Magenta House ’22

Magenta House launched its prototype civic engagement program in water and power sustainability for middle school students in 2022. Learn more about the program at

In 2022, twelve teachers and administrators committed to the program, representing 4 schools, 11 teams, 82 students, 2,800 hours of learning time, and 9 completed projects. Projects ranged from innovative shoe repair kits to worm composting systems; from educational campaigns to at-school compost programs.

After a successful prototype, Magenta House has signed an official contract with LAUSD to continue its work in schools for the next five years. 

GO HERE to see student work from the 2022 Accelerator for the 2022 Expo and find out who won!

How it works

The Accelerator is designed to integrate with existing science, sustainability, English, civics, service learning, and other curricula and fit with a range of learning levels and needs.

The program may be used in-whole or in-part. It may be implemented virtually, in-person, or in hybrid settings. We support both formal and informal learning environments.

Read our ‘How it works’ deck here.


Participating schools


The Magenta House Accelerator and Expo were developed in collaboration with the Office of LA City Councilmember Paul Koretz, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), and the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD).

Magenta House Team: Eugene Shirley, Amy Goldberg, John Bielenberg, Michael Braley, Alexi Caracotsios, Betsy Hunter, Marc O’Brien, Cecile Stuart, Brandti Williams.

Advisors: Liz Tesolin Hamilton, Chris Lohse, Matthew Manos, Monica Molina, Shirley Sarraf, Andy Shrader.

Related Programs

Magenta House Expo

A middle school student showcase for their most innovative water and power sustainability solutions.

Magenta House – Resources

Educational outreach provides homeowners and renters alike DIY tools to turn their homes Magenta.

UseMore Campaign

UseMore publicity campaign spurs more conversations about using less.

Magenta House – Events

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

Water & Power Blitz

Magenta House was conceived in a Blitz.