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UCI Division of Continuing Education Offers New Online Course in Fundamentals of Green Spas, Hotels and Resorts

IRVINE, Calif. – September 27, 2010 – - The University of California, Irvine Extension today announced the availability of a new online course titled, “Fundamentals of Green Spas, Hotels and Resorts” starting on Nov. 1. Taught by spa industry expert 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, the six-week intensive course will provide a comprehensive guide to incorporating sustainability in a spa environment.

“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.”

Participants taking the course will gain insights on operational and management practices that serve as fundamentals for green spas. Other topics that will be covered include: 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.

“With the growing importance of implementing sustainable business practices into the spa industry, our spa courses are developed by industry-leading experts deeply embracing this practice,” said Angela Jeantet, director of UC Irvine Extension’s spa programs. “Participants will gain valuable knowledge and hands-on skills that come straight from the industry’s highly-experienced experts.”

For more information or to register online, please visit “Fundamentals of Green Spas, Hotels and Resorts” online or call 949-824-5414.

About UCI Division of Continuing Education

The University of California, Irvine Division of Continuing Education (DCE) provides lifelong learning opportunities to thousands of students worldwide each year – fulfilling the school’s 60-year curriculum platform to connect degree programs to the world of work and achievement after graduation. The Division offers a broad range of certificate programs, specialized studies, and sequential courses to local, regional and global markets through online, on-campus and on-site delivery. A leader in the open education movement, the Division offers free Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) and content through the UCI Open initiative. For more information about UCI Division of Continuing Education, visit

About the University of California, Irvine

Founded in 1965, UCI is the youngest member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. The campus has produced three Nobel laureates and is known for its academic achievement, premier research, innovation, and anteater mascot. Led by Chancellor Howard Gillman, UCI has more than 36,000 students and offers 222 degree programs. It’s located in one of the world’s safest and most economically vibrant communities and is Orange County’s second-largest employer, contributing $5 billion annually to the local economy. For more on UCI, visit