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.
During his time at Greenpeace, Gardner has worked throughout the country in a number of successful community-driven campaigns to shut down coal-fired power plants. Also, he has worked with the Occupy movement in New York, in rural communities in the South, on stopping Mountaintop Removal mining, and in solidarity with a number of other movements throughout the nation.
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.
Gardner has worked on a number of different campaigns and fields, including ancillary issues to prison law and rural family law at the South Royalton Legal Clinic, labor organizing with the AFL-CIO, electoral politics on Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, 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 Degree. He has been quoted in the Aljazeera, Charlotte Business Journal, Charlotte Observer, Connecticut Post, E&E News, Florida Business Journal, Fox News, Huffington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Lumina News, Mountain Xpress, Natureworldnews.com, The Nation, NBC News, NY Daily News, Politico, The Washington Post, and Wickedlocal.com.
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