We turn hopes and worries into action to solve the world’s biggest problems. And we’re succeeding.


Pando works at the intersection of public agencies and education for sustainability.

We create service learning opportunities for higher ed, K12, and community-based organizations, and support professional development. Our programs are project-driven, transdisciplinary, and values-oriented — values of the Earth and its people.


The people behind Pando

Eugene Shirley
Founding President

John Bielenberg
Creative Director

Tucker Nichols
Artist in Residence

Michael Braley
Design Director


How we work

We use our own process of project acceleration to create ingenious solutions to countywide sustainability challenges. We bring diverse people and organizations together in new ways. And deliver innovative ideas and practical plans with measurable impact.


Our networks

We develop and nurture the networks we need to help support implementation of sustainability goals and advise on all aspects of project development.

Pandotopia is a network of women religious and others who are radically committed to the vision of integral ecology. We launched the network with a multi-day Blitz in the summer of 2018.

The CSO Strategic Taskforce includes Chief Sustainability Officers from academic, business, government, and NGO institutions across LA County and is a collaborative initiative with Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz.


Partners & Sponsors

We collaborate with some 70 Southland organizations to catalyze for regional sustainability.


More about Pando

Pando Populus is a 501(c)3 nonprofit founded in the fall of 2014. Our inaugural conference was held on the campus of Pomona College in Claremont, CA in June of 2015 for some 1,600 people. The event, titled “Seizing an Alternative: Toward an Ecological Civilization,” explored more than eighty different tracks in the sciences and humanities, rethinking civilization along ecological lines. John B. Cobb, Jr. was the intellectual architect of the conference and is Pando’s founding chair.

Our values reflect the interconnectedness of all things. We take our name from the largest organism on Earth, a giant quaking aspen and one-tree forest named Pando.