The Pando Sustainability Awards honor the project-based work of LA’s young people and practical visionaries who care. The 2024 event celebrated the successes of Pando Days and Magenta House projects produced over the 2023 season, and the Camp Pando launch.

The Pando Awards celebrate the amazing work of young people in developing a more sustainable California Southland and world.

Hosted at Caltech in the spring each year, the event showcases the work of higher-ed students and professors involved in the Pando Days program, middle schoolers from Magenta House, and informal learners from Camp Pando. Awards are given out based on the decisions of a distinguished panel of sustainability and social-impact professionals.

The event provides a unique opportunity for teams to move their projects forward with support from local communities, and involves public agencies, businesses, NGOs, philanthropists, sustainability professionals, and media.

2024 Pando Awards keynote speaker was Betty Yee, Vice-Chair of the California Democratic Party and former California State Controller. Special Guest presentations included Gregory Boyle, SJ, founder of Homeboy Industries and recipient of Pando’s Lifetime Achievement Award; Rita Kampalath, LA County Chief Sustainability Officer; Pando founding Chair John B. Cobb, Jr., and more. Pando Vice Chair Ed Bacon moderated the event.

It’s the sustainability event of the year! To see the whole event program, go HERE. To see photos, go HERE.

2024 winners

The Pando Awards honor outstanding achievement in the prior program season.

Pando Days awardees from the 2023 season include the following (note, for more information, see the full program and range of projects):

Magenta House awardees from the ’23-’24 season include the following (note, for more information, see the full program and project range.

Practical Visionaries Who Care:

Every year, we honor those in Southern California who are making a difference for young people of all ages in sustainability. We honor them in the following categories: the Immortal Earthkeeper Award for Lifetime Achievement, Earth Visionary, Earth Champion, and Earth Guardian. Honorees are given fine art prints by Pando Artist-in-Residence Tucker Nichols.

Immortal Earthkeeper Award
Earth Visionary Award
Earth Champion Award
Earth Guardian Award
Fr. Gregory Boyle, recipient of Pando’s Immortal Earthkeeper Award for Lifetime Achievement, addressing the April 14, 2024 crowd.


Immortal Earthkeeper Award for Lifetime Achievement:
Father Greg Boyle, founder of Homeboy Industries

Earth Visionary Award:
Kaiser Permanente Community Health Fund, Metropolitan Water District, LA County Sanitation Districts, LA United School District, LA Department of Water and Power, Clean Power Alliance, Calpine Energy Solutions, LA County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Alexandria Technology, Plante Moran, California Institute of Technology, Floe Financial Partners, John Buchanan, John B. Cobb, Jr., Jay and Bonnie Farbstein

Earth Champion Award:
Holly Mitchell, Lindsey Horvath, Katy Yaroslavsky, Jason Lyon

Earth Guardian Award:
Betty Yee, Rita Kampalath, Mikala Rahn, Maximilian Christman

Pando Sustainability Awards Host Committee: Jane Close Conoley, President, California State University, Long Beach; Christian Cruz, Senior Community Outreach Manager, Clean Power Alliance; Mick Dalrymple, Chief Sustainability Officer, University of Southern California; Karen Hofmann, President, ArtCenter College of Design; Rita Kampalath, Chief Sustainability Officer, County of Los Angeles; Paul Koretz, Los Angeles City Councilmember Emeritus, 5th District; Paul Krekorian, President, Los Angeles City Council and Member, 2nd District; Ann McElaney-Johnson, President, Mount Saint Mary’s University; Peter Laugharn, President, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation; Heidrun Mumper-Drumm, Chair, Chief Sustainability Officers Taskforce; John Onderdonk, Assistant Vice President for Facilities Operations and Services, Caltech; Ravi S. Rajan, President, California Institute of the Arts (CalArts); Kecia Washington, Director of Innovation, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.

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Thank you!

Pando Days is a collaboration with the CSO Taskforce for LA County with the ’22 season made possible in part by the support of our generous partners: