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Nusta Spa in Washington, D.C. was the First Gold Certified Green Day Spa in the United States

Nusta Spa in Washington, D.C., was our nation’s first day spa to achieve gold certification back in 2004. They were quickly accepted into the (LEED) Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design pilot program. This voluntary rating system is consensus-based, and was created by the U.S. Green Building Council to define and measure the official standards for the environmentally responsible building of commercial interiors, and gold certification is the best.

Some of the eco features are:

  • All printed materials use eco-friendly paper and ink.
  • Spa feautres a wall that is made from salvaged wood of a former barn.
  • Nusta has carpeting with more than 50% recycled content.
  • Energy efficient HVAC system and lighting installed.
  • They carry eco-friendly product lines.
  • Their maple flooring came from a sustainable forest.
  • The locker room doors made from bamboo, which has a short harvest cycle.

Their philosophy is beautiful:

“Marrying sophisticated design with the highest standards of sustainability — Nusta Spa demonstrates that being ‘green” does not mean doing without. In creating Nusta Spa, we used non-toxic, rapidly renewable and recycled materials manufactured in an environmentally friendly way. The result is high-performance green design and a healthier environment for Nusta’s guests and employees. Nusta Spa’s commitment to environmental sustainability does not stop with the design of the space; impact on the environment has been an important factor in every decision we’ve made.”

After learning of this spa years ago while working on an eco consulting project, I have booked treatments for family members in D.C. who gave rave reviews!!

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Written by Lucille Chi

Lucy Chi loves good green design, ethical fashion, environmental art and education, renewables, holistic healing and more. She has been dedicating her energies toward finding and drawing attention to all the ways in which products, companies, and industries are moving toward creating a more sustainable world on the global scale, as well as the way individuals are moving toward living sustainably, and healing at the personal level.

Sustainability studies: &
B.S. Cornell University, College of Human Ecology, Dept. of Textiles and Fiber Science.

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