Steve Benjamin

Mayor, Columbia, South Carolina

Steve Benjamin has served as Mayor of Columbia, South Carolina since 2010. In addition, Mayor Benjamin also serves as Vice President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors and as Chairman for Municipal Bonds for America. He teaches a class at the University of South Carolina Honors College titled “Columbia, South Carolina: Building a Great City” and is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi and Sigma Pi Phi fraternities.

In his role, Mayor Benjamin has transformed Columbia’s approach to sustainability and environmental stewardship from investing more than half a billion dollars in water and sewer improvements and ending the Water/Sewer Transfer to leading the charge on clean energy. Today, in the wake of Hurricane Matthew and the 2015 Thousand-Year Flood, he believes this effort is more important than ever. He has committed to making investments in the water/sewer infrastructure as well as to leveraging new green technologies and innovations as demonstrated by a new LEED-certified Utilities and Engineering Building on Columbia's Beltline Boulevard.


Live Event Appearances

Podcast Guest Appearances

Fire and Water: A Year of Climate Conversations

From fires and floods to hurricanes and hot temperatures, 2018 put climate on the front page in ways it hadn’t been before. Yet amidst the disruption, clean energy prices continued to fall, climate-conscious technologies continued to progress, and people living on the front lines of climate change found ways to adapt and thrive. Join us for a look back on some of our most memorable conversations of 2018.

Weathering the Storm in America's Cities

From floods and fires to heavy snow and hurricanes, recent years have brought a raft of extreme weather disasters costing the U.S. hundreds of billions of dollars in damages. How do we fight back? The mayors of three cities on the front lines of climate change – Houston, Miami, and Columbia, South Carolina – discuss what their cities are doing to recover, rebuild and prepare for the next mega-storm. And Seattle Times reporter Jon Talton explains why he thinks fighting climate change should be our biggest priority.