For nearly 30 years, Dr. Kopelman has been one of the strongest voices propelling FIT towards embracing the issues of sustainability, and was pivotal in the establishment of the annual SUNY-wide Sustainable Business and Design Conference. Dr. Kopelman is a member of FIT's Sustainability Council and is the chair of the Ad-Hoc Sustainability Committee of the FIT Faculty Senate.
In May 2010, Dr. Kopelman was appointed to Distinguished Service Professorship rank by the State University of New York Board of Trustees. Distinguished Professorship is the highest honor conferred upon instructional faculty in the State University of New York (SUNY) system. Dr. Kopelman is the first faculty member at FIT to be named to SUNY Distinguished Faculty ranks.