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Fredericksburg's New 'Green Associate" A Mason Native
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 • Posted January 13, 2010

John Watson is Fredericksburg’s new "green associate." Director of the eco-consulting firm, Green Living for the Hill Country, Watson is now accredited by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) arm of the U.S. Green Building Council. This certification confirms that John possesses the knowledge and skill to understand and support green design, construction and operations.

Watson opened Green Living for the Hill Country inside The Peach Basket in Summer of 2009 after moving to Fredericksburg to be closer to his in-laws, Frank and Sarah Campbell. As an eco-consultant, Watson evaluates and educates people and businesses on their current and potential ability to practice healthy, sustainable, green living and working practices. More than a job, Watson sees this as a natural expression of his love for God and his neighbors — devoting himself to providing green living services so that future generations can enjoy God’s awesome creation.

"John Watson brings a very refreshing approach to the environmentally conservative arena," said Rick Schafer of Rick Schafer Homes. "So many times the environmentally friendly tag is associated with extremist viewpoints and a rather pushy attitude, but not with John Watson — he presents a ‘let’s do this together’ position."

In addition to eco-consulting, Green Living for the Hill Country provides educational and community outreach. Watson has spoken to various youth and adult groups around the community, hosts monthly eco-mixers at Kelly’s Cafe to discuss sustainable living, was a major promoter for the 2009 Renewable Energy Roundup and Green Living Fair, is the current vice president of Fredericksburg CARES and is a strong advocate of Fredericksburg Farmers Market (eagerly helping farmers set up their booths).

To learn practical tips about green living or for more details about the commercial and residential services offered, log on to: www.greenlivinghillcountry.com or call (830) 998-4133.

LEED is part of the U.S. Green Building Council, whose mission is to "transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated, enabling an environmentally and social responsible, healthy and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life."

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