Rob Watson is one of the pioneers of the modern Green Building Movement. An international leader in market transformation and green buildings, Watson is known as the “Founding Father of LEED” and was its Founding Chairman through 2006. Under Rob’s direction, LEED became the largest and fastest-growing international standard by which green buildings are measured. Author Thomas Friedman calls Rob "one of the best environmental minds in America."
Watson is at the forefront of technical innovation in green buildings and energy efficiency, serving as Chairman and President for PrimaFilm LLC, which has created the only thermally insulating window film that will reduce energy losses through windows by over 50%. Watson is also the Chief Strategy Officer of EcoHub Inc. where he is implementing a zero waste strategy for municipal solid waste. In 2007, he launched ECON Group and EcoTech International to provide green building services and technologies that optimize lifecycle profitability, and implement cutting edge LEED projects, in the US and overseas. A Senior Scientist with the NRDC for 21 years, Rob directed the International Energy and Green Building programs and worked extensively on five continents improving the environmental performance of buildings, utilities and transportation.
Among numerous international awards for his work, he is the 2013 recipient of the International Conservation Award from the Botanical Research Institute of Texas. In 2011, he was a semi-finalist in the international Zayed Energy Future Award for Lifetime Achievement and was profiled on CNN International. Watson is the only foreigner honored for Green Building Innovation by the Chinese Ministry of Construction and received the first lifetime achievement award from the U.S. Green Building Council in 2002. His work on green buildings and related technology has been featured in numerous publications. Mr. Watson is a graduate of Dartmouth College and has an MBA from Columbia University and a MSc from UC Berkeley.