The Pando story isn’t really about Pando.

It’s about a shining glimmer of hope in the bumper-to-bumper place that we love. It’s about LA. It’s about Angelenos. It’s about our better angels.

Educators, students, architects, designers, government officials, politicians, policymakers, citizens, activists, ecologists, business people, bankers, lawyers, engineers, philosophers, entrepreneurs, writers, producers, artists, gardeners, chefs, nuns and sisters, and even gangsters. 

The people behind Pando

Eugene Shirley
Founding President

Aubrey Burgess
Graphic Designer

Mark Eckhardt
Board Member

John B. Cobb, Jr.
Founding Board Chair

What we do

We innovate at the intersection of education and public agencies to implement the goals of Los Angeles County’s sustainability plan. We have our own project acceleration process for creating positive impact.

We’re not talking about just talking. The mission of Pando is to organize the ones who create, and build, and fight. The ones who still have hope. To bring them together.

To motivate them to turn hope and enthusiasm into real-world action and ingenious programs to solve huge problems. Like trash, food, homelessness, climate, water, loneliness, extinction, jobs, and sustainability for — and with — the ten million people who call LA home.

For a brighter and better future.

No one else is innovating Southland sustainability like Pando.

How we work

We use our own project acceleration process to take on issues that matter to us and to LA’s future. Our process includes leveraging the County’s talent pool in new ways to deliver innovative ideas and practical plans with measurable impact.

CSO Taskforce

The CSO (Chief Sustainability Officer) Taskforce is an advisory network of LA County’s sustainability professionals. It focuses on broad, regional sustainability matters and supports a professional-community collaboration model that aims to help implement the County’s sustainability goals.

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.

Collaborators & Sponsors

We collaborate with some 70 Southland organizations and dozens of funders 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.

Like to connect? We’d love to hear from you! Email: Or reach us off-line: 8391 Beverly Blvd. #460, Los Angeles, CA 90048. Phone: 310-428-6406.