public / private sector relations through meetings and conventions, and the emerging strength of the spa industry voice. “It was an honor to participate as over 250 separate meetings occurred through this effort” said GSN Executive Director Paul Schmidt, “I’m encouraged to see our elected officials taking the time to listen and engage with constituents on issues that affect our associations’ ability to be effective and promote health and vitality through spas.”

In addition, the Green Spa Network has just announced the 2015 call for nominations for its Annual Sustainability Awards. Since 2012, having honored over 30 innovative individuals and companies, GSN’s annual awards have established an important platform for recognizing leadership and accomplishment in spa sustainability. Any individual, company or product related to the spa, health and wellness industry is considered eligible. Nominations can be submitted before Friday, June 5th 2015 by visiting

“The open membership that GSN has introduced to Regional Associations provides more opportunities for collaboration among organizations to raise the social consciousness of wellness and our environmental footprint” says Ilana Moses, CEO and Founder of the Florida Spa Association. “Our goal at the FSA is to strengthen our message about well-being by creating a greener and healthier lifestyle in our community. This will be elevated by the support of a national organization such as Green Spa Network”.

The Green Spa Network Annual Awards support outstanding efforts that positively impact sustainable business in the spa industry and contribute to a vital future for people and the planet.

Categories open for nominations this year:

  • Culinary Excellence
  • Green Product Company of the Year
  • Innovative Green Product of the Year
  • Green Building Award
  • Sustainable Spa of the Year
  • Corporate Brand Dedicated to Sustainability

The GSN Annual Congress Reception, Awards Banquet and Ceremony will be held on September 29, 2015 in conjunction with the GSN 8th Annual Congress at Tenaya Lodge, Yosemite.