10.10.14_Marti MoreningsSANTA FE, N.M. — Universal Companies founder Marti Morenings was among the top winners at the Green Carpet Spa Sustainability Awards, presented by Green Spa Network, at their Annual Congress in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

A variety of industry experts served as judges and chose one winner from each of the seven categories, which included green building, healthy spa cuisine and visionary. Criteria for winning included achieving the highest level of sustainability compared to their peers, continuous improvement, setting the example for best practice and more.

“I am greatly humbled and honored to be selected as the recipient of the Visionary Leadership Award for Sustainability,” Morenings said. “I feel it is appropriate that I proudly share it with our dedicated team at Universal Companies. Their knowledge, ingenuity and creativity has not only improved our own corporate carbon footprint, but it has allowed us to develop products and ideas that have made a significant environmental impact on thousands of spas throughout the nation…I am so thankful to receive this award, especially from an organization with an agenda to which I feel so deeply connected.”

Green Spa Network Executive Director Paul Schmidt presented the awards with board members Kim Marshall and Gaye Steinke.

“These are the foremost leaders pushing the edge of innovation in our industry,” Schmidt said. “It is our privilege as a non-profit voice for sustainability to recognize the work of these visionaries whose examples can truly help set the standard for the spa and wellness industry around the planet. These awards help acknowledge the investment each has made in the name of sustainability and recognize them for a job well done.”

The Judging Panel included: Rona Berg, editor-in-chief Organic Spa Magazine; Julie Keller Callaghan, editor-in-chief American Spa Magazine; Mary Bemis, editorial director, Insider’s Guide to Spas; Debriana Berlin, former director, Environmental Protection Agency; and Paul Schmidt, executive director, Green Spa Network.

About the GSN Sustainability Awards

Launched by the Green Spa Network in 2012 to underscore the importance of sustainability leaders in transforming an industry, the Green Spa Network Sustainability Awards celebrate groundbreaking activities, comprehensive measures, unique contributions and overall leadership in environmental management, green techniques or sustainability.

About Universal Companies

For 32 years, more than 30,000 spa professionals in 47 countries have trusted Universal Companies to be their single-source supplier, providing thousands of products to help them manage and grow their businesses. Located in beautiful and historic Abingdon, Virginia, the company distributes furniture, fixtures, equipment, implements, supplies and spa apparel to customers from the largest spa to the independent practitioner. Universal Companies also offers professional skin and body products, retail items and merchandising tools, and provides spas with innovative consulting services, educational materials and training options. For more information, call 800-558-5571 or visit www.universalcompanies.com.