Magenta House

We’re painting Los Angeles Magenta and need your help (no buckets of paint required, but bring all your water- and power-saving devices and know-how)! The program is for middle and high school students with a passion for the region they call home and the future they’ll be inheriting.

Magenta House is a student-led program leading the way to a water-wise and power-conscious Southland. 

The program includes a science fair-like Expo showcasing water and power sustainability projects developed by middle and high school students; and a professionally-designed Accelerator program to help students deliver winning Expo submissions. 

The Magenta House program marks the first time that a project accelerator has been coupled with a science fair opportunity for sustainability. 

The Expo and Accelerator are supported with these resources: 

  • extensive online educationreadable articles and expert videos on everything water- and power-related; 
  • a communications campaign – that attracts the attention of even those who are dead set to ignore water- and power-messaging, and
  • a pop-up demonstration house showcasing a full range of sustainability solutions for students and their families. 

Magenta House is a civic engagement program focused on project-centered learning. It spans traditional disciplines, offers STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) opportunities, and can meet service learning requirements. 

The idea was conceived during a Water and Power brainstorming Blitz which brought diverse communities together with the design, architecture, and landscape programs from local higher educational institutions.

The aim: to re-imagine homes across Los Angeles Council District 5 into models of efficiency and conservation that stand out from the crowd – as if they were painted top to bottom magenta.

We hope to turn the whole of Los Angeles Magenta, toward an energy-efficient and water-conscious future, with LA’s youth leading the way.


Participating schools

Magenta House Seasons

Magenta House Expo

2022 Season

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

Magenta House Accelerator

2022 Season

Middle School and High School teams innovate a water-wise and power-conscious future for LA.

Magenta House – Resources

2020-21 Season

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

UseMore Campaign

2019 Season

UseMore publicity campaign spurs more conversations about using less.

Magenta House – Events

2019 Season

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

Water & Power Blitz

2018 Season

Magenta House was conceived in a Blitz.

Selected Blog Posts

Magenta House: teaching civic engagement when civil society is under threat

Thank you!

Magenta House Accelerator and Expo are initiatives of Pando Populus made possible by Los Angeles Department of Water and Power in association with Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz.