Register now – Pando Days ’21 Finale January 16

“Saved the World from Total Destruction” – art by Tucker Nichols

Register now – Pando Days ’21 Finale January 16

By   |  Jan. 10, 2022

Yes there is hope for LA! And the Pando Days ‘21 Finale will give you eleven reasons to be more hopeful than ever on Sunday, January 16 at 11:00 a.m. over Zoom. REGISTER NOW

All eleven Pando Days ‘21 projects have been under review by a panel of judges since they premiered in early December and will be showcased at the Finale, the last event of the Pando Days ‘21 season. 

We will hear the judges’ decisions, honor all of the amazing projects, and learn of potential next-step opportunities from partners across categories: transportation, shelter, community, and food. 

Special guests include Gary Gero, CSO (Chief Sustainability Officer) for LA County, Jose Ramirez, Los Angeles Deputy Mayor for Homelessness Initiatives, and leading sustainability professionals from throughout the Southland. 

Judges have assessed the Pando Days ‘21 projects on the basis of a four-part criteria, equally weighted:

  • Interpretation and application of challenge/LA county goals,
  • Responsiveness to community stakeholders,
  • Innovation (new approaches) and/or creativity (execution of ideas), and
  • Implementation strategy and viability.

A statistician tallied the votes. 

Judge Chris Rhie of Buro Happold, and the person most responsible for drafting the plan that Pando Days aims to implement, writes: “It is incredibly fun and inspiring to see how these teams have taken the LA County Sustainability Plan and developed fresh ideas for our region.”  

Katherine Miller, former Chief Sustainability Officer of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and a member of the three-judge panel, summed up:  “I am in awe of the work done to date with Pando Days, and…feel our communities are better because of it.” 

Mike Wallace, Senior Vice President of Persefoni and another Pando Days judge, comments, “All these project concepts are outstanding. It has been hard to pick just three winners. Nonetheless, there are some projects better positioned to have immediate impact and that can quickly scale.”

Winners will receive a cash prize and artist Tucker Nichols’ trophy print titled “Saved the World from Total Destruction.” All Pando Days ‘21 participants will be given the opportunity to engage in next-step discussions with their Category Partners from transportation, shelter, community, and food. 

Don’t miss out – go here to REGISTER FOR THE FINALE now! 


Complete list of Pando Days ‘21 contender presentations

In the Transportation Category, three teams focused on more effectively introducing green-transportation and EV vehicles to the City of Cudahy:

In the Shelter Category, three teams presented solutions to better serve the needs of LA’s unhoused population at Skid Row:

In the Community Category, three teams created plans for developing a pocket park in LA’s Pico Union district to address multiple sustainability needs:

In the Open Call Category, two teams utilized geographic mapping tools to address food system sustainability issues in Pomona and beyond: 

Members of the Pando writing team include Rich Binell, Alexi Caracotsios, Amy Goldberg, Rebecca Schmitt, and Eugene Shirley.