As Greenpeace’s Coal Campaigner focusing on existing generating units, Robert Gardner is responsible for our East Coast campaign strategy, focusing largely on Duke Energy, national environmental policy, and organizational relationships with other NGOs working on clean energy.
Prior to joining Greenpeace, Gardner led the Project 2025 Campaign at the Virginia Poverty Law Center working principally on elder and consumers’ rights, car title and payday lending. While in Richmond, Gardner also organized for restoration of rights provisions and also public-private partnerships to alleviate prisoner re-entry recidivism.
Previously, he was a law clerk at Earthjustice working on Clean Water Act, Mountaintop Removal, and other environmental issues. He has worked in several different fields, including rural family law, labor organizing, electoral politics, and can often be found playing a banjo on his front porch.
Gardner has a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in Poetry. He has additional degrees from James Madison University’s Master of Public Administration program, and Vermont Law School's joint Master's in Environmental Law and Policy and Juris Doctorate