CEC welcomes Brittany Trinh as a government relations intern

Brittany is a Junior at the University of Houston, studying Chemistry with a minor in Psychology. She is interested in environmental engineering research and policy relating to water quality.

Over the past two summers, she conducted research with Dr. Debora Rodrigues from the UH Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering as part of the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship and Houston Scholars program. Her research project focused on efficient removal of chromium and nitrate from industrial wastewater using polymer gel beads and cellulose membranes.
During her sophomore year, she founded the Non-music Major Orchestra (NMO) at UH. NMO is for students who still want to continue playing music while pursuing a different field of study. At the end of each semester, the orchestra performs a free concert for the UH community. In the orchestra, she has played violin and is currently learning viola. She is also a resident advisor at UH, where she assists first year students acclimate to college life by helping them find the resources to achieve their academic, professional, and personal goals.
At CEC, Brittany will help review the City of Houston’s agenda as the Government Relations intern. She hopes to learn more about how environmental policy is implemented at the local level.

Houston City Council Agenda – October 17, 2017

This city will consider the following agenda items at the October 10, 2017, Houston Council Meeting.

7 – Over $6.5 million to be awarded for Industrial TX Corp for Sims Bayou South Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvements. This project is part of the City’s goal to improve the major wastewater treatment plants.

8 – Over $5.1 million to be awarded to PM Construction and Rehab, LLC, to fix sanitary sewers by sliplining and pipe bursting methods. Sliplining is repairing leaks or restoring structural stability. Pipebursting is a trenchless method of replacing buried pipelines.

9 – Over $12 million to be awarded to ReyTec Construction Resources for street repair, sidewalks, and an underground storm sewer system to reduce street flooding at the intersection of Interstate 10 to the south, Union Pacific Rail Road to the north, North Wayside on the east and Lockwood on the west.

10 – Over $1.3 million to be awarded to Grava, LLC to relocate sanitary sewer service lines for over 200 properties within the City of Houston.

18 – The following contractors were awarded a total of over $32 million from the Disaster Recovery Fund:

  1. Ceres Environmental Services, Inc
  2. Ontario Specialty Contracting, Inc, d/b/a OSC Texas
  3. JLS Consulting, LLC d/b/a Terraworx Construction
  4. Sun Packing, Inc
  5. H. Reid General Contractor
  6. NOLA Construction & Development Group, LLC
  7. Basal Solutions, LLC
  8. Fisher Construction, Inc
  9. Harris Builder, LLC
  10. TMG Services, Inc. & Perk Company, Inc, Joint Venture, LP
  11. Webb Trucking and Landclearing, Inc dba WLT Corporation
  12. Sustainable Freight Group Corporation

They will provide labor, supplies, and supervision required to load and move debris such as vegetation and household debris from public streets to debris management sites and/or landfills. The City will seek reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management (FEMA) and other sources for expenditures related to Hurricane Harvey.

36 – Two water lines – 24 in. water line from Bastrop St. to Texas Ave. and 42 in. water line from IH-10 and Hunting Bayou – will be improved as part of the City’s Surface Water Transmission Program.

40 – JSI Houston Transfer Station, Inc. has been granted the right to collect and transport solid and industrial waste from commercial properties within the City of Houston.

CEC Welcomes Kaitlin Cook as Programs and Policy Intern

Kaitlin is in her first year at the University of St. Thomas, working on her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. After completing the two year program and accompanying internship, she hopes to be a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), working predominantly with at risk youth.

Kaitlin previously attended Texas A&M University, graduating with a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science in December of 2015. While in College Station, she was involved in YoungLife. Kaitlin served as a volunteer mentor to high school kids in Caldwell, Texas, through this organization, attending sporting events, organizing fundraisers as well as handling their bookkeeping. In her spare time, Kaitlin loves to attend concerts, try out new recipes and spend time with her dog, Ziggy.

Despite a lack of experience with environmental issues, Kaitlin is excited to learn about all that goes on behind closed doors in non-profit organizations as well as some more on the environmental issues facing the current world.

Kaitlin can be reached at kaitlin.cook@cechouston.org.