Who created this system
Who is behind the system set out here?

This site was created by John and Silvia Pelham, who live in Lisbon.

John is 67 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.

The 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.