American Water Resources Association 
Philadelphia Metropolitan Area Section 

Welcome to the AWRA-PMAS

...providing a forum for discussion and exchange of information and ideas relative to water resources management issues specific to our metropolitan area. 

Upcoming Event - Wednesday, October 21

Rooftop Agriculture

The Most Appetizing Green Infrastructure on the Horizon

Lauren Mandel, ASLA

Landscape Designer & Research Assistant, Andropogon

Owner, EAT UP, LLC


Rooftop agriculture offers urbanites the taste of fresh produce grown close to home, but do these farms and gardens also contribute to a city’s green infrastructure?  This talk digs into North American rooftop food production methods, stormwater performance, policy, industry trends, and a Philadelphia Water Department Stormwater Management Incentives Program (SMIP) grant case study.

Speaker Bio: 

Lauren Mandel is a landscape designer and landscape performance researcher at Andropogon, where she pursues her passion for productive infrastructure.  Prior to this position, she worked as a project manager and rooftop agriculture specialist at the Philadelphia-based green roof firm Roofmeadow (formerly Roofscapes, Inc.), where she contributed to the design and/or implementation of more than 55 landscapes on structure.  Lauren authored "EAT UP | The Inside Scoop on Rooftop Agriculture" (New Society Publishers, 2013), the first full-length book about rooftop food production.  She is a contributing writer for Landscape Architecture Magazine and Urban Farm and owner of EAT UP, LLC, through which she offers roof-to-table speaking engagements and journalism services.  Lauren holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in Environmental Science.


Our meetings are generally held the 2nd Wednesday of each month, September through June.  Please click on "Events" link to register for this meeting and to see a listing of future meeting dates and topics.

2015/2016 Board Leadership

 President:  Bridget Wadzuk, Villanova University
 Vice President:  Benoit Van Aken, Temple University 
 Treasurer:  Bernadette Callahan, Stantec Consulting
 Secretary:  Stefanie Rittenhouse, PA DEP Southeast Region
 Membership Chair:  Adam Minichelli, Greeley & Hansen
 Social Co-Chairs:  Nha Truong, Philadelphia Water Department
   Daniel Wible, CH2M Hill
 Student Co-Chairs:  Amanda Hess, Villanova University
   Sibia Ranjbar, Temple University
 Past President:  Chris McEntee, Greeley & Hansen

Thanks to our Organization Member Sponsors

AMEC Foster Wheeler - Black & Veatch - CH2M Hill - Gilmore & Associates 

 Greeley and Hansen - Hatch Mott MacDonaldHazen and Sawyer 

 McCormick Taylor - Philadelphia Water Department 

 Riordan Materials - Stantec Consulting - T&M Associates 

Temple U. Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering

 Trans-Pacific Engineering - Villanova University - Warren Environmental Counsel LLP 


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