FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 16, 2015
Mayor Kasim Reed Appoints Stephanie Stuckey Benfield as New Sustainability Director
Benfield brings years of environmental advocacy and legislative experience to new role
ATLANTA – Mayor Kasim Reed announced today that Stephanie Stuckey Benfield has been appointed as the new Director of the Office of Sustainability. Benfield, a former state representative from DeKalb County and long-time environmental advocate, will lead the City of Atlanta’s sustainability efforts as former Director Denise Quarles transitions back to a career in the private sector.
“I am excited to have another capable, experienced leader join the Office of Sustainability,” said Mayor Reed. “Stephanie Stuckey Benfield has distinguished herself in her advocacy for sustainability and our environment from her time in the Georgia General Assembly to her leadership at GreenLaw. I look forward to working with Ms. Benfield to keep Atlanta on the path to being one of the top sustainable cities.”
Ms. Benfield has served as the executive director of GreenLaw for the past three years, an Atlanta-based organization providing legal and technical assistance to environmental and community groups statewide. She will be leaving GreenLaw to assume her new role with the City of Atlanta on May 15, 2015. Prior to joining GreenLaw, Benfield served as a State Representative for 14 years, during which time she was a member of the Judiciary and Natural Resources Committees. She also serves on the Boards for the Green Chamber of the South, the Olmsted Linear Parks Alliance and Earthshare of Georgia, and is a member of the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership Class of 2013.
As the new Director of the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, Benfield will continue to manage, implement and further develop Mayor Reed’s sustainability plan, as well as support existing projects related to sustainability for the City of Atlanta.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to work with Mayor Kasim Reed to help realize our shared vision of making Atlanta the Southeast leader in sustainability and one of the top ten sustainable cities in the U.S. I look forward to working across departments within the City of Atlanta, as well as with external partners in the nonprofit, business, community, and academic sectors, to achieve our goals for Atlanta’s residents and environment,” said Stephanie Stuckey Benfield.
The Mayor’s Office of Sustainability was established in 2010. Under Mayor Reed’s leadership, the Office of Sustainability has worked with commercial building owners to lead the nation with the Better Buildings Challenge, an effort to reduce water and energy consumption by 20 percent by 2020. The Office has also worked across City departments and agencies to reduce energy use in municipal facilities. In addition, the Office has engaged more than 300 community stakeholders through the Power2Change campaign.
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