Alelia Parenteau was appointed Sustainability and Resilience Director in December 2022, and had been serving as Acting Director since September of 2021. As Sustainability and Resilience Director, she oversees the Energy & Climate Division, Environmental Services Division, and Creeks Division. These divisions are responsible for implementing many of the City’s sustainability policies and initiatives, particularly in the areas of energy, climate planning, materials management, creek restoration, and water quality improvement, while working across the City organization to build resilience and ensure environmental stewardship. Ms. Parenteau reports to Rene Eyerly, the Interim Assistant City Administrator.
Prior to her appointment Ms. Parenteau was the Manager of the Energy & Climate Division, founded in 2020, overseeing the City’s renewable energy projects, community-wide energy strategy, climate action planning processes and the City’s new Community Choice Energy entity, Santa Barbara Clean Energy. Ms. Parenteau previously spent 11 years with the City’s Public Works Department managing the City’s energy use and resources. Ms. Parenteau was first hired by the City in 2006, serving as a Recycling Coordinator in the Environmental Services Division.
Ms. Parenteau received her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from McGill University and is a Certified Energy Manager and LEED Green Associate.