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March 7, 2017

Sheila Holden, Pacific Power Regional Business Manager

Lloyd EcoDistrict: A sustainable front door to Portland

By Sheila Holden
Regional Business Manager

In 2010, Northeast Portland’s Lloyd District created one of the nation’s first Ecodistricts. As a transit hub and home to the Oregon Convention Center, Moda Center, the Veterans Memorial Coliseum and Lloyd Center, the district is a front door for many visitors to our area. What we do here reflects our community values to residents and to visitors.

Lloyd EcoDistrict

First, you may ask, exactly what is an Ecodistrict?

Ecodistricts are the cutting edge of sustainability solutions that use a district scale to achieve greater impact. They link energy, transportation, water, land use, urban agriculture, and more in an integrated, equitable, and efficient resource system. Each Ecodistrict is unique and designed to meet the needs of its residents, businesses, and institutions, serving as innovation labs for cities and regions.

The Lloyd District was an ideal place for an Ecodistrict. Although in the city, in 2010 it still had many large buildable areas where sustainable development, both commercial and residential, could take root. Large organizations are headquartered here – the Portland Trail Blazers, the Bonneville Power Administration, and yes, Pacific Power.

We have been proud to take an active part in the Ecodistrict since its inception. The local organization has become a national model for Ecodistricts with representatives from all over the country coming to visit to see exactly how it works.

And it does work. Check out our website for details: www.ecolloyd.org

By taking action together, in just five years, we have made substantial progress towards our ambitious 25-year goals in the areas of energy, waste, transportation, and water. We have reduced building energy use by 12.2 percent over a few years, nearly halfway towards our long-term goal for energy use reduction.

Blue Sky logo

Pacific Power, working with our Blue Sky renewable energy customers, and public agencies, has helped the district reach 70 percent of its renewable energy goal. A big step was a major solar power installation atop the Oregon Convention Center in 2015.

And the district is working to vastly reduce waste with a goal of zero waste by 2035.

This spring, the Ecodistrict will recognize local and regional leaders whose approaches best model the way to community-based sustainability with our first awards dinner. Come toast these leaders and hear our keynote address how the triple bottom line is producing meaningful outcomes in our communities today. The event is April 13. Register on the website

Also in April, join us for our 3rd annual Eco Fair. We’ll be providing our community with educational workshops, kids’ activities, and sustainable resources in honor of Earth Month. Come celebrate with fellow Portland nonprofits and businesses that are making sustainability work for more people.

OCC_solar_panels.jpgOregon Convention Center's solar installation (image courtesy OCC)

             

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