Eric T. Crum
Eric is a Portland State University Faculty Research Associate and Director of Community Environmental Services. He has worked in resource conservation practices & research for over five years, managing programs in recycling, composting, waste reduction, greenhouse gas inventories, material management and organizational sustainability. Eric began in his current role as Director in April, 2012, having served as a program manager and field staff with CES since January, 2008. He completed his Master of Public Administration (MPA) program with a focus on environmental and natural resources policy in December of 2011. Eric now oversees all organizational operations at CES and is concurrently serving as Principal Investigator on seventeen externally-sponsored research and service projects throughout the Portland-metro region.
As a Project Manager, Renée evaluates and researches food systems, multifamily and multicultural sustainability programs for local, regional and federal governments. Current projects include adoption and management of Fork it Over (a food donation and waste diversion program), assessments of the food donation infrastructure and district-level food access (Eat Up), exploratory research as the external evaluator of a new bilingual sustainability exhibit at The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), as well as the development and evaluation of Metro Multifamily Outreach programs (MMO). Renée has 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, the artisan economy and global social movements. In her free time she makes up nursery rhymes with her two young kids. Contact Renée Bogin Curtis
Nate serves as Research and Development Manager for CES. He is responsible for new project development, organizational strategy, and communications. Formerly project lead for the Port of Portland Technical Assistance Project (PTAP), Nate completed his Master of Business Administration (MBA) program with a focus a on sustainability in 2012. Prior to CES, Nate worked on large-scale land preservation issues in Colorado and green residential development in the Midwest, where his firm EcoUrban was among the first developers of LEED-certified residences in the U.S. Nate also has an undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis.
As Faculty Research Assistant, Rose manages internal operations for CES and coordinates the Solid Waste Assessment Team (SWAT) in all waste assessments including LEED EB. Rose began with CES in 2008 as a Resource Conservation Specialist. She has been Project Lead for the Metro Household Pesticides Retail Survey and two Recycle at Work Business Recycling Requirements projects. Rose has worked on many CES projects such as Residential Recycling Campaigns, Business Outreach, Technical Assistance, and Sustainability Research. Currently, she works with students, faculty, staff, businesses, local government, and community partners to forward CES’ sustainability work, develops opportunities, assists with outreach materials, coordinates meetings and events, and facilitates communications. Rose has experience from Washington County Solid Waste & Recycling Program as a Program Educator, Green Solutions as a Recycling Specialist, assisting on the Richmond Neighborhood One-Can-a-Month Project, work on HAP Recycling Contamination Sorts and work on a mercury-reduction campaign with Multnomah County and City of Portland. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies with a minor in Sustainability from Portland State University. She also teaches ecology and sustainability-related topics as a Metro Volunteer Naturalist, a Friends of Trees Neighborhood Coordinator, and the North Tabor Sustainability Committee Chair. Contact Moonrose Doherty
Bethany is Project Lead for the City of Portland Event Recycling project. She was formerly Project Lead on the Can Weight Study and the Food Waste Diversion Evaluation, and has worked on many other projects such as the Recycle at Work, Solid Waste Assessment Team and Portland Multi-Family. 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 PSU. She is currently seeking a Masters in Urban Development while completing a GIS Graduate Certificate from PSU. In the fall of 2010, Bethany participated in a PSU Capstone class which worked with the Rose Quarter; helping to expand public composting and develop the facility’s zero waste goals. Bethany was born in Alaska, but has lived in Oregon for over 16 years and considers herself a joint native to both states. Bethany loves playing cribbage, fly-fishing, canoeing, watching lightning storms, helping her family and friends get their home composting and recycling started, and playing almost any kinds of games.
Maia Nativ joined the CES team in October of 2012 as the Project Lead for the Port of Portland Technical Assistance Project (PTAP). She is pursuing PSU’s Masters of Public Administration program with a focus in non-profit management. In 2007 Maia realized Los Angeles was not the place for her and quickly fell in love with Portland, where she completed her BS in biology at PSU. Before coming to CES Maia has helped create and lead a non-profit organization, Depave. In addition, she created and implemented composting and recycling programs while working as an AmeriCorps member at Portland Public Schools. Maia spends most of her free time playing outside.
Mark joined CES in January of 2012 as a graduate research assistant for Energy and Climate Change Curriculum (EC3) Research Project (phase 1), investigating the needs, gaps, and opportunities for multidisciplinary curriculum at PSU. Currently, Mark is learning the ropes at CES by working on various projects, such as the Can Weight Study. This is Mark’s 2nd year of the Urban Studies PhD program at PSU. He has a MA in Geography and Environmental Studies at Northeastern Illinois University and a BA in Architecture from the University of Illinois at Chicago. All this is influencing Mark in pursuing interests in sustainable housing in urban areas by focusing on policy and environmental justice related to green infrastructure and uneven development. Mark enjoys living and working abroad, bicycling, soccer, improv comedy, and hiking (urban and rural).
Kristi is the grant administrator for the Single Family Weight Study, Port of Portland Technical Assistance to the Waste Minimization Program, and a sundry of others. She began at PSU as a student recycling survey volunteer in the Recycling Education Projects (known now as CES) in 1991 and became a grant administrator more than 10 years ago.
Wayne is responsible for Multifamily Projects and other CES projects. His larger responsibilities involve funds management and grants administration for all externally funded projects within the Center for Urban Studies, where he started working in 1988.
Heather joined CES in the spring of 2011. She is currently the Project Lead for the Metro Catalog Choice project, Can Weight Study and the Fairview Recycle at Work project. Heather has also worked as the coordinator for the Portland Multifamily Recycling Project (PMF) and as a multifamily recycling specialist on the Washington County Tip Your Lid Outreach Project (TYL). She also works on the solid waste assessment team for various waste audits conducted by CES. Heather earned her BA in Anthropology with a minor in Spanish from the University of Nevada, Reno. She is enrolled in the Master’s of Urban Studies program at PSU, specializing in economic development. Her focus is on the social justice aspect of sustainability and workforce development issues. In her free time she enjoys hiking, kayaking and camping.
Todd joined the CES team in August of 2012 as the Materials Manager for the Port of Portland Technical Assistance Project. Todd came to CES with over five years of waste minimization experience, most recently working as a Recycling Specialist at Portland State University for the past two and a half years. Todd is currently pursuing a masters degree in Environmental Management from PSU with a concentration in forest ecology and just finished up a summer field position conducting plant surveys for Oregon State University and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Todd is originally from Cooperstown, N.Y. and in his free time enjoys playing sports, going to Blazers games, seeing live music, identifying plants, and going on hikes with his dog Osa.
Casey has been with CES since January of 2010. She currently serves as field staff for the City of Portland Event Recycling Program. During her tenure at CES, she has also worked on the Recycle at Work Business Recycling Requirements Outreach Program and served as field staff on the Can Weight Study and Food Waste Diversion Evaluation for two years. Casey received her Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Central Florida and is currently pursuing a Masters of Urban Studies from PSU focusing on Cultural Economics. Before moving to Portland in 2009, Casey founded and organized a community craft fair called the Grandma Party Bazaar in Orlando, Florida, which has been hosting annual events since the winter of December 2005 and continues today under new leadership. In addition to CES, Casey also works for the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA) and the NW Film Center, as the Volunteer Coordinator for Time Based Art Festival (TBA) and the Portland International Film Festival (PIFF). She is quite gifted with house plants, loves Harry Potter, Twin Peaks, and car share programs.
Erin is the project lead for the City of Portland Composition & Capture Rate analysis, and the Metro Outdoor Pesticide Survey project. Previously, Erin served as the Outreach Coordinator for the Port of Portland Technical Assistance Project. She has also worked as part of the multifamily team and was the coordinator for the Metro Data Collection Project which focused on evaluating recycling systems and performance at multifamily communities throughout the Portland Metro region. Erin has also been involved in providing outreach and assistance to multifamily residents and communities in Washington County, Clackamas County and the City of Portland. Erin has an undergraduate degree in Community Development from PSU, and is working towards a Masters of Urban Studies focusing on sustainable policies. Erin is a proud supporter of the Portland Timbers and can be found in the midst of the Timbers Army (jumping, clapping and singing for victory!) during her free time.
Brittany has been with CES since January 2012, and has served on a variety of projects within CES. Her current roles include Project Lead for the Solid Waste Assessment Team (SWAT) and for the EC3 project. For the EC3 project, she conducts interviews with regional energy leaders to discover their opinions on the creation of energy curriculum and specific programs at PSU and the greater Pacific Northwest. Britt is currently in her second year towards obtaining a Masters of Urban Studies, and is scheduled to graduate in June of 2013. Her research interests include fostering resilient cities to natural hazards, the economic implications of such hazards, and the role of technology, language, and social media in one’s perception of place. After recently receiving a Bachelors in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Northern Iowa, Britt moved to Portland to gain hands-on experience in one of the country’s most sustainable cities. When not working, reading, or writing, Britt enjoys exploring Portland, and can often be found running in Forest Park or researching Portland’s best espresso.
Tony has been with CES since March 2011. He is currently the Project Lead for the CES contract with Portland Community College to complete a user-specific guidebook for PCC on conducting greenhouse gas inventories. Additionally, Tony is the Data Analyst for the Port of Portland Technical Assistance Project. Other projects he has worked on during his time at CES include Metro Business Outreach, Tualatin Business Recycling Requirements, and Portland Event Recycling. In December 2010, Tony received his Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from Portland State University. He also received both his Bachelor of Science in Geography and Geographic Information Systems Graduate Certificate from PSU in March 2012. Figuring why stop there, he has since taken up the challenge of obtaining his Master of Science in Geography from the university as well. Prior to CES, Tony worked for Waste Management for over eight years in a variety of roles ranging from Customer Service Representative to Account Manager. His experiences at Waste Management and tenure at CES have provided him a unique insight into the world of materials management, and informs his passion for sustainable living. Tony is fascinated by old or unusual maps, enjoys reading graphic novels, and likes people who recycle.
Jared joined the CES team in the summer of 2012, and is currently working on the Portland Multifamily Recycling Program, providing outreach and informational materials to multifamily communities throughout Portland. Jared is a new transfer student to PSU and will begin studying accounting in the Fall with aspirations of completing his MBA within the next five years. Jared has been an avid composter and recycler his entire life, starting at an early age living in rural Western New York. In his spare time, he enjoys listening to and playing experimental and improvisational music, cold-brewing tea, woodworking, camping, canoeing and home brewing beer.
Julia joined CES as the Outreach Coordinator for the Port of Portland Technical Assistance Project (PTAP) in January 2013. Julia grew up in California, and studied architecture at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. As an AmeriCorps, Julia helped develop and run a green program for the non-profit Rebuilding Together in Silicon Valley, and also helped with recycling outreach and education for King County Housing Authority. After visiting the Pacific Northwest, she knew it was where she wanted to be and moved up to Seattle in 2011. Julia moved to Portland in 2012 to begin the Masters of Urban and Regional Planning program. In her free time, she loves to cook, try new beer & wine, volunteer, and do anything outdoors with her dog, Twig.
Cristy joined the CES team during Fall 2012, and assists Renee Curtis with OMSI’s Sustainability exhibit. Cristy recently completed an internship with the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, building capacity for implementation and evaluation of a city-wide multi-family food scrap collection pilot. She also finished a year of service through AmeriCorps Confluence Environmental Center. Cristy moved from Chicago, IL and will begin her Masters program with PSU’s Graduate School of Education- Leadership for Sustainability Education (LSE). Cristy is a Master Recycler who above all enjoys teaching youth about waste diversion. For fun she creates art, travels, swordfights, spends time with her family, friends, and rabbit Batman.
In July 2012, Skye joined the CES team and is currently working on the City of Portland Event Recycling project, Can Weight Study, Portland Multifamily Recycling Projectand the Solid Waste Assessment Team as field staff. Skye is new to the Portland area, having moved from California in the spring of 2012. He recently transferred to PSU and is completing his undergraduate degree in Earth Science. He hopes to continue his education at PSU by getting his Masters degree in Geography, focusing on hydrology and natural resource management. Skye enjoys bicycling, projects around the house, sports and exploring all the wonderful things that Portland has to offer.
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