Spa Industry Experts Develop Tool for Greener Spas

The Green Spa Network (GSN), a trade association devoted to greening the spa industry, held its first Green Spa Congress, a three-day meeting in Atlanta. At the meeting, the GSN Sustainability Assessment Tool (GSN SAT), was developed to assist GSN member spas in their journey to becoming greener.

Industry experts in spa marketing, architecture, design, equipment, human resources, skincare products, and operations worked together to generate the tool. Although the tool will not serve as a certification, it will create a series of benchmarks and goals in which individual businesses can create their own path to becoming a greener spa.

'I know of no other forum in which a group of spa professionals representing every aspect of the industry have gathered to go beyond talking about sustainability to actually building the tools that we need to get there,' says Michael Stusser, founder of Osmosis Day Spa (Freestone, CA) and GSN board president. 'Now we have a way for members to measure themselves and to feed their experiences back into the assessment process.' Membership opportunities are available at