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.

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 [email protected]


CEC Welcomes Stacy Giang as Communications Technology Intern

Stacy Giang is a Junior at the University of Houston, studying Computer Science with a minor in Energy and Sustainability.

This is her third year as the Secretary and Historian for the Billiards League at UH. Over the summer, Stacy drafted the club’s Officer Handbook and assisted in directing a billiards charity event, Christmas in July. In her free time, Stacy enjoys bullet-journaling, taking roadtrips, and playing volleyball.

At CEC, Stacy will help manage the CEC’s comprehensive environmental calendar for greater Houston while implementing CEC’s Salesforce CRM. She is excited to broaden her knowledge in both the technological and environmental fields and to become a more well-rounded individual.

Stacy can be reached at [email protected]