Sarah Zaleski serves as a senior advisor for the U.S. Department of Energy Building Technologies Office, where she leads the Commercial Building Integration zero energy efforts, district-scale solutions, and a portfolio of data infrastructure projects. In previous roles at DOE, Sarah led local government clean energy innovation programs including the development of DOE’s Community Energy Strategic Planning Guide, a step-by-step process for creating a robust strategic energy plan for cities and counties.
Sarah has more than 15 years of experience in sustainability and energy work. She helped create the first comprehensive sustainability planning initiative in Teton County, Wyoming, designed and marketed energy-efficiency programs for government and utility-sponsored initiatives in North Carolina, researched economic implications of expanding global biofuel markets while with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, and developed comprehensive energy-efficiency and sustainability programs for large commercial real estate portfolios.
Before joining DOE in June 2010, Sarah worked for the City of Baltimore, where she helped establish their Office of Sustainability. In this role, she launched a range of efforts including the Baltimore Sustainability Plan, the city's original green building requirements, the Baltimore Neighborhood Energy Challenge, and multiple other initiatives.
Sarah received a bachelor of science degree in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University and both a master's of environmental management and a master's of public policy from Duke University.