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Lloyd EcoDistrict's 10th Year: Time of Reflection and Transition

As Lloyd EcoDistrict enters our tenth year of operations, we find ourselves at an exciting time of transition. The EcoDistrict was founded in 2010 by neighborhood leaders with the goal of making Lloyd “the most sustainable neighborhood in North America.” Now, as we look back on a year marked by COVID-19, multiple extreme weather events, and deep racial injustice, we must redefine what “sustainable” means to our organization and to the neighborhood at large. The pursuit of resilience, climate protection, and equity has never been more urgent – and we believe that Lloyd EcoDistrict is uniquely positioned to advance these priorities.   

In the coming months, you will hear about opportunities to engage with us and help shape our new path forward. In the meantime, the EcoDistrict Board of Directors extends heartfelt thanks and gratitude to our longtime Executive Director, Sarah Heinicke, who left the organization last month. Sarah’s passionate work over the last 10 years got us to where we are today, and we appreciate the vision and connections she fostered during her time at the organization.

Get Outside with Our Peace Memorial Park July Clean-Up 

Join Lloyd EcoDistrict and SOLVE volunteers this Saturday, July 17th from 9:00 AM -11:30 AM to clean up Peace Memorial Park and the surrounding areas (Eastbank Esplanade/Convention Center/Moda Center). The clean-up event will include trash pick-up, removing invasive plants, and sprucing up Peace Memorial Park. If you would like to participate please sign up here and learn more information.

Please come wearing a face covering, closed-toed shoes, with a filled reusable water bottle. If you have your own gloves, litter grabber, and litter bag, or bucket, you are encouraged to bring those as well. Observe social distancing throughout the cleanup. We are also looking for people who can bring a lawn mower, weed trimmer, or hedge shears. If you are able, contact Burgin at burgin@ecolloyd.org

Be Inspired with our August "Speak Out" Film Screening

Join us at our late-summer film screening of “The Connectivity Project,” featuring the episode titled “Speak Out!” on August 19th at 6 PM PST. This short film focuses on the importance of clean air in North Portland, and the activists that are persisting to fight for it. Watch a short trailer to this episode of the film series here

In this film, director Rose Madrone follows an inspired indigenous high school student in Portland Oregon, who is influenced by the actions of Lois Gibbs of the 1970s, - a grassroots activist and organizer in the resistance of devastating pollution in Love Canal, New York. Lois’s story was a catalyst for this Roosevelt HS student and her class to go to the state legislature to apply pressure for change and advocate for clean air for her school and community. Standing up for what they knew was right! 

After the screening, we will hold a panel discussion with the director and other speakers from the community to inspire further conversation on clean air and activism. For more information and to register for the event please click here.

Reflecting on the Heat Wave

June’s heat wave had the highest temperatures ever recorded in Portland, brought on by the emission of heat-trapping greenhouse gases. The city  reached 115 degrees at its peak, causing destruction within the community and taking 72 lives and counting in heat-related deaths, including at least one in the Lloyd area

Those most affected by the heat and its detrimental effects are those experiencing houselessness, older adults without access to AC and people who work in agriculture and construction. Housing policies such as red-lining create areas known as urban heat islands, where temperatures can be up to 13 degrees hotter than other parts of the city. This can be due to denied investments in greenspace or tree cover that typically would act as cooling mechanisms.

As the effects of climate change become clear in our city, we need to re-imagine how we approach heat-related disasters. Multnomah County and the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management have guidelines on how to remain safe during heat waves like these, along with common signs and symptoms of heat-related illnesses. Cooling centers that are opened during extreme heat were available to Portlanders as a place to safely cool off, such as the Convention Center in our very own Lloyd Neighborhood. Picture credit: Kristyna Wentz-Graff / OPB

Events like this lead us to double-down on our emergency preparedness and resiliency work. Stay tuned for emergency preparedness events later this year. Is there a particular emergency preparedness topic you’d like to know more about? Contact us.

Thank You for Your Participation in Pollinator Week

During Pollinator Week, 40 volunteers gathered to clean up trash and maintain Peace Memorial Park. Our volunteers at Peace Memorial Park picked up a total of 500 pounds of trash, collecting from around the park itself as well as around the Moda Center, Oregon Convention Center, and into the Eastbank Esplanade. 

In the last year, we have been working on the plans for this re-constructed area, including benches, signage, and the replanting of the center greenspace with perennials, shrubs, and native pollinators. We’re excited to have recently received a grant from the Bureau of Environmental Services to begin this process, specifically in preparing the site for full replanting. Volunteer work is essential in these early preparation steps, so thank you to all who have gotten involved this past spring and summer.

Another event Lloyd EcoDistrict put on during Pollinator Week was the screening of “Plants Have Wings” with a discussion from a panelist on pollinator conservation! Through her work, director Rose Madrone invited 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. 

Backing up this call to action we were joined with experts David Kollen from the Xerces Society and Janet Gifford from the Backyard Habitat Certification Program. David came armed with his knowledge of specifically bee conservation, and explained to the audience the drastic effect even a small pollinator garden can have on pollinators. In starting these pollinator gardens, Janet reassured the audience that even with limited greenspace, implementing native Oregon pollinator plants help draw in pollinators to feed them. 

Learn About Our Partner:
Conserve Energy

You might be familiar with LAMP, our LED Advantage Member Program, but do you know about our partner, Conserve Energy, who makes this unique program possible? With Conserve Energy officially becoming COBID (Certification Office for Inclusion and Diversity) certified, and Michael Reunert completing NXT Level training, we wanted to re-introduce you to them. Conserve Energy works to lower your energy consumption while working with incentive programs to cover up to 70% of up-front costs.  Since its start in 2008, Conserve has completed over three thousand energy efficiency projects in the commercial and industrial sector, including more than 40 LAMP projects with Lloyd EcoDistrict.

Dedicated Conserve Energy employees like Portland Regional Manager Michael Reunert work to stay up to date in the lighting world through workshops and training. Equipped with eight years of experience in LED lighting, Michael recently took on NXT Level training to continue to learn and executive cutting-edge technology in the lighting initiatives he creates. Learn more about Michael, Conserve Energy, becoming COBID certified, and how the LAMP program is a win-win-win partnership between Conserve, Lloyd EcoDisrict, and our community here. Read more here.

Interested in savings and more efficient lighting? Contact the LAMP team to start your next lighting project.

 Around the Lloyd Neighborhood
  • Restoring Albina: Albina Vision Trust's last round of workshops for their Community Investment Plan are scheduled for  July 22, 24, and 26th. They will be getting into scenario details like housing, commercial spaces, community places, investments and how one participates in each. Learn more and register for one of the workshops here.
  • Join your neighbors and friends at the NW Film Center’s Rooftop Cinema at the Lloyd Center this summer for open-air rooftop screenings of great movies with food, drink, fun weekend themes and costumes. Check out dates and the lineups here.
  • Mercy Corps has launched RISE, its first learning platform. RISE online courses are designed to address the specific needs of women business owners in Oregon and southwestern Washington. To get involved and learn more, click here.
  • Every Wednesday, from noon to 1 PM, Go Lloyd is organizing a neighborhood cleanup at Holladay Park. Learn more here.
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