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



Paying egg-stra

With food prices on the rise, Sarah Gardner asks why it costs twice as much to make an omelette. She discovers cracking the price of eggs is quite the riddle.

Bottles with 'BPA' coming off shelves

Wal-Mart says it's going to stop selling baby bottles made with a plastic called BPA, and the Canadian government plans to ban their sale. Meanwhile, glass bottle sales are taking off. Sarah Gardner reports.
Posted In: Health

Food, fuel costs put businesses in pinch

Inflation on wholesale goods jumped 1.1.% in March, more than double the forecast. So-called "core" prices, excluding energy and food, rose 0.2%. That core price, though, doesn't mean much to businesses struggling to keep from passing soaring costs onto consumers. Sarah Gardner reports.
Posted In: Economy

Higher prices land on school lunch trays

Rising food prices are making most everyday shoppers a bit more cost-conscious. So imagine what it's like for people who are trying to buy healthy foods for schools' hot-lunch programs. Sarah Gardner reports.
Posted In: Education, Health

Salmon fishing season called off

West Coast fisheries managers have voted to cancel the Chinook salmon fishing season due to historic lows in the fish's population. They're also hoping the crisis will get public officials' attention. Sarah Gardner reports.

Getting green back in the ballpark

Major League Baseball wants to become more eco-friendly in the new season. But some feel green change grows slowly. Sarah Gardner looks into recycling game day programs and using low-flush toilets.
Posted In: Sports

Lights out for worldwide conservation

A conservation group wants cities around the world to turn off their lights for an hour this weekend. But some skeptics called last year's event publicity stunt that inspired little long-term change. Sarah Gardner reports.

A recharge for the electric car

At one time, California had the toughest electric vehicle mandate in the country. Tomorrow, California Air Resources Board will update what's left of the state's zero-emissions program. Sarah Gardner has more.
Posted In: Auto

Cap-and-trade vs. "t-word" in California

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is working on a "cap-and-trade" plan to cut the state's greenhouse gases, compelling companies to buy and sell credits regulating potentially harmful emissions. But some environmentalists are skeptical of a market-based approach. Sarah Gardner reports.
Posted In: Taxes

Rail boom pushes greener trains

The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to announce new rules requiring cleaner engines on trains. But some say trains have a while to go before they're a pollutant-avoiding alternative. Sarah Gardner reports.
Posted In: Travel


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