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Women's History Month: Donna McIntire


Office of Civil Rights
Washington, DC
March 2009


Date: 03/11/2009 Description: Women
Donna McIntire is a registered architect and LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Accredited Professional with 22 years of experience. She holds a B.S. and Masters of Architecture from the University of Maryland.


Ms. McIntire worked ten years in the private sector in projects with environmental agendas such as the very first LEED Platinum project. After working with William McDonough, Hero of the Planet, she joined the US Green Building Council to administer the LEED Green Building Rating System program in its early stages of development. For the past six years Ms. McIntire has managed the Energy and Sustainable Design Program for the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO). She has earned 13 awards for her work greening US Embassies around the globe, developing international models of sustainability, and building a solid platform for eco-diplomacy for the Department.


As the Department’s Sustainability Program Manager, Ms. McIntire has worked with the League of Green US Embassies, Office of the Federal Environmental Executive, Interagency Sustainable Working Group, Department of Energy, and other agencies and entities. She recently published a 150-page groundbreaking document titled GreenGuide for Embassy and Consulate Operations and launched a green webpage for OBO. Her experience with OBO’s 18,000-building portfolio made her the prime candidate to help lead the United Nations to “go green” and reduce its carbon footprint in its management of large numbers of facilities. She soon will be beginning a one-year appointment with the UN Environment Program as its Buildings and Climate Change Officer.


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