Skanska USA elevates focus on sustainability, promotes Myrrh Caplan to VP

Press release 10/13/2022 7:00 AM EST
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NEW YORK – Skanska USA, a leading global construction and development firm, has promoted Myrrh Caplan to Vice President, Sustainability for its building operations, focusing the company’s capability in this space and underscoring its commitment to creating a more sustainable future for the built environment. In this role, Caplan will lead Skanska’s national sustainable building team, providing consulting and support in areas such as LEED® or WELL certification, resilience, Mass Timber/ CLT, Living Building Challenge, Healthy Building, sustainable data integration, and carbon analysis, tracking and reporting.

A pioneer and recognized leader in sustainability, Skanska has been performing much of this environmental work for nearly two decades, and this team has grown significantly in recent years to address increasing demand for sustainability and green building expertise. This team will play an important role in helping Skanska meet its target of climate neutrality across its entire supply chain by 2045, and build healthier, more climate-resilient communities. The team is currently using the EC3 (Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator) tool, co-created by Skanska, to provide initial embodied carbon studies for all projects over 50,000 square feet.

Caplan was recently named a 2022 LEED Fellow by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), one of just 20 professionals “from around the world… recognized for their mastery of LEED … and exceptional work in advancing green building practices.” To date, Caplan has led or worked on 208 projects seeking LEED certification or LEED-certified. Caplan also holds accreditations from the Center for Advanced Design and the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure.

“Myrrh has been a driving force behind our sustainability efforts since first joining Skanska in 2005 as a Project Manager,” said Steve Stouthamer, Executive Vice President, Project Planning, Skanska USA Building. “In every role, she has pushed us to be better, to do more. The combination of her expertise and leadership will take us to the next level, elevating our capacity to deliver carbon neutrality, build responsibly and be good neighbors in our communities.”

Prior to this role, Caplan served as Senior Director, Sustainability. Previously she held a series of increasingly senior roles at Skanska, all in the sustainability and engineering space. Along the way, Caplan helped shape the company’s national approach to Sustainable Building. She conceived and launched the company’s first national Green Construction program and chaired Skanska’s first National Green Building Council.

Caplan received an MBA from the Raymond A. Mason School of Business at the College of William and Mary, and a BA in Environmental Policy/Land Use Planning from Huxley College.