Pando Days ’24

Pando Days ’24 gives Southland colleges and universities the framework and resources they need to help implement regional sustainability plans. Read more about the Pando Days program series, now in its fifth season. 

Pando Days brings educators together from across the arts, humanities, sciences, and trades to tackle some of the biggest challenges facing the County — water, energy, food, housing, green space, biodiversity, jobs, equity, and more. And asks them to inspire each other. And their students. And Angelenos. And the world. With ingenious new solutions and plans.

To date, 25 colleges and universities have enrolled in the Pando Days program, with over 500 students producing 52 real-world projects implementing visionary change. Pando Days schools and projects come from all 5 Supervisorial Districts in the County, and beyond.

Review previous Pando Days projects. See our impact.

Spotlight water, power, and open call

Pando Days ‘24 is throwing a spotlight on water- and power-based projects, with a bevy of supporting resources such as field trips and opening the doors to high-level experts who can advise on those projects that have a water- or power-focus.

Not all Pando Days ‘24 projects must be water- or power-related; there’s also an open call category for any project that responds to any of the goals of the LA County sustainability plan, including biodiversity, wellness, recycling, and much more.

But water and power are the areas where we’ll shine spotlight attention, and through the help of our partners on water, the Metropolitan Water District and LA County Sanitation Districts, and power, Clean Power Alliance and Calpine Energy Solutions, we will make content- and experience-based resources available across our region.

Spotlight challenges for the 2024 season:



Open call

How it works

The Pando Days 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- or spring-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 of $1,500. The program is offered to participating institutions 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.

Ready to apply? Go here.

*For a printable version of the Instructor’s deck, click here.

Pando Days ’24 calendar of events

The Pando Days calendar launches in the spring with the opening of a six-week enrollment period, concentrates program effort over the fall and spring terms, and celebrates impact over the following spring.

Pando Days Launch
April 14, 2024, Caltech

Pando Days Blitz
September 2024

Pando Days Seminars
Fall and Spring 2024/25

Pando Days Consultants
Fall and Spring 2024/25

Pando Days Premieres

Pando Awards
April 13, 2025

Pando Days Advisory Council

Rita Kampalath and Gary Gero, Key Advisors

Advisory Council: CSO (Chief Sustainability Officer) Strategic Taskforce members Heidrun Mumper-Drumm (chair) — Professor & Director of Sustainability Initiatives, ArtCenter College of Design; Robyn Eason — Strategic Sustainability Advisor; Dan Joldzic — CEO, Alexandria Technology; Nurit Katz — CSO, UCLA; Dean Kubani — City of Santa Monica (ret.); Maribeth Larkin — Community Organizer, Sisters of Social Service; Pablo La Roche — Director, Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies, Cal Poly Pomona; Emmanual “Cris” Liban — CSO, LA Metro; Marcela Oliva — Professor Architecture & Environmental Design, LA Trade Tech College; John Onderdonk — Assistant Vice President for Facilities Operations and Services, Caltech; Cassie Rauser — Grand Challenge at UCLA; Andy Shrader — Environmental Affairs, consulting; Sandy Skees — EVP, Porter Novelli Global Lead, Purpose & Impact, Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Services; Mark Spears — Director, Sustainable Business Practices, Walt Disney Consumer Products (ret).

Related programs

Pando Days ’23

2023 Season

Pando Days ’23 brings together colleges and universities from across the Southland to solve local sustainability challenges.

Pando Days ’22

2022 Season

Pando Days ’22 brings 15 colleges and universities together to create a more sustainable region.

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.

Selected blog posts

“This is the power of Pando:” Betty Yee κeynotes The 2024 Pando Sustainability Awards

And the Pando goes to…

Student voices from Pando Days

What is a Pando Days project?

Thank you!

Pando Days is a collaboration with the CSO Taskforce for LA County with the ’24 season made possible in part by the support of our generous partners: