Meet Our Summer Interns!

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. We asked Burgin and Julia to share a bit about themselves below.

Get to know Burgin!

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. We asked Burgin a few extra questions below so you can get to know her better!

Favorite book/movie/tv show – what are you watching right now?

This is always a tough question, but one of my recent favorites is Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Currently, I am reading The Dutch House by Ann Patchett. Some of my favorite movies are Little Miss Sunshine, Moonlight, and 20th Century Women. My go-to TV shows are Pose and New Girl.

Do you have a personal sustainability/resiliency goal or project for the year?

My sustainability goal for the next year is to be intentional with the actions or processes I make. I am thinking about this specifically within the context of finishing my thesis for my Environmental Studies degree, wanting to make sure I center ideas of resiliency and justice when talking about sustainable urban planning/development. On a smaller note, I would like to focus on intentionality with the things I purchase, avoiding the “maximalist” design tendencies I seem to have! 

What are you most excited about working on with Lloyd EcoDistrict?

I am most looking forward to assisting Lloyd EcoDistrict in the early stages of revamping/renovating Peace Memorial Park. The project speaks to me especially as someone studying history and who is deeply interested in the changes urban spaces go through throughout time. I appreciate Lloyd EcoDistrict’s commitment to including history into the design of the space, recognizing the park as the land of local Indigenous tribes, as the former neighborhood of displaced Portland residents, and as a monument to lives lost due to war. From a neighborhood wellbeing and community standpoint too, this park has lots of potential to be a prominent gathering space in the area, which has a series of benefits.

Get to know Julia!

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 Julia a few extra questions below so you can get to know her better!

Favorite book/movie/tv show – what are you watching right now?

Favorite books are always so hard to choose! I feel like I am always coming back to the book The Girls of Corona Del Mar by Stephen Thorne. As for movies I absolutely love Across the Universe (highly recommended if you like the Beatles)! For TV shows I will never stop rewatching Gilmore Girls or New Girl.

What are you most excited about working on with Lloyd EcoDistrict?

I am most excited to be working on an ongoing project for two screenings of a short film called the “Connectivity Project” by director Rose Madrone. This project in particular is engaging for me as I have loved being able to work with the director along with other prominent members of the community with pollinator expertise for our panel. It has been rewarding to work towards Lloyd EcoDistrict’s goals of creating a sustainable and equitable district that works to reach out beyond Lloyd to call to action other communities and individuals.

Do you have a personal sustainability/resiliency goal or project for the year?

Personal sustainability goals I have for this year are to try and understand better the intersections between resource management and accessibility. Broadly speaking, my research as I work towards my undergraduate degree is primarily focused around water as a resource and how it is allocated publicly and privately. I want to better understand the inequities of this kind of resource management as I move forward in my degree and work. Like Burgin, I also want to move out of the maximalist mindset I have had the majority of my life and bring more intention to my purchases.  

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