Skanska names Heider chief sustainability officer

Elizabeth Heider will become Skanska's chief sustainability officer on Jan. 1.

Skanska USA has named a green building champion as its first chief sustainability officer.

Elizabeth Heider will lead Skanska's efforts as it works toward achieving better environmental, social and economic health, the company said Monday. Heider, formerly the company's senior vice president for green markets, assumes her new role Jan. 1.

The position is rare at a construction industry company the size of Skanska, which counted nearly $6 billion in 2012 revenue.

Heider will report to Skanska USA President and CEO Mike McNally. She's spent 12 years with the company and is heavily involved with the United States Green Building Council. Skanska left the U.S. Chamber of Commerce last summer in a dispute over the Chamber's lack of support for the Council's LEED certification program.

Heider has also worked on the Living Building Financial Study and the Preservation Green Lab’s study that showed the benefits of green retrofits of existing buildings.

She'll work out of the company's Washington, D.C.-area office.

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