Welcome to Pando.

We create hope through action.

We’re making the world a community of more resilient communities.

Pando is a positive impact accelerator.

We connect diverse people together and to our networks to grapple with big problems and gargantuan ideas.

We generate solutions and practical plans.

We get results — and make courageous things happen at a local level. In solidarity with the Earth and its people.

Accelerating hope
for the Southland,

Join us
Mar. – Dec. 2021


Pando Days ’21

2021 Season

Ten of the most creative college and university minds take on four challenges within the LA County sustainability plan.

Pando Days ’20


Ten Southland colleges and universities come together to implement County resiliency.

Magenta House – Events

Pop-up and neighborhood events teach water conservation and power efficiency.

Pilgrimage to Pando


Contemplative journey to the home of the largest living organism on Earth.

Roots. We’re inspired by Pando, the one-tree forest in remote southern Utah that interconnects and nurtures tens of thousands of trees through a common rootball.

Big ideas. Pando means we are interconnected. I belong to you, you belong to me, we belong to each other. It includes what Pope Francis describes as “integral ecology” and philosopher John Cobb sums up as “ecological civilization.”

Get with Pando. We’re uniting student designers with women who’ve taken lifelong vows of poverty, urban farmers with social impact entrepreneurs, philosophers, storytellers, producers, educators, activists, and sustainability officers.

We’d love your help!

Blog Posts

Magenta House goes to school

We are delighted to announce that Magenta House has become an official project of the Los Angeles Unified School District…

Strong Sustainability

Mark VanderSchaaf talks about the differences between “strong” and “weak” sustainability.

Blitz: Because our streets are their future

The Pando Days ’23 Blitz asks all participating college and university teams to reimagine LA bus stops.

The Pando Days ’23 Lineup!

An introduction to the 17 participating teams in Pando Days ’23.