About: Lauren Mandel
- With a passion for productive infrastructure, Lauren works as a Project Manager and Rooftop Agriculture Specialist at the Philadelphia-based green roof firm Roofmeadow (formerly Roofscapes, Inc.). At Roofmeadow, Lauren designs green roofs, oversees green roof construction around the country, and is integral to every rooftop agriculture inquiry and project that the firm encounters. Lauren began exploring the viability of urban rooftop agriculture while in graduate school at the University of Pennsylvania, where she earned a Master of Landscape Architecture. With seven years of professional landscape architectural and green roof design experience, Lauren is in the process of refining her thoughts on rooftop agriculture in a book, entitled "EAT UP | the inside scoop on rooftop agriculture." New Society Publishers is scheduled to release the book in print and E-book form in spring 2013. EAT UP is poised to be the very first book to exclusively focus on rooftop agriculture. In her spare time, Lauren lectures on green roofs and rooftop agriculture, and consults on rooftop agricultural projects in Philadelphia. She also loves backpacking and extreme dog walking.