6c. Ensure that decision making addresses the cumulative, long-term, indirect, long distance, and global consequences of human activities.

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The Earth Charter workshop was an opportunity to connect with the environmental aims of the hotel. It gave our multi-national staff a good framework for thinking about their work in the wider context.

Elizabeth Raine, Deputy General Manager, The Green House

Conversations opened up about what was important to people, revealing common ground and shared values. The solar panels, CHP, energy efficiency, recycled materials and local sourcing really do make a difference. It was also hugely helpful for me in getting to know staff and how everybody - front of house, in the restaurant, kitchen and laundry - plays a part in putting our environmental vision into practice.

Olivia O'Sullivan, General Manager, The Green House

Everybody plays a part in putting our environmental vision into practice

The Green House demonstrates an integrated approach to sustainability and commercial success. Investment in the best environmental choices, with many unique and bespoke solutions, has created a living 'how to' guide in a refurbished Grade II Listed building which is just a few minutes' walk from the sea in Bournemouth.

With five core operating principles and a reputation for quality, guests are also increasingly being attracted by the "over 100 things" about the hotel that have been designed to "spoil you without spoiling anything else". The hotel is taking an active role in local initiatives such as Green Goals and has also proved to be a popular venue for local and regional Earth Charter events.

6. Prevent harm as the best method of environmental protection and, when knowledge is limited, apply a precautionary approach.