Hilton Sandestin Beach Hotel's Green Initiatives
Florida Green Lodging Certification:
The beautiful white-sand and emerald-green water beaches surrounding our Destin Florida hotel are “Clean Beach Council Blue Wave certified," and it's no surprise the beaches and diverse eco-system surrounding the Hilton Sandestin have made it a year-after-year favorite for vacationers and nature lovers. In 2009, we set out to explore a new wave of green by incorporating environmentally friendly initiatives throughout our entire property, earning the Florida Green Lodging Certification, designated by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to recognize lodging facilities that make a commitment to conserve and protect Florida's natural resources. The program's environmental guidelines allow the hospitality industry to evaluate its operations, set goals and take specific actions to continuously improve environmental performance.
Our Continued Greening Efforts:
We're actively taking the steps necessary to make the Hilton Sandestin a greener resort-hotel, including using environmentally friendly cleaning products, using paper cups instead of Styrofoam, using only recycled paper in hotel offices and in the Business Center, and implementing a massive recycling program for aluminum and cardboard. We're particularly proud of a program in which local farmers are invited to collect composting materials such as peelings, rinds and coffee grounds from our extensive kitchens.
Additionally, our staff is working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to install "turtle friendly" outdoor lighting, an expensive undertaking but necessary for the future of endangered sea turtles. Lights visible from the beach during the summer nesting season can discourage female turtles from their nesting attempts and can lure hatchlings away from the ocean. Our Green Committee is also testing new LED lighting technology within the hotel in an effort to replace energy-burning fluorescent and incandescent lighting.