MEET THE TEAM

Burgin Utaski
Pollinator Placemaking Intern

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. After receiving her Bachelor’s, Burgin is planning on pursuing higher education in Urban Studies and Development. 

She is interested in equity issues between climate or sustainability initiatives and community resiliency, specifically the ways in which urban redevelopment and “green” initiatives have historically caused the displacement of residential populations. She uses her experience with historical research to understand the complicated dynamics of the built environment and to work towards including all stakeholders in conversations moving forward. Burgin is also passionate about urban gardens and improving public transportation systems. 

Some of Burgin’s favorite activities include going on long urban walks, tending to her houseplants, and hosting dinner parties with her housemates. 

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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.

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 and before college spent a year living in Florianópolis, Brazil. After receiving her undergraduate degree, Julia is planning on pursuing higher education in Public Health and Natural Resource Management.

She is passionate about the intersection of environmental progress and public engagement, and strives to bring this enthusiasm and experience to her position at Lloyd EcoDistrict. She is interested in how people engage with environmental issues, and is committed to identifying optimal ways to weave sustainability into the modernity of today’s world. 

In her free time, Julia enjoys traveling to the coast, taking long hikes, painting, and reading, including some of her favorite novels numerous times over.