Sustainability Initiative

Sustainability INITIATIVE

The purpose of the Sustainability Initiative is to stimulate a provocative discussion about how wellness intersects on a personal level and on wider social, economic and environmental scale. Our aim is to deepen the understanding of how individual wellbeing can be a source of wellness and is intimately linked to the health in a society and the environment. It is impossible for an individual to be concerned about personal wellness without (eventually) taking into consideration social and planetary wellness.  Keep reading

2017 Briefing Paper
The briefing paper is a snapshot of this industry sector including valuable information on latest trends, challenges and initiative accomplishments. Read full paper HERE


Bonnie Baker


Debra Duneier


Bonnie Baker, Managing Partner & Co-founder, Satteva Spa and Wellness Concepts, Mexico
With over 25 years in the spa industry, Baker is co-founder and managing partner at Satteva Spa and Wellness Concepts. She has a lifelong passion for wellbeing, and has worked with award-winning spa companies around the world such as the Four Seasons and Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group. Baker is a board member of the Green Spa Network and co-chairwoman of the Global Wellness Institute’s Sustainability Initiative.


Vice Chair

Debra Duneier, Founder & President, EcoChi LLC, United States
Debra is a Feng Shui Master Practitioner, accredited LEED Professional, Certified Eco-Designer and award winning author of EcoChi: Designing the Human Experience. She founded EcoChi LLC, a sustainable interior design company in 2011. Her design work uniquely combines ancient wisdom and modern science to create the desired experiences of interior spaces. Debra has received global recognition for creating the EcoChi® 180° Seal Certification for sustainable and people friendly environments.  Debra’s wellness design and certification are based on a model that demonstrates a commitment to people, the planet, profits and the human experience.

Initiative Members


Martin Goebel


Victor Morrison


Anne Bramham


Tara Grodsejk


Chase Polan


Kevin Kelly


Bill Reed


More about the Initiative

We will examine the underlying relationships on a philosophical and practical level, and how these issues translate to consumer and investor value, long-term development, and a fundamental shift in paradigm for economy, wealth and vitality. We are interested in exploring the concept, in order to understand nature, one must also understand the nature of the human being. Our point of departure is collaborative, seeking to identify some of the mutual agreements that have been made to create an existing reality, and then exploring the individual’s capacity to co-create a new future reality based on certain core values and understandings.

The sustainability conversation has moved from “if” to “how and when.” Although “sustainability” often has a controversial context, it is becoming increasingly important in global affairs and economic agendas, as well as seen as a key performance indicator for personal and social health.  At a time when planetary health has never been more vulnerable, we have a personal responsibility to not just sustain, but actually to improve on the quality of and interaction with the environment instead of leaving it as we found (or inherited) it. The means are available, and the decisions are being made to move towards a more “well” future.