Sarah Gardner is a reporter on the Marketplace sustainability desk covering sustainability news spots and features. Gardner’s past projects include “Consumed,” “The Next American Dream,” “Jobs of the Future,” and “Climate Race,” to name a few. Gardner began her career at Marketplace as a freelancer and was hired as business editor and back-up host to David Brancaccio in the mid-90s. Prior to her work at Marketplace, Gardner was a public radio freelancer in Los Angeles, a staff reporter for New Hampshire Public Radio, a commercial radio reporter in Massachusetts and an editor/reporter for a small town newspaper in Minnesota.  Throughout her career she’s enjoyed those light bulb moments in interviews when she gets an unexpected answer that leads to a compelling news story.  Gardner is the recipient of several awards including a Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Finance Journalism (1997), an AlfredI.duPont-Columbia University Award (1996-1997) and a George Foster Peabody Award, the oldest and most prestigious media award (2000). Gardner attended Carleton College where she received her bachelor’s degree in religion and Columbia University where she received her master’s degree in journalism. A native of Waukesha,Wis., Gardner resides in Los Angeles.

Features By Sarah Gardner

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Multi-generational housing: The mother-in-law's included

Home builder tries a new inter-generational floor plan – with locking interior doors.
Posted In: Housing
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Fewer trees in Texas

The Lone Star State loses as many as half a billion trees in 2011 -- and that's not including the wildfires.
Posted In: drought, texas, Agriculture
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Housing construction up in November

Builders are as busy as they've been in a year-and-a-half. Some of those homes aren't the typical house though -- they're being built for multi-generational families.
Posted In: Housing
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China's pollution could be a benefit for the U.S.

Chinese pollution particulates are shown to change weather patterns in the U.S., which will mean better skiing, more water for Californians, and even a better life for fish here at home
Posted In: weather, air pollution
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China exports pollution, too

Bad smog in Beijing is costing the U.S. billions.
Posted In: China, smog, air pollution
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Central banks unite to help Europe

The Federal Reserve and other major central banks take coordinated action to provide cheap dollars to European banks that face funding problems
Posted In: European Central Bank, Federal Reserve
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Electric cars catch fire, sales not so much

New safety concerns as electric car sales limp out of the gate.
Posted In: Chevy Volt, electric cars
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Thinking the unthinkable -- a eurozone "divorce"

If the 17-member eurozone did break up -- either because of bond market pressure or irreconcilable differences -- what would the divorce look like?
Posted In: Eurozone
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Google wants to light up your home

Google is teaming up with the Lighting Science Group to create an LED bulb that can be controlled by an Android phone.
Posted In: Google, energy
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Report: More extreme weather on the way

A report out by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says we can expect hotter summers and more extreme weather events in the coming years.
Posted In: weather, climate change

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