Elizabeth Heider, Chief Sustainability Officer; Skanska USA Inc.
Elizabeth Heider is the Chief Sustainability Officer for Skanska USA supporting the development, design and construction of high performance green/LEED projects throughout their lifecycle. Her 35-year career encompasses all phases of design and construction from master planning through project closeout as architect, construction manager, cost manager and VE facilitator. She has presented papers on cost, value, eco-efficient building, and program management at some 100 international conferences.
Ms. Heider founded Skanska USA's Green Council which marshals all of Skanska's sustainable preconstruction and construction capabilities nationwide, encourages and supports training and technical competency, coordinating sustainable expertise and information. In addition to leading Skanska USA's eco-efficient building initiatives, Ms. Heider remains involved at the project level, participating in projects ranging from the Energy Optimization Curriculum for the United Nations School and value management work on the United Nations Renovation, both in New York City and pre-construction support of Skanska's largest Living Building, the Oregon Sustainability Center.
Heider was one of ten women named a "pioneer in green building" by the Green Economy Post and one of “the most powerful women in sustainability” by Green Building & Design magazine. Heider is also a Fellow at the American Institute of Architects and from 1999 to 2004 she was an Adjunct Professor at The Catholic University of America. She is an alumna of The University of Virginia and its Graduate Program in Venice, Italy