It is hard to be encouraged these days. We mourn not only the death of one man at the hands of the police, but the deaths of many. We mourn living in a nation that incarcerates so many of its citizens and clearly discriminates against non-whites from the top on down. We have watched helplessly as the message of legitimate protest has been degraded by violence and theft. We plan to work seriously and committedly for healing of our national wounds.
Creating reasons for hope has been our mission from the beginning. Pando Days premiere events will soon begin showcasing remarkable achievements and breakthroughs. But in deference to current events, we are postponing our roll-out schedule by one week.
Please join us at the new dates and times to learn what Southland colleges and universities are doing to create a more hopeful future.
—John Cobb and Eugene Shirley
Join us for Pando Days premiere and finale events!
PANDO DAYS brings Southland colleges and universities together to implement Los Angeles County’s new sustainability plan. Each of the ten participating schools has selected a different County goal to focus on, developing ingenious new initiatives, implementation plans, and prototypes to build a resilient future.
The ten events premiere at new dates and times: June 16 through July 21. Each event profiles a single Pando Days initiative from a participating college or university. Listen to presentations from team leads, hear responses first-hand from sustainability officers Countywide, and participate in open Q&A.
FINALE, July 25: Join for the festival program and hear the announcement of winning selections from the Pando Days jury.
Festival Moderators and Speakers include Gary Gero, Chief Sustainability Officer of Los Angeles County; and members of the Pando Board of Directors (in program order): John Cobb, Vickere Murphy, Rob Floe, Karenna Gore, Ed Bacon, Brandt Williams, John Bielenberg, Devon Hartman, Rebecca Schmitt, Andy Shrader.
CSO Taskforce Respondents include (in program order): Mark Spears, Disney (ret.); Austin Eriksson, CSUN; John Rego, Sony Pictures;Pablo La Roche, Cal Poly Pomona; Devon Hartman, CHERP; Dean Kubani, City of Santa Monica (ret.); Dominique Hargreaves, City of Los Angeles; Russell Greene, Cheesecake Factory (ret.); Chris Rhie, Buro Happold; Robyn Eason, City of West Hollywood; Andy Shrader, City of LA, CD5; Sr. Nancy Lyons, Maryknoll Sisters; Sr. Dolores Mitch, Maryknoll Sisters; Sasha Calder, Beautycounter; Loraine Lundquist, Cal State Northridge; Luis Navarro, Langan Engineering.
Jury members include Peter Laugharn, president of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation; Paul Koretz, Los Angeles City Councilmember (5th District); Mark Eckhardt, CEO of COMMON; and Kathy Schlein, entrepreneur and early-stage investor.
Register for as many of the Pando Days premiere events as you would like
AI: FUTURE OF HOUSING: Employing artificial intelligence to map affordable housing opportunities and match construction resources.
June 16, 3:00 PM
Los Angeles Trade Tech College/Architecture
REPURPOSING LAND: Transforming back-alley wasteland into thriving community space.
June 19, 1:00 PM
BIOPHILIA TREEHOUSE: Linking birds and people at the tree level.
June 23, 1:00 PM
Cal State Long Beach
WE ARE THE SEA: Engaging families & neighborhoods with local waterways.
June 26, 1:00 PM
CAR SICK: Getting us on track for life without cars.
June 30, 1:00 PM
Cal Poly Pomona
FOOD WITHIN REACH: Foodways every quarter mile across LA County.
July 7, 3:00 PM
GREEN MAP AND GO: Map and engage green resources.
July 10, 1:00 PM
Pasadena City College
RESILIENCE PROJECT: A virtual landscape for resilience learning.
July 14, 1:00 PM
SALTWATER GARDENS: Innovations for the twin threats of underground saltwater incursion and food scarcity.
July 17, 1:00 PM
INNOVATION ENGINE FOR SUSTAINABILITY: Identifies needs, facilitates collaboration, and predicts impact.
July 21, 1:00 PM
FINALE with announcement of jury selections
July 25, 2:00 PM
PANDO DAYS was conceived in association with the CSO (Chief Sustainability Officer) Strategic Taskforce and made possible in part by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Second Home, and the Maryknoll Sisters/Monrovia.