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.

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It's not easy being a green investor

There are now at least two dozen eco-friendly investment funds, but as Sarah Gardner reports, environmental investing comes in different shades of green.
Posted In: Investing
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CalPERS sees green in forest investing

The California Public Employee Retirement System, or CalPERS, is investing more than $2 billion in forest projects in a move environmentalists are calling trend-setting. Sarah Gardner reports on sustainable forest investments.
Posted In: Retirement
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CO2 a common election concern

The presidential candidates are working hard to differentiate themselves, but most of them do agree on one thing. Sarah Gardner reports all the leading candidates endorse a limit on CO2 emissions.
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Crackdown on Monday morning blues

Think twice before calling in sick after the Super Bowl next year -- some proposed changes to the Family and Medical Leave Act will give employers more clout. Sarah Gardner reports.
Posted In: Health, Jobs
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Burt's Bees generates a consumer buzz

Natural skin care maker Burt's Bees' latest ad campaign sizes up the synthetics in rivals' products with Burt's natural ingredients. But some find these ads ironic for a company owned by Clorox. Sarah Garder reports.
Posted In: Health, Retail
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Environment a concern of both parties

A new study out from George Mason University reveals Republicans and Democrats are about equal when it comes to acting green. Sarah Gardner reports what constitutes popular eco-actions across both parties.
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Baby formula additives under scrutiny

An organic watchdog group is claiming the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids in baby formulas are unclear. Sarah Gardner details some of the reported side effects of the additives and how formula makers are responding.
Posted In: Health, Retail
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Penn. governor blocks milk-label ban

Pennsylania's governor has reversed an effort to ban milk-container labels that tell consumers the milk comes from cows not treated with a growth hormone. Consumer groups are hailing his decision. Sarah Gardner reports.
Posted In: Health
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Winds of change in power generation

Wind power grew 45 percent last year and wind turbines generated more than 1 percent of the nation's electricity -- a first, according to the American Wind Energy Association. But the industry has a few storms on the horizon. Sarah Gardner reports.
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FDA: 'Cloned' food OK |'Cloned' food OK

The FDA has decided food from cloned animals -- cows, pigs, goats -- is safe, despite protests from consumer groups and Congress. And as Sarah Gardner reports, some of the country's biggest food companies don't have much appetite for the technology, either.
Posted In: Science

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