Leticia Allen, president of Atlanta School of Massage, Traci Daly, Atlanta Institute of Aesthetics Program Director and I recently attended the third annual Green Spa Network Fall Congress at The Westin Riverfront Resort in Avon Colorado. GSN promotes the natural connection between personal well-being, economic sustainability and the health of our planet by helping businesses integrate sustainable best practices into their operations, and by facilitating education, research, and alliances in sustainable management.
Atlanta School of Massage is the first and only massage school represented within the network. As a leader in massage therapy education and esthetician training ASM has an important role in guiding future spa professionals.While at the Congress, Atlanta School of Massage joined the “Guiding Star” sponsorship program which supports the development, enhancement and refinement of the Green Spa Toolkit and SAT (Sustainability Assessment Tool).
GSN members, pioneers of the new health-care and vitality centers, are leading the way through conscious business practices, educating and nurturing clients and community.“We have a unique opportunity to rise to the greatest challenge in the history of humanity, to deliver to all future generations of life a vital and abundant planet with fully developed truly sustainable technology for all. Nothing could be more important” (from a United Nations Study on Happiness).
ASM has been taking steps towards implementing sustainable business practices starting with the utilization of the SAT and GSN tool kits. In addition to recycling, energy and water conservation, Atlanta School of Massage has enhanced sustainability by purchasing non- toxic paint, carpet made of recycled materials and furnishings made from sustainable resources.