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Join us for The "Connectivity Project" Film Screening

Lloyd EcoDistrict invites you to a screening of “The Connectivity Project,” featuring the episode titled “Plants Have Wings,” on June 24th at 6 PM PST. This short film focuses on the importance of pollinators and our role in the success (or lack thereof) of their process. Watch a short trailer to this episode of the film series here

In this film, director Rose Madrone follows the efforts of an inspired young bicycle activist who is working hard to protect the Monarch Butterfly and uses this as a means to educate about the importance of protecting pollinators. Through her work, Rose invites us to explore the ripple effects of our actions in an interconnected world, and vividly open one’s understanding to the impact our choices can have. 

After the screening, we will hold a panel discussion with the director Rose Madrone, Xerces Society Ambassador David Kollen, and Backyard Habitat Representative Janet Gifford to inspire further conversation on pollinators and education. For more information and to register for the event please click here.
Benson HS Technical Geometry Students Brings Free Fridge to Lloyd

Thanks to Benson HS Technical Geometry students, R2DToo now has a Free Fridge that you can donate to or take from 24/7. But what is a Free Fridge exactly? Free Fridge PDX is an opportunity for people in the community to help one another to donate food and take it freely at fridges and pantries across Portland. A new fridge has just been dropped off in the Lloyd neighborhood this week and is located at R2DToo.

We want to show some love and support to the Benson students who created this project and let them know their community supports them and their education. We are calling out to Lloyd to head out to the Free Fridge and submit photos of you dropping off food, or holding “thank you” signs to the Benson HS students to your social media. Tag us and Benson HS @EcoLloyd and @BensonTechGeo and/or use the hashtags #LloydFreeFridge #R2DTooFreeFridge when you post. 

The Free Fridge is looking for unexpired, unopened food and asks that you please not donate/leave alcohol, drugs, or uncooked meat. They additionally ask you to keep meat and produce separately.

Join Albina Vision Trust for Juneteenth Events

This Saturday, June 19, we celebrate Juneteenth, a holiday recognizing the emancipation of enslaved Black people after the Civil War. As written by those at Albina Vision Trust, this day is a “celebration of Black culture, freedom, and joy,” and we encourage Lloyd community members to get involved by learning more about the historical significance of Juneteenth and attending events this Saturday. 

We at Lloyd EcoDistrict are especially excited to highlight the work of Albina Vision Trust this Juneteenth. For Lloyd community members specifically, supporting this Black-led organization is crucial, as we operate in Portland’s Albina neighborhood, a historically Black neighborhood that has faced urban renewal and displacement. These events are a great opportunity, right here in our community, to get involved in our community and take personal responsibility for understanding Black history. We hope to see you there!

Teach-In Workshop: June 19th, 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. The virtual event will discuss the neighborhood’s history, current dilemmas, and plans for the future. Register here

Film Festival: June 19th, 9:00 PM to 12:00 AM. Screening two films about the Black community in Portland. You can attend in-person at Benton Lot on N Broadway and N Benton Ave or virtually. Register here

Meet our Summer Interns

This summer we are happy to introduce you to new people on our Lloyd EcoDistrict team, Burgin Utaski (pictured left) and Julia Salomone (pictured right). These two new interns will be working on communications and pollinator placemaking respectively. 

Burgin is an undergraduate student at Lewis and Clark College, majoring in Environmental Studies and minoring in History. She was born and raised living in cities, an upbringing that sparked her interest in the built environment and the social/economic/environmental processes within these spaces. As the pollinator placemaker intern, Burgin assists in developing and supporting our Pollinator Placemaking programmatic area initiatives. 

Julia is a junior undergraduate student at Lewis and Clark College studying for her degree in Environmental Studies with a minor in Gender Studies. She was born and raised in the south Florida area, but much prefers the temperate rainforests Oregon has to offer. As the Communications Intern for Lloyd EcoDistrict, Julia works on the group’s social media presence, newsletter, and ensuring community stakeholders are aware of ways to get involved. 

We asked Burgin and Julia a few questions to get to know them better. To learn about their sustainability goals, favorite books and more, read our blog.

Join the Summer Fun at Peace Memorial Park!

It was a busy spring at Peace Memorial Park and we’ve got more events all summer for you to join! After kicking off our 2021 cleanup series there during Earth Week, we cleared the hillside of invasive himalayan blackberries. Activities kicked in full gear at the end of May when we had over 60 volunteers spend their Memorial Day morning at our work party at the park. Thanks to our partnership with SOLVE, volunteers were equipped to help us clean up a total of 1,200 pounds of trash. Later in the day we were joined by Veterans for Peace members for their annual Memorial Day event at the park.

Our Memorial Day cleanup also started off the first day of Portland’s Rose Festival Porch Parade. Lloyd EcoDistrict partnered with local artist Irene Ramirez to add pollinator and rose-themed chalk artwork throughout the park. Check out our blog for more pictures of her artwork and the cleanup.

As we transition to the summer, our cleanup events continue. Join us on the mornings of Saturday, June 26th or Saturday, July 17th to help cleanup the neighborhood and maintain the park. We are also looking for someone to bring a lawn mower to one of those events. If you can, please contact Burgin.

Missed our LED Lighting and Controls Webinar?

The post-pandemic “new normal” commercial property occupancy patterns may be very different from the past and property managers who have not upgraded their LED lighting or controls will be at a disadvantage in terms of flexibility and operating cost. Knowing this, last week we hosted an informational webinar about lighting controls and current financial incentives available for interior and exterior lighting projects.  

If you missed the webinar, a recorded version is viewable here.  If you are including investments to improve building performance in your budget for 2021 or 2022,  we hope you will consider upgrading to LED lighting or look into lighting controls with Lloyd EcoDistrict’s LAMP program.

I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project Open House

There's more time to make your voice heard in the last online open house for the highway covers for the I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project. The closing date has been extended through Sunday, June 21st! Share your vision for the highway covers here

The third online open house will review final cover concept scenarios from the vision and outcomes discussed in previous sessions and evaluate each scenario’s performance in relationship to the community’s values and feasibility.   

The highway covers have the potential to add economic value through redevelopment that truly reconnects the community. Input gathered will inform the development of the highway covers in pursuit of restorative justice and an inclusive and accessible neighborhood. Guided by the Executive Steering Committee and influenced by the Historic Albina Advisory Board, the independent team is working to understand the vision and goals of stakeholders in the project area, generate potential highway cover scenarios, and assess the impacts and benefits of these scenarios.  

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