Reed appoints new sustainability director

Mayor Kasim Reed appointed Stephanie Stuckey Benfield last week as the new director of the Office of Sustainability. Benfield will start her new position on May 15. She had been a Georgia State representative for 14 years before working for Greenlaw, an Atlanta-based organization that gives legal and technical assistance to environmental and community groups.

“Ms. Benfield has distinguished herself in her advocacy for sustainability and our environment,” Reed said.

The Office of Sustainabilty was established in 2010. The office works with commercial building owners 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 facilitites. As the new director, Benfield will manage, implement and further develop the sustainability plan for the city.