In gratitude for the wonderful gift of warm water and for all that the Earth gives us, Glen Ivy strives to be as environmentally conscious as possible. To spearhead our green efforts is a volunteer group of employees that are passionate about preserving the Earth known as Sustaining Earth’s Environment Daily, or as we affectionately refer to them: S.E.E.D.
As an outdoor spa facility we rely on the environment daily and with the current drought conditions it is more important than ever to use our resources wisely. Here at Glen Ivy we are fortunate to have a committee enthusiastically devoted to these very things.
This Spring the SEED team will been busy managing recycling across the property, planning workshops for employees and volunteering for clean ups and hikes. They’ve also provided easy-to-follow recipes for Homemade Natural Weed Killer and Homemade Bug Spray using essential oils and items found around your home.
To date, S.E.E.D. has made some great changes and accomplishments at Glen Ivy Hot Springs Spa. Here are a few:
- Implemented a spa-wide recycling program for guests and employees
- Built 8 birdhouses around the spa to provide homes for Western Bluebirds
- Eradicated Tamarisk Trees, which endanger the native plants and trees in Coldwater Canyon. This allows native trees and plants to thrive, thereby keeping the animals and insects that live here safe, happy and healthy too.
- Removed the use of all Styrofoam products throughout the spa
- Created incentive programs for ridesharing and carpooling
- Replaced 8 urinals with waterless urinals
- Installed drinking fountains to reduce plastic cup usage around the spa
- Using all drain water to water the landscaping and then drain into natural aquifer
- Consolidated vendors to reduce carbon emissions from delivery trucks
Another “seed” worth noting is that Glen Ivy is a Founding Seed Spa in the Green Spa Network (www.greenspanetwork.org) committed to promoting sustainable best practices in the spa industry.
Being green is a way of life at Glen Ivy. We believe that the preservation of our Earth today will bring healthy benefits for all generations tomorrow. As we are “Nature’s Day Spa”, Glen Ivy is naturally a large consumer of environmental resources, where being earth-friendly is a top priority to us.
Our Green efforts include:
- Using biodegradable cleaning products
- Separating recyclables
- The elimination of Styrofoam cups
- Reducing the usage of plastic cups and encouraging our guests to reuse their cups
- Using grey water where possible to irrigate our landscaping
- Investigating the feasibility of solar electrical generation
- Switching from conventional incandescent light bulbs to CFL (Compact Fluorescent Light) bulbs
- Using only natural ingredients in our skin and body products
Glen Ivy is a founding member of the Green Spa Network, an organization dedicated to finding ways to bring sustainable operating practices to the spa industry. You are invited to join us in our efforts – please visit the Green Spa Network’s website at www.greenspanetwork.org for more information on being green.
California is famous for its endless sunny warmth, but these last several years of ongoing drought conditions have amplified that. Every year the draught continues, a “next normal” is established, but even so, there are many familiar bench-marks that indeed, announce that spring is upon us.
Even with just the little rain we’ve received, one can watch the surrounding hillsides transform to swatches of soft green, and when Coldwater Creek flows, there is a welcomed energy that recharges the landscape of Glen Ivy. Wild Cucumber vines spread and climb on everything with a burst of small white flowers, and Flowering Jasmine spiral above the Kiosk. Along the back road in the Spiral, daffodils push up from the garden with their yellow trumpet flowers and plump strawberries sweeten in the soft spring sun.
White-Crowned Sparrows, Juncos and Audubon Warblers all spend the winter with us before their northern migration, holding spots for the Orioles, Phainopepla’s (look it up!), Swallows and Grosbeaks who arrive back from the South. The flurry of Hummingbirds across the property kicks into high gear, and the first nest of the season has already been reported.
Any time of day at Glen Ivy holds its own special features and rhythms with a spectrum of sights, sounds and happenings, but my favorite time of day at Glen Ivy is early morning before the sun rises. The mornings hold a calming stillness but also a brewing energy about to burst upon the day. The space between the two is always a time to reflect and appreciate all that’s around us.
With each day just a little bit longer now, the softness of spring leads on to summer and new experiences across our landscape. When you’re walking through Glen Ivy, make sure you take a minute or two and enjoy all the sights and sounds about. Remember, it’s never important what you see, it’s that you see all the wonder around you.
This article was contributed by Jim Root; President and CEO of Glen Ivy Hot Springs.
Spring is here! It is a time when we typically put away winter coats and boots and go for a pair of shorts and flip flops. Although, this winter has been quite different, and it seems as though we have been living in our shorts and flip flops since last spring! It is still nice to look at all of the wonderful things that spring can bring.
Enjoying the Hot Springs on a warm, spring day can be a breathtaking experience. All of your senses are invigorated as you soak into a deep relaxation that you may never have thought possible. To start, the sights of spring are all around you. The views of the Santa Ana Mountain range surround you, while birds fly overhead and the beautiful, vibrant colors from the newly sprouted flowers and plants bring the essence of spring to life. The smells of fresh blooming flowers, sunscreen covered sun bathers, and the striking, yet refreshing scent of the mineral baths fill the air, reminding you that you are in a tranquil paradise. The sounds of birds chirping, water splashing, and people laughing immediately transform you into a happy, enlightened mood that radiates through your soul, just like the warmth of the sun on your skin or the soothing touch of the warm water over you.
Spring at the Hot Springs is a time for renewing and revitalizing yourself. You can enjoy the healing waters, relax in the warm sun, rejuvenate your skin in Club Mud and The Grotto, learn something new with one of our JoyFitness classes, satisfy your taste buds with a savory meal from Café Sole and curb that sweet tooth craving with a delicious cupcake, treat yourself to a service or two, read a book, chat with friends or just simply do nothing and relax for you.