In 2014, Lloyd EcoDistrict negotiated a partner agreement with Green Building Services to provide support for our energy efficiency programs. as a Energy Trust of Oregon Trade ally, they are helping the district adopt ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager®, an internationally standardized online service allowing property managers to track energy, water usage and combined greenhouse gas emissions. Recently, GBS has generously taken over the primary data maintenance and additional support to these businesses as featured in a comprehensive 2014 ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager® summary report. GBS’s data management, development of metrics and reporting assistance has been instrumental in demonstrating the value of initiatives outlined in our energy action Plan, which are essential in progressing towards our greater district energy conservation goal.Our partnership with GBS has been instrumental in significantly expanding our capacity related to energy efficiency.
We were selected by PSU to receive support through their Sustainable neighborhoods Initiative, funded through a 10-year, $20 million Miller Foundation Grant. We are one of four in a cohort of other neighborhood-scale initiatives in Portland.This initiative currently provides:Curricula-based MBA department support access to University development and communications resources, essential to program performance. Staff-level expertise in areas such as meeting facilitation and capacity building. Student intern assistance for 15 hrs/week working directly within our office. All of these aspects represent opportunities for growth and a tremendous vote of confidence in Lloyd EcoDistrict. We hope to expand this partnership program to allow us to facilitate academic offerings related to our work and programs, and to develop crucial, associated positions within the Lloyd EcoDistrict to maximize the value between the community and the University.
In 2014 the EcoDistrict moved from its former location in the Leftbank hive to a 1000+sf office space donated by Lloyd Center (Cypress equities). Since then we have partnered with the mall on a number of outreach related events: Our age-Friendly Campaign directly benefited several stores in the mall while allowing us to better understand the limits and constraints retailers face overall in providing value and service to customers. Lloyd Center also provides frequent use of their community rooms and their staff have been tireless supporters of LDCA and national night out, events and organizations which we actively support. In the spring, Lloyd EcoDistrict partnered with Lloyd Center on our biggest event yet—the Eco Fair. The financial, logistical, and moral support the mall gave the EcoDistrict in pulling off the Eco Fair really cannot be overstated. We were able to leverage the very capable marketing team’s expertise and efforts to produce a fun, well managed, educational event for residents and employees in the district. We look forward to working with their team in the future on similar events.
Over the past two years we’ve received critical support from metro. headquartered in the district, metro has provided financial support and leadership in the areas of corridor development (i.e. innovative Lloyd Street Smart Program), materials management, and board participation. They effectively covered the financial costs of two of our major materials management initiatives: the materials baseline analysis produced by Community environmental Services, and our materials management Implementation Plan. The plan takes the baseline to its important next step—actionable projects to help the district reach our zero waste goals.In addition to these support roles provided by metro, they are also a primary funder of the Regional Transportation Options (RTO) Grant. This grant has allowed us to explore and expand how to share sustainable concepts via outreach and special events that have proved invaluable in our growth and success.
Our partnership with elders in action (EIA) is an excellent example of how focused community development and investment pays long-term dividends for everyone in the district. The Age-Friendly Campaigns (AFCs) trained local senior volunteers to provide feedback to businesses on making their customer service and facilities more elder-friendly and accessible. For EIA, this proved a useful way to pilot new approaches to expanding their programs across the city, as well as connecting seniors with sustainability concepts. For Lloyd EcoDistrict it has been a mutually beneficial method of engaging two key demographics in the district: seniors, who make up 25% of our resident population, and the businesses who serve them. Our vision of a sustainable living and working district includes an engaged, empowered resident population with connections to their local businesses; the AFCs are making that happen. all of this continues to pay off in visible, valuable ways for the EcoDistrict by helping us develop stronger relationships within the district that support a platform for future engagement within our key performance areas.