Archive for September 29th, 2010

UC Irvine Extension Offers Spa Sustainability Course

The University of California, Irvine Extension announced a new online course titled “Fundamentals of Green Spas, Hotels and Resorts,” which provides a comprehensive guide to incorporating sustainability in a spa environment. Starting on Nov. 1, the six-week intensive course is taught by Janice Gronvold, a UC Irvine Extension Spa and Hospitality Management advisory board member and founder of Spectrec, provider of business and marketing development services for the spa, hospitality and healthy lifestyle industries. Participants taking the course will gain insight on operational and management practices that serve as fundamentals for green spas, international greening trends in the spa industry, green business terminology, green building programs in the spa and hospitality industries, and green procurement. At the end of the course, students will understand the criteria and benefits for selecting building materials, furnishings, equipment products, waste management systems, and all aspects of operations and ongoing maintenance. “As the spa industry is constantly evolving, this course is perfect for spa, hotel and resort professionals tasked with implementing environmentally sensitive business practices,” says Gronvold. “Having the right knowledge and tools to develop green business models that improve the bottom line sets a company apart as a top-notch, forward thinking business.”

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