We help Angelenos take on our biggest challenges.
We produce programs and single events that increase civic engagement. Our programs are for higher ed, K-12, professionals in sustainability, and faith communities. .
These extend over successive seasons.
Pando Days Series
Yes, there is hope for LA! Because we have a not-so-secret goal. To connect educators and college students to a big plan. The one that really matters. The Los Angeles County Sustainability Plan—the boldest regional sustainability plan in the nation. With dedicated courses and labs that implement real-world projects to help meet our biggest sustainability challenges.
Pando Days ’23
Pando Days ’23 brings together colleges and universities from across the Southland to solve local sustainability challenges.
Pando Days ’22
Pando Days ’22 brings 15 colleges and universities together to create a more sustainable region.
Pando Days ’21
Ten of the most creative college and university minds take on four challenges within the LA County sustainability plan.
Pando Days 2019-20
Southland colleges and universities come together with courses, studios, and labs to build County sustainability.
Magenta House Series
Magenta House is Pando Days for middle school, but with a water and power focus. The program features a full-service project Accelerator with an end-of-project Expo showcase.
Magenta House ’23
Magenta House ’23 challenges middle school students across LAUSD to create water and power sustainability projects.
Magenta House ’22
Magenta House’s program for civic engagement launched across four different middle schools in 2022.
Junk Battle asks students to do something fabulous with their waste stream — and showcase their work in a competition. Prototyped in 2018 for higher ed, we’re bringing it to high schools in 2024!
Junk Battle 2
Junk Battle premieres for high schools in 2024. Stay tuned! Read about the prototype launch of Junk Battle 2018 in…
Countywide architecture and design schools take on big junk. Precursor of Pando Days.
LA’s CSO taskforce brings sustainability professionals from across LA County together to focus on regional issues as a whole. The Taskforce holds Countywide meetings, hosts professional development events, and provides qualified volunteer opportunities.
Seminar: planning Southland sustainability
Coming soon! Regional planner Mark VanderSchaaf’s seminar based on his groundbreaking book.
Peer-to-peer education and innovation for sustainability professionals drawn from LA County’s 88 cities.
Pandotopia programs focus civic engagement on communities of faith and are profoundly diverse and interfaith. We offer opportunities to unplug, recharge, and connect across generations and traditions for Countywide service.
Pilgrimage to Pando
Contemplative journey to the home of the largest living organism on Earth.
Where LA County’s justice and sustainability leaders go to unplug and recharge.
Reimagining religious campuses as hubs of community resilience.
We produce single events that respond opportunistically to needs and prototype new ideas that might be worth taking for a longer ride.
This is an in-residence arts and humanities opportunity aiming both to contribute to Pando’s mission and to the Fellow’s own artistic, research, or service work.
Maru spent her time growing “plastic” and re-building soil and community as a fellow.
Aubrey spent her time photographing and facilitating events as well as designing educational materials as a fellow.
Yogan spent a short weekend photographing trees, reconnecting with nature and finding an artistic direction as a fellow.
Geneva helped launch the Pando at Maryknoll program, painted murals, grew produce and helped manage the Magenta House program as a fellow.
Philosophy & faith
County Goal #1: Resilience
County Goal #2: Buildings
County Goal #3: Land
County Goal #4: Economy
County Goal #5: Biodiversity
County Goal #6: Re-creation
County Goal #7: Climate
County Goal #8: Mobility
County Goal #9: Resources
County Goal #10: Food
County Goal #11: Governance
County Goal #12: Partnerships
COLLABORATORS & SCHOOLS
Cal Poly Pomona
Cal State Long Beach
City of Cudahy
CSO Strategic Taskforce
LA City Councilmember Paul Koretz
LA Department of Water and Power
LA City Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti, Homelessness Initiative
LA Trade Tech College/Architecture