Celebrating Sustainable Leadership: Highlights from the 5th Annual Model the Way Awards


By Burgin Utaski

This April, we hosted our annual Model the Way Awards. Thank you to our sponsors, award winners, and attendees who made this year’s event a success! The support you have shown us through the years makes all the difference in our organization. Thanks to you, we hit our fundraising goal of $25,000! The generous support of our sponsors and donors directly supports our projects focused on sustainability, resilience, and equity in Lloyd.

Our team had a great time connecting with Lloyd community members and partners. Check out the photo gallery below for images of some of the fun activities during the event, including a coloring wall, a Lloyd engagement activity with emoji stickers, and more!

We would also like to offer an extra shoutout to our two award winners this year, Animal.Plant.Mineral. and the Congressman Earl Blumenauer Bicycle & Pedestrian Bridge planning team! These groups exemplify the sustainable, creative, and equitable leadership essential to making Lloyd a better space for all. Read more about our winners below:

Bedrock Award: Animal.Plant.Mineral. 

Animal.Plant.Mineral. and shop owner Faith Jennings exemplify sustainable leadership in the Lloyd community through their sourcing of handmade, second-hand, and naturally sourced goods. The shop also emphasises sustainability in fashion through their clothing mending and repair services.

Aside from the beautiful storefront in the Lloyd Center, Jennings has also made strides in Lloyd community building and leadership. Last year, Animal.Plant.Mineral. hosted a series of fashion shows, using the mall’s sky bridge as a catwalk. Jennings also hosts public workshops to teach clothing mending and repair. As one of the longest tenants in Lloyd Center, Jennings has worked to pave the way for other community-oriented small businesses to experiment with a storefront in a traditional mall structure.

The impact of Animal.Plant.Mineral. has been felt by the Lloyd community. Their focus on sustainability and leadership in Lloyd is a testament to their emphasis on equity, resilience, and climate protection. 

Collaborator Award: Congressman Earl Blumenauer Bicycle & Pedestrian Bridge planning team 

Spearheaded by a diverse range of partners, including Go Lloyd, ZGF Architects, PBOT, and many more, the construction of the Blumenauer Bridge is an excellent recent example of collaborative problem-solving to address complex challenges in Lloyd.

With a demonstrated commitment to supporting sustainable, creative, and equitable partnerships, this group exemplifies collaborative partnership in Lloyd. Building a new bridge is no small feat! The development of the project took decades of behind-the-scenes work with the city, developers, and local stakeholders. The group offered regular project updates to the public, including at last year’s Lloyd Open House.

Additionally, the group thought about multiple uses for the bridge with an eye to community resiliency: it is built to withstand a 9.0 earthquake and provide a path for emergency vehicles to move between these two parts of the city. The group also made intentional efforts to integrate creative partnerships and involve the community.

Thank you!

Thank you again to all those who participated in the 5th annual Model the Way Awards. We can’t wait to see you at the next one! In the meantime, make sure to stay up to date on Lloyd events on our calendar and by following us on social media