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Rooftop Agriculture: The Most Appetizing Green Infrastructure on the Horizon

  • 21 Oct 2015
  • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
  • One Parkway Building, 1515 Arch Street, 18th Floor Planning Commission Conference Room, Philadelphia, PA
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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.


This seminar does qualify for 1.0 Professional Development Hour (PDH). A Certificate of Attendance will be available on site for AWRA-PMAS members only. The meeting price for non-members who wish to receive a Certificate of Attendance for the PDH is $10.00 ($3.00 for meeting + $7.00 for certificate). 

Please note: all registrations for lunch orders close by noon on the day before the presentation. Thank you!

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