GULF BREEZE, FLA.—Innisfree Hotels recently announced that environmental expert Bethanne Edwards has joined the company in a new role as Director of Sustainability.
The position is part of Innisfree Hotels’ focused commitment to sustainability in 2023 and beyond. The company’s “triple bottom line” approach to business—considering People, Planet, and Prosperity with each decision and striving to strike a balance between all three—makes sustainability a key factor in supporting the communities that Innisfree serves.
Edwards says her initial attention will go toward reducing the company’s carbon footprint—including efficient energy and water use and minimizing waste—as well as engaging employees, guests, and local communities through environmental awareness initiatives. Innisfree Hotel’s portfolio of beach and seaside properties is part of what attracted Edwards to the company.
‘Deep Connection to Nature’
“I feel a deep connection to nature and feel most at home when I’m at the beach,” she says. “In this role, I hope to help protect our beaches and leave a positive impact on the planet so that current and future generations can continue to experience the beauty it has to offer.”
Added Ted Ent, President and CEO of Innisfree Hotels: “We’re delighted that someone as deeply invested and genuinely passionate about the environment as Bethanne would join us in this incredibly important role. We very much look forward to seeing the impact she will have on our properties and their local communities.”
Edwards earned a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from Texas Christian University. She worked in environmental roles for major companies before starting an independent environmental consulting business of her own in 2016. Based in Pensacola, she volunteers with local community group 850eco, the Pensacola and Perdido Bay Estuary Program, and Earth Day Pensacola.
To learn more about Innisfree Hotels and its triple bottom line, visit innisfreehotels.com.