Who is behind the system set out here?
This site was created by John and Silvia Pelham, who live in
John is 65 and is a teacher and a translator; Silvia is a few years
younger and is an architect with a PhD that involves environmental retrofitting of existing buildings. They have lived in Portugal for over 30 years and
have become increasingly aware of the importance of environmental issues.
idea started in 2010, when they were on a safari with their daughter and her
family in Sri Lanka. The accommodation was in huts on stilts (to keep the wild
animals at bay) and in the bathroom there was a tablet with advice on how to
save water. In the bedroom, however, the air conditioning had to be on full
blast because the room was not properly insulated.
John happened to say: “This
may well be a 5-star hotel but if there was a rating on ecological grounds, it
would not get more than one or two.”
“No rating system?” said
Silvia, “we could do that.”
So they checked on Google and there was no system of
the kind they were thinking of.
And so it all began.