Farah McDill, LEED AP BD+C

2011 Center for Green Schools UTC Fellow
Sacramento City Unified School District
U.S. Green Building Council
www.CenterForGreenSchools.org

Farah McDill received her master’s degree in Sustainable Building and has been connected with the construction industry for over 10 years, receiving her bachelor’s degree in Construction Management in 2001 from Colorado State University. While working at JE Dunn Construction, she was one of the first project managers to become LEED Accredited. After four years of work for JE Dunn, Farah decided to travel the world, visiting 17 countries and eventually landing in New Zealand where she worked for a general contractor. In 2007, Farah helped her company become leaders in the newly formed New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC). Her research while attending the CSU Construction Management Graduate Program focused on how teachers can use their school building to teach sustainability. She contributed to the development of building-focused sustainability clubs in seven Poudre School District K-12 green schools, engaging students with the built environment to help create awareness and reduce natural resource consumption. Farah has participated in a green school building audit for the America’s Greenest School Competition and has taught a summer energy conservation class to middle school students in Roaring Fork School District. She continues to help teachers develop building-focused sustainability clubs that connect building occupants to the built environment and help them gain a better understanding of how to reduce their impact on the natural environment.