Pando Days ’22

Pando Days ’22 connects Southland colleges and universities to LA County’s sustainability plan by inspiring innovative and practical solutions to the challenges we face. Read more about the Pando Days program series, launched in 2019. 

In the 2022 season, Pando Days focuses on the neighborhood.

Whose neighborhood? Yours! The area surrounding the campus — as close as the quad or up to a five-mile radius or more.  We’re bringing the goals of the LA County sustainability plan into your own backyard! 

We’ve selected challenges that we think will inspire imaginative solutions and bring change on a local, community level.

Yours. The built environment. The birds’. Animals wandering onto freeways… The home we all share. (OurCounty goals 1, 2, 5 and 6.)

Climate & Water:
Weather comes to mind. But there’s sun, wind and air. Rain, water… the essential life currents we depend on. (OurCounty goals 3, 7 and 9.)

The arts. Dance. Mindfulness. Faith. And so much more. Creativity that enriches our lives. (OurCounty goal 6.)

Whole health systems and living. Food, parks, recreation and more. (OurCounty goals 9 and 10.)

Talk. Media. Journalism. Outreach and learning. (OurCounty goals 1 and 12.)

Learn more about the Pando Days program series. Discover past Pando Days projects.

How it works

Our season begins every year in the spring with outreach to fifty-some colleges, universities, and professional schools throughout the Southland. 

Instructors from across departments and disciplines apply for the opportunity to enroll their fall-term courses, studios, or labs in the Pando Days program.  

We provide a full curricular framework and a broad range of resources, including a Pando Fellowship opportunity for course instructors and honoraria. The program is provided free of charge.

See Overview deck below for a full description of the program, timeline, and events. College and university instructors, see Instructor’s deck for additional information on curricular resources. Pando Days Subscribing Members, see Sponsor’s deck for information on how you can get involved advising and mentoring school teams.

How It Works: Overview

How It Works: Instructors

How It Works: Sponsors

Participating schools

Pando Days ’22 events

Pando Days ’22 launched with a virtual event in late April, following notification to more than 50 Southland colleges and universities soliciting their participation.

After the launch, legendary designer John Bielenberg teamed up with Brandt Williams to lead a Pando Blitz! It was a day of design thinking. A virtual THINKNADO!

The Blitz included all-school sessions and individual team workshops designed to help college and university teams jumpstart ideas for the fall quarter/semester.

Pando Days Launch
April 27, 2022, Zoom

Pando Days Blitz
Sep 10, 2022, Zoom

Salon events
Coming soon!

Before you know it!

Advisory team

Pando Days ’22 is produced in consultation with Gary Gero, Key Advisor and former Chief Sustainability Officer for Los Angeles County.

Host committee: Paul Koretz, Los Angeles City Councilmember, 5th District; Sheila Kuehl, Los Angeles County Supervisor, 3rd District, Peter Laugharn, President, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.

Advisory: Taskforce Chair Heidrun Mumper-Drumm (ArtCenter College of Design); Robyn Eason (City of West Hollywood); Dean Kubani (City of Santa Monica, ret.); Maribeth Larkin (Sisters of Social Service); Pablo La Roche (Cal Poly Pomona); Luis Navarro (Langan Engineering); Marcela Oliva (LA Trade Tech College); John Onderdonk (Caltech); Andy Shrader (City of Los Angeles); Cassie Rauser (UCLA), and Mark Spears (Disney, ret.).

Pando Days Team: Eugene Shirley, Pando Days executive producer and President, Pando Populus. Katherine Miller, mentoring/advisory team. Alexi Caracotsios, research and writing. Betsy Hunter, administration. Chris Lohse, education advisor. Matthew Manos, project-based learning. John Bielenberg, creative direction. Rich Binell, writing. Michael Braley, graphic design. Marc O’Brien, design strategy. Brandt Williams, Thinknado. Fundraising: Ed Bacon, Vickere Murphy, Rebecca Schmitt, and Liz Tesolin.

Related programs

Pando Days ’21

2021 Season

Ten of the most creative college and university minds take on four challenges within the LA County sustainability plan.

Pando Days 2019-20

2019-20 Season

Southland colleges and universities come together with courses, studios, and labs to build County sustainability.

Junk Battle

2018 Season

Countywide architecture and design schools take on big junk. Precursor of Pando Days.

Selected blog posts

Alexi Caracotsios to launch Pando Days Salons

CONGRATS to Marcela Oliva, AIA Educator of the Year!

Pando Days pulls in PBS producing talent

The Pando Days ’22 lineup!

Thank you!

Pando Days is a collaboration with the CSO Taskforce for LA County with the ’22 season made possible in part by the support of our generous partners: