Lloyd EcoDistrict, in partnership with Portland Audubon Society, is launching the second annual Lights Out Lloyd campaign. Every fall, hundreds of thousands of birds migrate through Portland. Bright city lights can be confusing and even fatal to these travelers, who use stars for navigation. You can reduce your nighttime light pollution by taking a variety of simple actions. From lowering your blinds to taking a look around at your home lighting, there are many ways you can take the pledge and have an impact. Reducing lights at night is not only beneficial to our winged friends, but can help reduce utility costs and make it easier to see stars!
All summer long, Lloyd EcoDistrict will be sharing testimonies on our Facebook from residents and business owners who made the pledge last year to go Lights Out in Lloyd. We’ll also be hosting a number of field trips to promote the Lights Out campaign – including a guided walk through Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge and a group trip to see the Vaux’s Swifts. Registration for the Oaks Bottom trip is open,so RSVP today!
Whether you live or work in Lloyd, you can do your part to save birds, save energy, and see stars. Make a pledge to go Lights Out today. The first 450 to sign-up will receive either a Take the Pledge yard sign or a window cling!
Meet Kyle Andersen, recent board member and the first in our “Know Your Lloyd EcoDistrict Board MemberSeries.” We asked Kyle some get to know you questions.
1. What’s the most “Portland” thing you’ve ever done? The most recent Portland thing I did, and thought to myself, “this is kind of Portland-like”, was bowling at Grand Central wearing my Timbers jersey while watching the MLS championship on the big screen over the lanes.
2. Which living person do you most admire? And why? This is a tough one, since there are so many people I admire. Paul Hawken comes to mind. He is a brilliant mind in the advocacy of environmental stewardship with a focus on economy, which I believe is a necessary impetus to make change.
3. Which superhero power would you most like to have? Flight would have to be my all-time superhero power. Being invisible would be cool, but with flight you get to look down on things and see the bigger picture of the pattern and beauty. As a planner or architect this could give you immediate insight into expanding those patterns and finding new ones.
4. What is your greatest indulgence? My greatest indulgence has to be the balance of my work and my family. They give me purpose and bring greater meaning to my life. I’ve come to appreciate the nuances of a good whiskey. I’ve heard that it can even help fight off the common cold when you feel one sneaking up, and I’m inclined to believe it. Or at least, it couldn’t hurt to try!
5. What is your motto? This one is my own. I would rather fail being an optimist than succeed being a pessimist. Keeping in mind of course that true failure is not an option.
We need a volunteer with a truck or van to help us distribute and pick-up road closure signs for our upcoming intersection mural. We’ll need help the weekend of August 26-27. If you’re interested, please contact Devon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lloyd EcoDistrict is Sustainability at Work Certified!
We are excited to announce that the Lloyd EcoDistrict office is now officially Sustainability at Work certified! Our small office wants to spread the word about this great program – if you and your team have already made efforts to make your work space a little greener, celebrate your achievements with a SAW certification!
Want to know what other businesses and organizations are certified in Lloyd? Check out this nifty map.
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