What is an EcoDistrict?

An EcoDistrict is a new model of urban development to empower just, sustainable, and resilient neighborhoods.

Neighborhoods sit at the heart of some of the most complex challenges facing cities today—and they are also the building blocks of sustainable cities.
Neighborhoods are small enough to innovate and realize the hopes and desires of a local community and big enough to leverage meaningful investment and public policy.
The EcoDistrict/Just Communities framework developed by EcoDistricts at the Partnership for Southern Equity guides communities to take a collaborative, holistic approach to develop and set achievable goals for prioritizing equity, resilience, and climate protection at the neighborhood level.
An EcoDistrict/Just Community is a community development framework for equity and regeneration. It is a rigorous international certification standard. It is also a continuing education and learning platform to support community leaders and city officials in their development work.
We're excited to announce our certification as an EcoDistrict/Just Community in summer 2022. This achievement reflects three years of collaborative visioning, planning, and engagement with hundreds of neighborhood stakeholders to shape the future of Lloyd.
Lloyd EcoDistrict is the first and only certified EcoDistrict/Just Community in Portland and Oregon, and the seventh globally.

Lloyd EcoDistrict Right Now

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How Lloyd Became an EcoDistrict

In 2018-2019, we created a plan to focus on equity, resilience, and climate protection. Due to the pandemic, progress paused in the first year, but in 2021-2022, we finished the certification application process, which involved:
  1. Conducting a thorough assessment of local plans and activities at neighborhood, city, county, and state levels.
  2. Organizing an in-person visioning session in October 2021 to gather community priorities.
  3. Carrying out a community-wide survey in November 2021, receiving over 200 responses.
  4. Hosting a virtual Town Hall in February 2022 to collect feedback and input.
  5. Holding multiple individual and small-group meetings with community stakeholders.
  6. Developing a 2030 roadmap for Lloyd based on synthesized feedback, including benchmarks and target goals across various priorities such as place, prosperity, health & wellbeing, connectivity, living infrastructure, resource regeneration, and peace, with a focus on equity, resilience, and climate protection.
  7. Identifying strategies for achieving each target goal and assessed their logistical and financial feasibility.
  8. Submitting an 80-page application in spring 2022.

Lloyd Past & Present

Indigenous communities have been the original stewards of the land that is today called Lloyd since time immemorial. The Lloyd neighborhood, and the City of Portland, occupies the traditional and stolen ancestral lands of the Cowlitz, Clackamas, Bands of Chinook, Kathlamet, Multnomah, Tualatin Kalapuya, Wasco, and many other tribes who made their homes along the Willamette and Columbia Rivers.
Lloyd has a long history of both tension and transformation. Throughout much of the last century, the majority of Portland’s Black community lived in Lower Albina, which overlaps with Lloyd, due to discriminatory real estate and banking practices.


14-13,000 B.P.
Indigenous People in Oregon

Sketch by artist Alfred T. Agate depicts a Kalapuyan man dressed in pre-contact fashion. Courtesy Oregon Encyclopedia

Indigenous people visit the Paisley Caves in south-central Oregon, leaving behind carbon-dated evidence.

Early 1800s
White Settlers Arrive in Oregon

Farmers cut, thresh, and sack wheat in early 1900s Oregon. OSA, Accession 88A-057

In the 1800s, over 50,000 white settlers came to Oregon and began driving out indigenous communities.

Indigenous People in Oregon

Several Wishram Indians travel along the Columbia River in a raised-prow, Chinook-style canoe in this undated photo. Courtesy Library of Congress

By the mid-1840s, it is estimated that the area’s indigenous population had decreased by as much as 90% due to disease.

The City of Portland

Portland was incorporated as a city in 1851.

Oregon Statehood

Oregon becomes a state in 1859—the only state with a constitution that banned Black people from entering, residing in, or holding property in the state.

Passage of the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments

Lower Albina in 1928. Courtes Portland Archives & Records Management.

Though Oregon’s descriminatory laws were superseded by the passage of the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments, the Black population was small in Portland at the turn of the 20th century. Many of those who did live in Portland lived in Lower Albina, part of present-day Lloyd.

Albina Community Plan Released

In 1993, the City of Portland released the Albina Community Plan with policy recommendations for land use, transportation, and employment.

The Vanport Flood

Vanport flood victims in 1948. Courtesy Multnomah County Library

On Memorial Day in 1948, the Columbia River roared downstream fifteen feet above the flood plain in Portland, destroying Vanport, then the largest public housing project in the United States. The flood left 18,000 people homeless. For the former Black Vanport residents, there was only one area in the city of Portland, the Lower Albina neighborhood, in which African Americans were able to purchase homes.

Further displacement of Black communities in Portland

Construction of the Memorial Coliseum, April 2, 1960. Courtesy Oregon Hist. Soc. Research Lib., Orhi5609

In the second half of the 20th century, urban renewal projects meant the displacement of Black communities yet again. Oregon began building a state-wide freeway system, and in 1954, Portland voters approved the building of Memorial Coliseum—both in Lower Albina. These projects, and others, razed large swaths of Black homes and thriving businesses and pushed Black residents further north in the city. This trend in Portland mirrored trends across the country, where Black communities bore the brunt of property loss and relocation to make way for state-sponsored infrastructure investment.

Lloyd Neighborhood Identified as Potential “EcoDistrict”

Volunteers at a Peace Memorial Park cleanup

In the spring of 2009, the Lloyd neighborhood was identified as a potential “EcoDistrict” based on discussions between the City of Portland, the Portland Development Commission (PDC; now Prosper Portland), the Portland Sustainability Institute (PoSI), and key neighborhood property owners interested in creating a green district. A Governor-designated Oregon Solutions project brought these key stakeholders together and established the Lloyd Green District Oregon Solutions Project Team. This team was convened by then-Mayor Sam Adams, Multnomah County Commissioner Jeff Cogan, and Metro President David Bragdon to create a Lloyd Green District Guidance Strategy.

Lloyd EcoDistrict Formally Funded

Several years after its 2011 inception, Lloyd EcoDistrict was formally funded by the Lloyd Enhanced Services District, which committed to provide direct support to Lloyd EcoDistrict until 2024. As its work developed, Lloyd EcoDistrict as an organization became a 501(c)(3), and the mission and vision expanded to include a wider definition of sustainability, and a more inclusive view of the community beyond businesses.

Albina Community Investment Plan Enacted

The Lloyd District today

In 2021, Albina Vision Trust introduced an Albina Community Investment Plan, which seeks to create a framework for an inclusive community in Lower Albina while also healing the wounds of previous urban development that displaced and disempowered Portland’s Black community.

Lloyd EcoDistrict Achieves Certification