Dr. Mandarano’s research focuses on understanding the influences of innovations such as sustainable development and collaborative planning in regional environmental planning have had on our natural resources and regional governance capacity. Her work has been published in leading planning journals including the, Journal of Planning Literature, Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, Journal of Planning, Education and Research, Society and Natural Resources and Journalof theAmerican Water Resources Association.
Dr. Mandarano is very active in promoting sustainable development principles within the university and locally. Currently, she is the coordinator for the graduate Sustainable Community Planning Certificate. She was the founding co-chair of the Ambler Campus Sustainability Council and served on the President Hart’s Sustainability Task Force. In addition, she is a founding member of the steering committee for the Urban Sustainability Forum at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia. She also served as a board member to a local nonprofit, Green Village Philadelphia.
Prior to becoming a professor, Dr. Mandarano worked for more than 20 years as a professional consultant in the fields of environmental engineering and environmental policy for US municipal, county and state governments, private business and international clients. This experience includes managing the development of environmental infrastructure projects through the preparation of environmental impact statements and permit applications, developing public policy, writing strategic plans and managing a regional marketing program.
In 1998, Lynn Mandarano started her own consulting practice, The Natural Resource, which is certified as a woman-owned business enterprise in Pennsylvania and Philadelphia.
Dr. Mandarano holds a Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania, MBA in Management Science from Iona College and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University. She is a licensed Professional Engineer.
CRP 2513 Community Planning Analysis
CRP 3256/5256 Sustainable Community Design and Analysis
CRP 8355 Environmental Infrastructure Planning and Management
CRP 8413 Planning Communications
CRP 8476 Collaborative Planning
CRP 8889 Planning Studio
CRP 9883 Directed Reading/Study
CRP 9985 Thesis/Project in Planning
General Education Team Teaching Award, Temple University 2009
Outstanding Faculty Service Award, Temple University 2011
Mandarano, L. and K. Paulsen. Forthcoming in 2011. “Governance Capacity of Collaborative Watershed Partnerships: Evidence from the Philadelphia Region.” Journal of Environmental Planning and Management.
Mandarano, L. 2011. “Clean Waters, Clean City: Sustainable Stormwater Management in Philadelphia” in Sustainability in America's Cities: Creating the Green Metropolis, ed., Matt Slavin. Island Press.
Mandarano, L., M. Meenar, and C. Steins. 2010. “Building Social Capital in the Digital Age of Civic Engagement.” Journal of Planning Literature, 25:2, 123-135, November 2010.
Mandarano, L. 2010. “Sustainable Land-use Planning: revitalizing a flood prone office park.” Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 53:2, 183-196.
Mandarano, L. 2009. “Social Network Analysis of Social Capital in Collaborative Planning.” Society and Natural Resources, 22:3, 245-260, March 2009.
Mandarano, L. 2008. “Evaluating Collaborative Environmental Planning Outputs and Outcomes: Restoring and Protecting Habitat and the New York New Jersey Harbor Estuary Program.” Journal of Planning Education and Research, 27:4, 456-468, May 2008.