Pando Days ’21


Pando Days ’21 brings together the most creative minds within higher education from the arts, humanities, sciences, and technology to tackle the biggest sustainability challenges facing Southern California.

Los Angeles County has a master plan for sustainability called OurCounty LA. The plan sets out to enrich the region through justice and community resilience.

With the help of Southland colleges and universities, Pando Days takes up the challenge of implementing the plan — by catalyzing a range of higher ed courses, labs, or studios over the fall of 2021 that are specially designed to create ingenious solutions to the County’s biggest problems. The projects that are developed premiere at the end of the year.

We offer research stipends, advisory and public agency support, and the opportunity for end-of-project seed funding.

Pando Days 2019/20, tackled issues from across the spectrum of the County’s goals. Ten southland colleges and universities developed initiatives for the program. Four were picked up by funders for prototype development: SCI-Arc’s, UCLA’s, Woodbury’s, and LA Trade Tech’s. Others were moved ahead by community partners. All were important in moving the needle of sustainability.

LA County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl called Pando Days the “sustainability event of the year 2020.”

Pando Days ’21 builds on this approach, zeroing in on the key Challenges identified below that public agencies in Los Angeles County identify as urgent.

Submissions from countywide higher educational institutions are currently being accepted.

See HOW IT WORKS (includes Schedule).


Pando Days ’21 Challenges

Community engagement
EV test-case for LA County

Green transit
Future of movement around Pasadena

Housing homeless
Out-of-the-box solutions for LA’s Skid Row

Open Call
Create your own challenge

Pocket park
Urban green space for Pico Union

Strong neighborhoods
Thriving environments for Pomona


Pando Days ’21 Launch and Blitz!

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.

Watch this page for news of upcoming Pando Days ’21 events unfolding over the coming months (see Schedule).


Thank you!

Produced by in collaboration with the CSO (Chief Sustainability Officer) Strategic Taskforce for LA County with the support of 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