Blazers promote ecodistrict with new display

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What exactly is a "living wall?" Click on the image to learn what the city, the Trail Blazers and Corix Utilities are trying to tell you.

The Portland Trail Blazers marked the end of the NBA's Green Week by unveiling another sustainability initiative at the Rose Garden Wednesday.

Teaming with Portland Mayor Sam Adams and Portland Development Commission Executive Director Patrick Quinton, the Trail Blazers unveiled a two-story display called a living wall which will aim to educate fans about Portland's ecodistrict program.

The Rose Garden is part of the Lloyd EcoDistrict, one of five pilot ecodistrict projects in Portland being driven through a partnership with the Portland Sustainability Institute.


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The Trail Blazers kicked off NBA Green Week by switching on 10 new electric vehicle chargers installed in Rose Garden garages.

The Trail Blazers partnered with the city and with Corix Utilities Inc. to design and install the living wall.

Brett Hodson, president and CEO of Vancouver, British Columbia-based Corix Utilities, said the wall is unique to Portland.

"It's what made the most sense, and aligned with our partners' goals to promote sustainability in the community," Hodson said.

Corix was tapped by the Portland Development Commission last October to help develop energy-saving district heat options for the Lloyd EcoDistrict.

That project is moving forward, Hodson said, with plans to extend the Rose Quarter's heating system to the Oregon Convention Center in 2013 or early 2014.

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