Sarah Gardner is a reporter on the Marketplace sustainability desk. Her past projects include “We Used To Be China," "Coal Play," "Consumed,” “The Next American Dream,” “Jobs of the Future,” and “Climate Race,” among others. 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.  She 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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Features by Sarah Gardner

Dry cracked earth is visible on a cantaloupe farm on Aug. 22, 2014 near Firebaugh, California. With the severe California drought, Central California farming communities have struggled to survive.

In California, farmers' water market is drying up

The market model for farmers in California who sell water is coming up short.
Posted In: drought, Agriculture, water markets; California

When water runs dry, farmers focus on profit

Farmers in the dry Central Valley raise the highest-value crops they can grow
Posted In: water, Agriculture, california, drought
Sprinklers water the lawn in Golden Gate Park on April 2, 2015 in San Francisco, California.

California drought prompts 25 percent mandatory cutbacks

Local water districts will restrict residential use, not agriculture.
Posted In: drought, groundwater, conservation, water

Shell's Arctic drilling questioned over safety concerns

Shell is expected to get a green light to re-start Arctic oil and gas drilling
Posted In: oil drilling, Shell, Arctic

Los Angeles finally ends a century-old water war

The city is repairing environmental problems it caused by draining Owens Lake.
Posted In: Owens Valley, water wars, drought, L.A. Department of Water and Power
A Chinese man wears a mask as he waits to cross the road near the CCTV building during heavy smog in Beijing, China.

An environmental movement is awakening in China

Is China having its 'Silent Spring' moment?
Posted In: China, air pollution, economic growth
Shell Oil leads negotiations in the largest U.S. refinery strike in decades.

Gas prices inch up as refinery strike continues

With the largest U.S. refinery strike in decades, how are prices being affected?
Posted In: big oil, refineries, Shell, oil rig

Central Valley farms come at a cost for dry California

Agriculture uses 80 percent of the water in California
Posted In: water, drought, Agriculture, california
Waukesha, Wisconsin, wants to tap Lake Michigan for its water supply.

Waukesha fights for a share of Lake Michigan's water

So close yet so far away: A town short on water tries to tap the lake 15 miles away.
Posted In: water, milwaukee, lake michigan

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