Renée Bogin Curtis
As Sustainable Systems Project Manager, Renée evaluates and researches food systems, and social and environmental sustainability programs for local, regional and federal governments. She examines attitudes and behaviors of diverse communities and develops customized and representative outreach strategies. Current projects include management and website development of Fork it Over (a food donation and waste diversion program), assessments of the Food Donation Infrastructure and food access in the University EcoDistrict (Eat Up), exploratory research as external evaluator of a bilingual sustainability exhibit at The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), as well as management of Portland Multifamily and Metro Multifamily Outreach programs. Renée has a Graduate Certificate in nnprofit management, a Master’s degree in urban studies, and is a doctoral candidate in the field. Her research areas include multiculturalism in the environmental movement, community food systems, ethical markets, the artisan economy and global social movements. A recognized expert on the relationship between social and environmental sustainability, Renée frequently presents at conferences for diverse audiences ranging from property management industry groups to academic geographers to United Nations delegations. In her free time she exchanges stories from adventures in travel and parenting.
As Operations Manager and Faculty Research Assistant of CES, Rose oversees daily operations, project work, and staff. She enjoys collaborating with students, faculty, businesses, local government, and other community partners to conduct CES' work, educate, and forward sustainability goals in the region. Rose currently manages the Port of Portland Technical Assistance Project, the EPA Pollution Prevention Outreach Project, the City of Portland Events Recycling Project, and the Multnomah County Surplus Project. Rose has managed the New Seasons Sustainability Integration projects, the Whole Foods Comprehensive Materials Analysis, the Metro Household Pesticides Retail Surveys, Recycle at Work Business Recycling Requirements projects, the KEEN Footwear Comprehensive Analysis project. Rose's expertise lies in outreach, technical assistance, materials management, sustainability conceptualization, greenhouse gas emissions analysis, toxics, and waste reduction and prevention. Rose has over nine years of experience in the solid waste and sustainability field, with previous work in the public health and community organizing fields. She has worked for both local government and non-profits in the Portland Metro region. Rose began working at CES in 2008; she holds a Bachelor of Science in environmental studies with a minor in sustainability from Portland State University. Rose volunteers as a Friends of Trees Neighborhood Coordinator, for North Tabor-Mt. Tabor Clean-up coordination, and on the Association of Oregon Recyclers Annual Conference Planning Committee.
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Erin Lorene Anderson
Erin is currently the EPA Pollution Prevention and Outreach Project Manager, a grant project that partners with the Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resources Center. In 2015, as the CES Research Fellow, Erin focused on exploring the organizational model of CES and the skills and competencies student employees develop while working on specific sustainability projects with community partners. Erin has worked with CES since 2008 and managed projects such as the Lloyd EcoDistrict Infrastructure Analysis, Nike Comprehensive Materials Analysis, the City of Portland Composition Rate Study, and Bonneville Power Administration Integrated Materials Management Strategy. She has been project lead on the Whole Foods Comprehensive Materials Analysis, the New Seasons Sustainability Integration Project, and a Metro Pesticides Study. Additionally, Erin served as the Outreach Coordinator at the Port of Portland airport Technical Assistance Project for two years. Erin has an undergraduate degree in Community Development from Portland State University and is currently working on a Master of Urban Studies focusing on sustainable policies.
Douglas R. Beyers
Doug is an MBA candidate with a focus on sustainability and sustainable development, and joined the CES team in January 2015 as the Project Lead for the Port of Portland Technical Assistance Project. Doug received his B.A. in Anthropology from Washington State University, and spent the last few years working as an archaeologist in cultural resource and heritage management throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and British Columbia. He sits on the General Student Affairs Committee at PSU, and is involved with the social impact business group, Net Impact.
Derek is currently supporting CES projects after completing a year as the Partnership Development Coordinator for the Port of Portland Technical Assistance Project, working with the tenants and properties in and around the Portland Airport to facilitate waste minimization and food waste diversion efforts. Derek is working on his Masters of Education with emphasis in Leadership for Sustainability Education at PSU and holds a Bachelor degree in Human Ecology from California State University, Stanislaus. Originally from Northern California, Derek has lived in Northern, Central, and Southern California; Lima Peru; Santiago Chile; and most recently Iowa, where he ran the Environmental Services Division for the City of Sioux City. In his free time he enjoys reading, hiking, exploring the city, volunteering at the Oregon Zoo, working in one of Portland’s many Community Gardens, and teaching environmental education in Central and South America.
Emily joined CES in March of 2014 as project support staff working on the Fairview Recycle at Work project. She is now a project lead for Solid Waste Assessments and outreach staff on the EPA Pollution Prevention and Outreach project. Additionally, she has provided assistance on the Portland Multifamily Recycling project. She is currently pursuing a BS in Community Development at Portland State University. Emily also works as an intern with ROSE CDC, working on a project which aims to implement composting and food education at several multifamily housing locations, SPI Industries, and SOLVE.
Bethany began working with CES in March of 2011 while finishing her Bachelors of Science degree in Geography, with a minor in Black Studies from PS. Bethany has served as the Project Lead for the city of Portland Residential Capture Rate Project, the City of Portland Event Recycling program, City of Portland Single-Family Weight Study, City of Portland Food Waste Diversion Evaluation, and Food Services of America Event Recycling Projects. Bethany has also worked on the METRO Recycle at Work projects, Solid Waste Assessments, and the Port of Portland Clean-ups.
Ashley joined the CES team in the Fall of 2013 as project support staff. She is a project lead on Solid Waste Assessments and provides assistance on the Food Services of America Events Projects. She has just finished a Masters in Public Health and hopes to tack on a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning at PSU. Ashley received her Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on international health through the study of public health, microbiology, and geography at the University of Arizona in 2009.
Anna joined CES in October of 2014 and is the project lead on the Portland Multifamily Recycling project and supports CES' Fork it Over work on this food waste diversion assistance program. Anna also co-chairs the Food Action Collective (FAC), a PSU student group working in food systems. Anna is pursuing her Masters in Public Administration with a concentration in Global Leadership and Management, and received her undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies from Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY. Her main interests include food security in under-served and migrant farmworker communities, community development through agriculture, and international food sovereignty.
Sara joined CES in August 2013 and currently supports multiple projects at CES in addition to serving as Project Coordinator for the Fork it Over website. Sara was previously the Data Manager on the Port of Portland Technical Assistance Project. Sara received her Bachelor of Science in public health from the University of Washington in December 2010. She arrived at CES having spent the past few years working in occupational health and safety, and clinical research at the University of Washington. She is currently pursuing dual Master of Urban and Regional Planning, and Master of Public Health degrees at PSU.
Alexis joined CES as project support staff in March 2014. She is pursuing a Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree at PSU, with a concentration in transportation. Prior to working at CES, Alexis was the Safe Routes to School Project Manager for WALKSacramento. Alexis currently leads the Portland Multifamily Recycling project at CES. She enjoys working with diverse communities to make our cities healthy, sustainable, and enjoyable.
Madeleine Lawrence is in her senior year of a B.A. in Spanish and Community Development. Madeleine joined CES in August of 2014 as a project support staff for the EPA grant Pollution Prevention Project in partnership with the Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resources Center and the EcoBiz program conducting outreach to automotive and landscaping businesses. She is also the project lead for the City of Portland Single-Family Can Weight Study and the Portland Multifamily Recycling project and provides assistance on toher CES projects.
Ellen joined CES as project support staff on Solid Waste Assessments in 2015 and is currently pursuing a Masters in Leadership for sustainability education at PSU. Ellen holds a bachelors degree in Psychology from University of North Carolina Charlotte. During her years in undergrad, Ellen aided and led many projects that assisted the advancement of environmental sustainability within the university and community. Her interests lie in waste minimization and educating the public about sustainable practices.
Gretchen has been with CES since summer of 2013 and is a project lead for Solid Waste Assessments. She worked on the New Seasons Sustainability Integration project, the Whole Foods Comprehensive Analysis, the KEEN Footwear Comprehensive Analysis project, and the Portland Event Recycling program. She completed her BA in Community Development from PSU and will be pursuing graduate school at PSU in the future.
Grace joined CES in August of 2014 as a project support staff for the EPA grant Pollution Prevention Project in partnership with the Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resources Center and the EcoBiz program. Grace also works on Solid Waste Assessments at CES from time to time. She is pursuing a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning at PSU. Prior to returning to school, Grace worked as an English teacher and at community development organizations domestically and abroad, and is excited to participate in outreach on behalf of CES in multicultural settings.
Jennifer joined CES in March 2015 as the Portland Event Recycling project lead. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in environmental studies with a minor in sustainability from PSU with a long-term goal of working in community outreach and materials management. Jennifer’s passion for thoughtful consumption and sustainable behavior led her to becoming the sustainability coordinator for a large production catering kitchen in Portland where she additionally held down the position of lead pastry chef for over a decade. Jennifer also became a certified Master Recycler through the City of Portland in 2010 and continues to volunteer with numerous events and organizations working to guide the community towards waste reduction goals.
Tay joined CES in October of 2014 and is currently working as project lead on CES Solid Waste Assessments, while also assisting on Multnomah County Surplus Project and Portland Events Recycling. She is majoring in Communication Studies with a minor in Sustainable Urban Development. Her desired focus is sustainability project management and environmental policy. She is also a Peer Mentor through the University Studies department.
Kaileigh joined CES as the Outreach Coordinator for the Port of Portland Technical Assistance Project (PTAP) in June 2014. Kaileigh grew up in the Puget Sound region and studied Environmental Science at Willamette University. During her time as an undergrad, Kaileigh worked with Kitsap County Stormwater Management developing stormwater best management practices and conducted her thesis on establishing those best management practices with the City of Salem. Kaileigh is pursuing her Master's at PSU in Leadership for Sustainability Education with a focus on education and outreach.
Regina joined the CES team in 2014. Prior to CES, Regina worked as an environmental technician intern with the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability focusing on clean water and sewage projects. She provides office assistance to CES and will be assisting on other CES projects in the near future. She is currently attending PSU in pursuit of receiving a Bachelor’s of Science in Health Studies.