Pando Days ’21

Pando Days is our annual flagship program that brings together educators from the arts, humanities, sciences, and technology to tackle the biggest sustainability challenges facing LA County. And asks them to inspire each other. And their students. And Angelenos. And the world. With ingenious new solutions and plans.

Los Angeles County has a master plan for sustainability called OurCounty LA. Participating Pando Days colleges and universities are targeting implementation of the County’s plan with full courses, studios, or labs dedicated to creating ingenious solutions that further one or more of the sustainability goals.

All institutions develop their Pando Days initiatives using the same process for project innovation and implementation. We support the school’s initiatives with research stipends, networking, brainstorming, consultation, and the opportunity for end-of-project seed funding.

Schools premiere their prototypes and work at the end of the year. All teams and outstanding projects are celebrated in the spring, after which the Pando Days program cycle relaunches.

Since its inception in 2019, Pando Days has accelerated development of sustainability initiatives across the Los Angeles Basin — developing real-world projects and plans for everything from edible salt-water gardens to artificial intelligence algorithms addressing homeless needs, from biodiversity solutions at the treetop level to green transportation in disadvantaged areas. 

Pando Days 2019/20 produced ten ingenious new projects, four of which got picked up by outside funders (Google and Mellon, among them), with community partners moving ahead on three additional initiatives.

LA County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl named Pando Days “the sustainability event of the year” for 2019/20.

Pando Days ’21

The 2021 season of Pando Days is currently underway, this time involving twelve Southland colleges and universities with thirteen separate initiatives.

Participating schools address challenges from the County’s sustainability plan that public agencies have identified as most urgent: transportation, shelter, community, and food.


Open call/food

Ready to be inspired? See the projects currently in development at the colleges now, in preparation for December premieres. And catch up on previous Pando Days projects.

Are you with a participating college or university team? Go here for Pando Days ’21 program specifications and schedule.

Pando Days ’21 Launch and Blitz Events

Pando Days ’21 launched with a virtual event in early March, following the notification of more than 50 Southland colleges and universities and soliciting their participation.

Two weeks later, legendary designer John Bielenberg teamed up with Brandt Williams to lead a Pando Blitz! It was a day of design thinking unlike anything you’ve experienced before. A virtual THINKNADO!

All-school sessions and individual team workshops were designed to help the college and university teams conceive the projects they will develop over the rest of the year, and premiere in December (see Schedule).

Thank you!

Pando Days is a collaboration with the CSO Taskforce for LA County and made possible in part by The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.

Pando Days 2019/20 Project Reviews

Welcome to the End…and the Beginning

How can we make Los Angeles families fall in love with our ocean?

What is the future of LA housing, and how can artificial intelligence help?

University of Southern California Dreams of Revolutionizing Freeways

The Innovation Engine from CalTech

The Resilience Project at Pasadena City College

Imagining Interconnected Foodways Across LA County

UCLA embarks on Year Two of Biophilia Treehouse

The good news.
Pando Days is succeeding.

Go here to see the best news.