Advocacy and Outreach Coordinator, Energy & Sustainable Design
U.S. Department of State,Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations
Melanie L. Berkemeyer
Melanie Berkemeyer is a LEED® accredited architect with 20 years of experience, and has served as the Advocacy and Outreach Coordinator for the Energy and Sustainable Design Unit in the Department's Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO). Prior to her current role, she co-chaired the Sustainability Program’s Materials Working Group and looked at improving sustainability in new and existing buildings. Melanie was a key contributor to OBO’s original Green Guide, managing editor of the brand new Green Guide, and authored OBO’s original Strategic Sustainability Plan. Ms. Berkemeyer has presented sustainability topics for both DoS and industry audiences, as well as teaching Introductory and Advanced Sustainability at Montgomery College. In addition to providing sustainability-related guidance to OBO colleagues and project teams, she serves as Regional Team leader of the Africa and East Asia Pacific region, as well as managing a portfolio of 24 diplomatic posts in that region. Melanie 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, recently serving on the Education Events Committee. In 2007 Melanie 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 the Department of State in October of 2005, Melanie provided sustainability expertise at Cannon Design and HNTB Architecture. She received her Master of Architecture degree at the University of Maryland, following a BA in Economics from Smith College.