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.
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.
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|Vice President:||Benoit Van Aken, Temple University|
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|Daniel Wible, CH2M Hill|
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