Register now – Pando Days ’21 Finale January 16
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:
- Cal State University, Long Beach – SYSTEMS APPROACH: A solution for local transportation with a global impact
- Mount Saint Mary’s University – MAPPING CUDAHY’S AIR: Using portable air sensors to map patterns of air quality
- Otis College of Art and Design – EV TESTCAST: Marketing EV in Cudahy
In the Shelter Category, three teams presented solutions to better serve the needs of LA’s unhoused population at Skid Row:
- Southern California Institute of Architecture – MEGA MICROS: Small housing on a large urban scale for an underserved population
- University of Southern California – URBAN COOLING: Bringing climate justice to skid row
- Woodbury University – MOBILE COOLING ROOMS OF LOS ANGELES: Mobile cooling walls employ an ancient technology in a modern application
In the Community Category, three teams created plans for developing a pocket park in LA’s Pico Union district to address multiple sustainability needs:
- California Institute of the Arts – ANCHOR ISLAND: A mobile performance stage for community engagement
- LA Trade Technical College – DESIGN BY COMMUNITY: A unique tool kit to catalyze community participation in the design of public space
- Otis College of Art and Design – P3: An architectural green print
In the Open Call Category, two teams utilized geographic mapping tools to address food system sustainability issues in Pomona and beyond:
- Cal State University, Northridge – OPEN GARDEN: Download App. Unlock Gardens. Reimagine equitable foodscapes in Pomona.
- Cal Poly Pomona – FOODWAYS CONNECTION: Mapping food resources to build food security in LA