Pando Populus is connecting change-makers to create hyper-local impact. Our aim is a more eco LA County.

Pando Populus produces education and communications initiatives and events, strategically chosen to help fast-track a more resilient LA County. We connect together a highly diverse group of partners from academic, government, faith, business, and activist communities to accomplish our work.  

The challenges we’re up against are big. Like creating culture shift in one of the world’s most diverse metropolitan areas. Producing change-maker initiatives that break out of silos. Busting past bureaucratic hurdles. And reaching across ideological and communication barriers.

Our inaugural event brought together 1,500 people from around the globe to rethink civilization in explicitly ecological terms.  John B. Cobb, Jr., pioneer at the intersection of philosophical theology and the environment and member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, served as intellectual architect.

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Since then, we’ve put shovels in the ground for an eco-homeless shelter. Developed community gardening and urban farming initiatives in the  cities of Carson and Ontario. Helped launch field-based education initiatives related to the region’s great watersheds.  Deepened interfaith collaboration for the Earth.  And created a remedy for burnout among local social justice and environmental change-makers.

We create capacity for our partners. And help them accomplish initiatives together that are difficult to pull off alone. Think old-fashioned barn-raisings, with an urban and eco twist.

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A taskforce of Chief Sustainability Officers has been formed to advise on the initiatives we launch and to coordinate with countywide sustainability work.

Read more about our Team.

We call the locations where our events take place, Pando Hubs. Recent and upcoming events include:


Citizen-scientist adventure to save the largest living organism on Earth.


LA County’s architecture and design community joins forces to take on Big Junk.


Six faith communities in LA’s Council District 5 come together to brainstorm sustainability education that changes the game.


A fully complimentary retreat for LA County social justice and environmental leaders who feel the need to recharge.


Making an impact in an economically, environmentally, and socially depressed area of South Central Los Angeles that sits adjacent to “Death Alley.”


Peer facilitation for best practices, innovation and consultation in creating a sustainable city.

“Pando launched with the biggest of big ideas – to rethink civilization with the Earth in mind. We’re now bringing those ideas down to Earth in LA County.”
— John Bielenberg

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