MEET THE TEAM

Sarah Heinicke
Executive Director

In her capacity as Executive Director of the Lloyd EcoDistrict, Sarah works with the board and other district stakeholders to inspire action and implement our vision of being the most sustainable neighborhood in North America. Sarah brings her depth of experience in development, market forces, sustainability, community outreach, and project management to deliver a uniquely integrated approach to the EcoDistrict concept.

When she is not leading the Lloyd EcoDistrict, she is the principal of Verditas, a consulting firm that specializes in sustainability planning, public involvement and strategic investment of economic development resources.

She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago and a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning degree from Portland State University. She holds a graduate real estate development certificate and is a LEED Accredited Professional. Sarah is a cyclist, avid cook, soap maker, tap dancer and master nick-namer.

Joshua Baker
Outreach Program Manager

As the Outreach Program Manager for Lloyd EcoDistrict Joshua coordinates the various programs and outreach events that support the goals of Lloyd EcoDistrict.

Joshua has nearly a decade of outreach and program management experience at renewable energy and social justice non-profits. This includes overseeing solar outreach and education programs with Solar Oregon, coordinating a renewable energy leadership development program at Focus the Nation, and organizing campaigns and training initiatives at Mt. Hood Community College with the Oregon Student Association. Most recently, he managed best practice programs and events for utility company staff across the western United States and Canada with the Western Energy Institute.

Passionate about climate change and energy issues, Joshua is also pursuing a Graduate Certificate in Energy Policy and Management at Portland State University. He is also an EcoDistricts Accredited Professional (AP), the only credential demonstrating a commitment to creating sustainable, equitable neighborhoods that meet the EcoDistricts Certified standard.

He is an avid walker and bus user. In his free time, you’ll often find him drinking too much coffee at local cafes, out at music shows, or hiking and camping in Eastern Oregon.

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Emma Butterfield
Communications Intern

Emma is an undergraduate senior at Portland State University pursuing a degree in Communications with a minor in Writing.

She is passionate about alternative transportation,
particularly commuting by bike. She is also interested in protecting the local area’s natural resources as much as possible through park clean-ups, beach clean-ups, and ecologically beneficial activities. She hopes to spread the word about these activities while bringing the community together towards this common positive cause. She also plans on applying her communication and writing skills to craft informational and engaging content about sustainability and urban environmental issues. By doing so, she strives to help uplift and empower Portland’s community and join forces with those around her to work towards a healthier and more ecologically healthy city.

During her free time, Emma enjoys biking, exploring local trails by foot, creating typography,
and cooking plant-based meals.