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Meet CES Alumni

Hundreds of PSU students have worked for Community Environmental Services (CES) over the past 20 years.  CES alumni use the valuable experiences they've gained to serve locally and beyond. Here are a few recent alumni who are currently working in the Portland Metro Region.


“During my time at CES, I gained an understanding of how to evaluate resource use at an institutional level and develop actionable strategies to minimize resource consumption. This experience proved invaluable in my current work implementing energy conservation and efficiency programs.”

Michael Budds
Project Lead



"CES took me past my program’s theory and gave me real live experience in research, data analysis and outreach that not only benefited our clients but my skill set.”


Will Elder
Business Waste Reduction Planner
Sustainability Center


"CES helped me broaden my understanding of resource conservation, encourage team building and communication, build my skill set on reporting and tracking progress, and most importantly drove my passion for a more sustainable Portland region."

Katie Lynd
Food Policy Coordinator
Multnomah County - Office of Sustainability




"CES provided me with practical hands-on experience managing technical assistant projects in waste minimization and resource conservation. My time at CES was just as valuable as my time in graduate school and I can honestly say it jump started my career."

Rob Nathan
Director of Outreach and Technology
Northwest Earth Institute




“After arriving as an immigrant from Mexico, I knew very little about the local Hispanic/Latino community and the challenges and opportunities it faces.  CES provided me with multiple opportunities to conduct research with the local Hispanic/Latino community and gave me an outlet to lever my skills as a bilingual researcher. Working for CES allowed me both to gain a deep understanding of the Hispanic/Latino community in the region, the community’s educational and environmental challenges and initiated me into what is now my research and evaluation specialty”

Nelda Reyes
Evaluation and Visitor Studies Division Supervisor
Bilingual: English & Spanish
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry


“CES provided both the technical skills and community connections that have led to much of my success. I learned how to turn research into action, and was surrounded by dedicated and smart people. I continue to carry those lessons and people with me as I continue to develop my career.”

Meredith Sorensen
Marketing Manager
Harvest Power



As a project lead on the Solid Waste Assessment Team (SWAT), the Lloyd Ecodistrict Material Infrastructure Analysis, and the EC3 project at CES, conducted interviews with regional energy leaders to discover their opinions on the creation of energy curriculum and specific programs at PSU and in the greater Pacific Northwest region, assessed solid waste as part of a team, and learned project management.  Britt now works in the energy field analyzing and evaluating progress in energy efficiency programs.

Brittany Brannon

Program Associate

Fluid Marketing Strategies