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Women's History Month: Melanie Berkemeyer


Office of Civil Rights
Washington, DC
March 2009


Date: 03/11/2009 Description: Women

Melanie Berkemeyer currently serves in the Bureau of Overseas Building Operations’ core Green Team, co-chairing the Materials Working Group and looking at improving sustainability in new and existing buildings. Ms. Berkemeyer was a key contributor to OBO’s recently issued Green Guide, and has presented sustainability topics for both the Department and industry audiences. In addition to providing sustainability-related guidance to OBO colleagues and conducting formal sustainability reviews on a number of projects, she serves as Post Architect in the Africa and East Asia Pacific regions, with a portfolio of 14 Posts.


Ms. Berkemeyer was one of the founding members of the US Green Building Council’s DC Chapter, and has served nationally on the USGBC Marketing and Education committees. She continues to liaise with the Council and also participates in the Federal Interagency Sustainable Working Group. Last year, she was appointed as OBO’s representative to a Construction Industry Institute research committee on Sustainability in the Industrial Sector, presenting the research findings at CII’s 25th anniversary conference.


Prior to joining OBO in October of 2005, Ms. Berkemeyer provided sustainability expertise at Cannon Design and HNTB Architecture, and gained her first exposure to sustainable design while working at KCF Architects (now the Smith Group).


Ms. Berkemeyer received her Master of Architecture degree at the University of Maryland, following a BA in Economics from Smith College. She is an architect with almost 20 years of experience, a LEED Accredited Professional, and has recently taught Introductory and Advanced Sustainability at Montgomery College.

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