St. Louis, MO, USA. Mary E. Ostafi, Executive Director of Urban Harvest STL, cross pollinates urban agriculture and architecture. She founded the nonprofit Urban Harvest STL and pioneered an effort to build the FOOD ROOF, St Louis’ first rooftop farm, the topic of her recent TEDx Talk. Mary has been at the forefront of green buildings for over a decade, and now drives sustainability through building-integrated urban agriculture projects that cultivate equitable access to healthy, sustainably grown food; mitigate stormwater runoff; and enhance biodiversity in cities.
A strong community activist, Mary focuses on educating and engaging the community to increase resiliency in our food systems and position urban environments for climate adaptation. She holds a Master’s degree in Sustainability Leadership from an acclaimed university in Sweden, is a licensed architect, LEED AP, and a St Louis Business Journal’s 40 under 40.
A seasoned public speaker, she has addressed audiences such as TEDx and multiple national conventions on the topics of sustainability, green building and urban farming. Join Mary along with Urban Harvest STL Community Communicator Vista Steph Vaugn and Director of Urban Agriculture Brett Hilling.