Gina Dudley, General Manager of the Hilton Pensacola Beach Gulf Front Hotel, is force to be reckoned with. With decades of hospitality management experience under her belt, she almost always accomplishes whatever she sets out to do.
When she joined the Hilton management team in the late nineties, shortly after moving to Pensacola from Hawaii, she made it her personal mission to manage an environmentally sustainable hotel.
Her progress was slowed by two hurricanes and a major renovation but Gina wasn’t deterred. In order to reach their goal she and her crew implemented a series of sustainable practices in the areas of waste reduction, reuse, and recycling, water conservation, energy efficiency and indoor air quality.
Hilton Pensacola Beach management participates in a program sponsored by Hilton Worldwide Hotels & Resorts called LightStay. This is the brand’s proprietary sustainability measurement system. Since its implementation Hilton Worldwide has reduced their carbon output by 10.9 percent; waste output by 23.3 percent; energy use by 9.7 percent; and water use by 7.5 percent. The brand is now on track to reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions by 20 percent across their portfolio. The Hilton Pensacola Beach is proud to be a part of this effort.
Team members at Hilton Pensacola Beach have also planted a small garden near the pool deck stocked with vegetables and herbs to be used in their busy kitchens. Kitchen scraps are collected and composted for use as fertilizer in this garden and plans are in the works to expand this horticultural initiatives on the hotel’s roof.
The Hilton Pensacola Beach has also joined the Global Soap Project which recovers discarded soap from hotels, reprocesses it into new bars & distributes it to vulnerable populations throughout the world. Further initiatives include using Sea Turtle friendly light bulbs outdoors and LED lights indoors to conserve energy. The hotel recently switched from propane to natural gas
As a result of these efforts the Hilton Pensacola Beach was designated by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection as the first green lodging hotel in Pensacola and Pensacola Beach.