USGBC Announces New Director in Georgia
Beth Cope will lead the state’s green building efforts toward a more sustainable future
Washington, D.C.—(Feb. 3, 2016)—Today, USGBC announced the appointment of Beth Cope as the new director of USGBC Georgia. In this role, Cope will work to advance USGBC’s mission to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated through localized engagement and outreach throughout the state.
“Beth is a game-changer who will take the USGBC mission and localize it with her in-depth knowledge of the state coupled with years of communications and nonprofit experience in Georgia,” said Kimberly Lewis, senior vice president of community advancement, USGBC. “Georgia has become a national and international leader for green buildings, and Beth is poised to propel this fast-growing industry and create meaningful dialogue to advance sustainability throughout the South.”
Cope is an accomplished nonprofit, communications and campaign professional, with more than 18 years of experience. Most recently, she served as an independent communications consultant as well as the communications and stakeholder engagement director of the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA). Cope holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Georgia State University.
“Georgia has a history of market-driven leadership in the green building industry, and I look forward to leveraging what we have learned in this market and creating a local vision for green buildings,” said Cope. “I am honored to have the opportunity to grow our already impressive volunteer network and serve the incredible mission of healthier, more efficient buildings and communities across Georgia.”
Cope will serve a vital role as a Southern leader advocating for better buildings, including the expansion of LEED, the world’s most widely used green building rating system. Georgia currently has nearly 700 LEED-certified commercial projects, equivalent to more than 110 million square feet, and the state ranked eighth in 2014 for USGBC’s Top 10 States for LEED. In addition, between 2015 and 2018, green building in the state of Georgia is expected to support nearly 400,000 green construction jobs and more than $22 billion in labor earnings, according to USGBC’s 2015 Green Building Economic Impact Study.
USGBC’s integrated community gives regional and state green building leaders and volunteers the opportunity to focus on driving local growth with the support of its global green building network. By building local leaders, USGBC communities are transforming the way we think about how buildings and communities are designed, constructed, maintained and operated to achieve a sustainable built environment for generations to come.