You, Lloyd EcoDistrict, & Earth Day Oregon

BPA Earth Month Volunteering

By Joshua Baker

Earth Day is here! 

For more than 50 years, the world has recognized Earth Day as a day of action. Earth Day has sparked ambitious actions through volunteerism, education and efforts to create a brighter future for all. This year, Lloyd EcoDistrict is making April 22 special by partnering with nonprofits across the state through the Earth Day Oregon campaign. 

Through collective efforts, we are working to AMPLIFY Earth Day and tackle the climate crisis together. On April 22, businesses and individuals will make donations to the nonprofits in Oregon that are helping to affect long-lasting change on a local and global level through swift, concerted initiatives. We hope you’ll join in with our Earth Day business partners Conserve Energy, Lloyd Center, and RWDI!

A Decade of Action

As we celebrate our 10th anniversary this year, our work to become the most sustainable neighborhood in America and tackle the issues stemming from climate change – remains as important as it did when leaders in Lloyd came together a decade ago to form the EcoDistrict. 

We’ve made progress on a variety of fronts, setting aggressive energy targets and charting a path to carbon neutrality by 2060. Our LED retrofit program, LAMP, recently installed our 10 thousandth LED and saves participants nearly 1.7 million kWh of electricity each year.

In other areas, we’ve expanded the definition of what it means to live in a sustainable neighborhood, elevating the role and hopes of houseless neighbors at Right 2 Dream Too, working to memorialize the life of Keaton Otis, and incorporating solar-power JuiceBox 3.0s into our community emergency preparedness campaigns.

This Earth Month, we particularly want to call attention to our campaign to Reimage and Rebuild Peace Memorial Park. In simple terms, the reimagining of this space today is to repair and replant the park with an eye toward plants and design which will not require as much landscape care, but create a beautiful serene spot to rest and take in the view.  Going a little deeper, the park will represent and include a wider and more diverse group of Portlanders from the many layers of the community who have called this area home. 

Specifically, we want to elevate the stories of this place in Portland; therefore, the interpretative panels that will surround the circle will help the community learn about the history of the eastern banks of the Willamette and the Lower Albina community. These stories, in addition to those brought to us by Veterans For Peace, are at the intersections of climate justice and peace, social justice and conflict, war at home and abroad, and our hopes for a better future. 

AMPLIFY Earth Day and our Work

Whether it’s on Earth Day, or any other day of the year, your support allows Lloyd EcoDistrict to implement local sustainable, resilient, and equity solutions to our climate crisis challenges. Your gifts help make this work possible. 

We hope you will join in the Earth Day Oregon campaign by showing your support for Lloyd EcoDistrict this month in honor of Earth Day and the promise of a more fair, just and sustainable planet and community. Support our specific work to rebuild Peace Memorial Park here or consider making a general donation to support a variety of energy, emergency preparedness, placemaking, and resiliency programs here.

Watch our Peace Memorial Park video to learn more!

Can’t donate, but still want to help? No problem! Share our work on social media or join one of our upcoming Peace Memorial Park/Lloyd neighborhood cleanups

Interested in getting involved in working towards a healthier planet and potentially winning a sweepstake or fun getaway? Join the #MyPlanetMyPledge campaign to do so by doing the following: 1) Make your pledge to a healthy planet 2) Create a sign showing that pledge 3) Hang that sign in your window, maybe you’ll even inspire a passerby! and 4) Take a picture of the sign and post it on social media with the hashtag #MyPlanetMyPledge. Make sure to tag and challenge a friend to also participate in #MyPlanetMyPledge. Lastly, follow Earth Day Oregon if you don’t already. The winner will be chosen randomly during the week following Earth Day. Click here to learn about what you could win!

Thank you to our Earth Day Oregon partners!