Skanska USA announced it has promoted Elizabeth Heider to the new position of Chief Sustainability Officer, effective January 1. In this role, she will lead Skanska’s efforts to work in ways that support the triple bottom line of sustainability -- environmental, social and economic health. She will report to Skanska USA President and CEO Mike McNally.
“All of our stakeholders, especially our customers, want to be associated with a company of high values that they can trust. They want to know our work together will support a prosperous future for our communities,” McNally said. “Beth has been a champion for green efforts through the years, and, as a leading advocate for larger sustainability efforts, she is uniquely able to ensure the goals of our sustainability agenda are being met across our business.”
Heider has a 12-year tenure with Skanska, primarily as Senior Vice President for Green markets with Skanska USA Building. She founded Skanska’s National Green Council and has been a key consultant with clients on how they can build facilities that will stand the test of time.
She is heavily involved with the United States Green Building Council, serving as the chair of the organization’s board of directors in 2012. An advocate for leading-edge green building practices, Heider has been a part of major research studies, such as the Living Building Financial Study and the Preservation Green Lab’s study that showed the benefits of green retrofits of existing buildings.
Heider will continue to be based in Skanska’s Alexandria, Va. office.