Office of Civil Rights
March 7, 2014

Date: 03/07/2014 Description: Women's History Month 2014: Donna McIntire - State Dept Image Donna McIntire serves as Chief of the Energy & Sustainable Design Unit for the Department of State, Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations. She leads a team of multidisciplinary professionals within the Department who are responsible for greening U.S. Embassies and consulates around the world and compiling a greenhouse gas inventory for the Department’s 19,000 building portfolio. Donna’s team was recently recognized by Secretary of State Kerry as exceptional employees for their publication titled, "The Guide to Green Embassies: Eco-Diplomacy in Operation", which is an invaluable tool for U.S. Embassies and consulates to improve performance and build a stronger environmental platform for the Department. (Visit:

When she served as buildings & climate change officer for the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), she facilitated the launch of the common carbon metric for measuring energy efficiency and reporting greenhouse gas emissions from building operations – a global tool to establish performance baselines for building stock by type and climate region. She also participated in the development of the chapter on buildings in UNEP's recent publication on the Green Economy.

Donna is known for designing the very 1st LEED® v1.0 Platinum project for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation during her tenure with the architectural and engineering firm, Smith Group and her work for the U.S. Green Building Council, where she administered the LEED® Green Building Rating System. She is a LEED® Accredited Professional and Certified Carbon Reduction Manager with a bachelor of science and masters in architecture.