GSN Announces Winners of 2019 Sustainability Awards

GSN Planet (GSN) announces the winners and runners-up of the 2019 Sustainability Awards. The 2019 Transformation in Sustainability Award was given to companies and individuals that/who utilize sustainable practices that are healthy for people and planet, save or preserve natural resources, utilize sustainable materials, and/or implement innovative and groundbreaking techniques, services, or programming.

The Awards dinner and ceremony took place during GSN’s 2020 Congress at the  Ojai Valley Inn & Spa on Tuesday, January 28, 2020. The Sustainability Awards recognize the innovations and outstanding accomplishments related to transformation in the field of sustainability within the wellness industry. An independent judging panel, made up of experts in the sustainability, spa, and wellness industries, evaluated and awarded companies and individuals that/who are leading the way in social and environmental responsibility. 

“We are very proud and encouraged to see the sustainable initiatives coming from the brands and companies in the spa and wellness industry. The companies and individuals nominated for our Sustainability Awards are all leading by example in the innovations and practices they are implementing in their businesses and their company cultures. These are the change makers in how we interact and shape the future of our world, moving the conversations from sustainable to regenerative, and shifting the focus from short-term gain to long-term benefits.” – GSN Board President, Bonnie Baker

A total of three awards were given for the most innovative idea, program, or action in sustainability in three categories; Spa, Brand, and Individual. GSN Board President, Bonnie Baker announced the winners and runners-up.

GSN Transformation in Sustainability Award

2019 Winners and Runners-up


Winner: Sloco Massage + Wellness 

Runner Up: Inn by the Sea 


Winner: Noel Asmar Uniforms

Runner Up: Blue Beautifly  


Winner: Davide Bollati, Founder + Chairman of 

[ comfort zone ] Davines S.p.A

Runner Up: Dr. Dieter Lenoir, Founder of Sanandi


Award winners received a commemorative piece of art created by Erik Linton of LintonArt Designs, Linton creates tree ring prints made from real trees and printed by hand. The awards art included a tree print from Alaska, Yellowstone National Park, and Grand Tetons National Park. 

Judges for the Sustainability Awards included GSN Foundation Board Members:

  • Tara Grodjesk, President and Owner of TARA Spa Therapy + GSN Co-founder
  • Jim Cheveney, CEO of Living Earth Crafts + GSN Emeritus Board Member
  • Rianna Riego, Founder of Rianna Riego, LLC
  • Mary Tabacchi, PhD, Professor at Cornell University + Global Wellness Summit Board Member
  • Neal Herman, President and Chief Operations Officer of Las Catalinas 
  • Bonnie Baker, Co-founder of Satteva Spa and Wellness Concepts + GSN Board President
  • Jessica Gilden, GSN Business Manager 

To learn more about the awards visit,

About GSN Congress:
GSN Congress is the event that changed the definition and expectation of a spa conference. For over 10 years, Congress has been bringing spa, wellness, and sustainability professionals together from across the industry and around the world to talk about work, business and the future, while creating a positive vision for themselves, both professionally and personally. Each event has pursued innovation within the spa and wellness industry, covering leadership, sustainability, wellness, collaboration, and experience.

About GSN:
GSN is a 501(c)6 nonprofit trade association serving the spa industry in support of action for a sustainable future. 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 a membership of the nation’s most innovative green spas, GSN is a resource for vital people building a vital planet.

Media Contact:
Joanna Roche
Executive Director


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