The winner of the HGTV Green Home Giveaway 2012 in Serenbe, a sustainable community in the Chattahoochee Hills of Georgia, is Mary Jones of Katy, Texas. There were more than 35 million entries for the contest.
Jones and her husband, Tom, had just finished dinner and were eating cookies, trying to decide what to do for the rest of the night, when they saw tons of lights at their front window. When they opened their front door, HGTV's Monica Pedersen announced that Jones was the winner of the grand prize package, which includes the fully furnished 2,300-square-foot green home in Serenbe, $100,000 cash and a 2012 GMC Terrain vehicle.
A former substitute teacher, Jones said she tries to live a green lifestyle and make eco-friendly choices when she can. She and her husband were considering retirement in Colorado, but now that she has won the HGTV Green Home they may be looking forward to a new adventure in Georgia.
"I can't even think right now," Jones said." "Everybody should enter because you never know — this is a great gift and a great adventure." She said that she has already imagined herself walking around the home and is looking forward to spending time in its organic gardens.
Viewers will be able to see full coverage of Jones receiving the keys to her new home in the 30-minute special, HGTV Green Home Giveaway 2012, on Friday, August 17, at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
"The HGTV Green Home Giveaway has inspired our viewers to embrace eco-friendly living and design," said Denise Conroy-Galley, senior vice president of marketing and creative services, HGTV. "Mary was randomly selected from more than 35 million entries — the highest total number of entries for a HGTV Green Home to date."
This year's modern prairie-style HGTV Green Home was inspired by Southeastern culture and regional architecture, and is located 30 minutes south of Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. The home features an open floor plan with three bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms, and is decorated with sustainable products including solar panels, concrete countertops and recyclable rugs. It has received a Platinum LEED certification — the highest rating a home can earn within the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program, as well as an Energy Star certification, which acknowledges its energy efficiency.