"It is quite an honor to be among recognized environmental leaders from across the country to author this course," Gardner said.
The work of the seven-member team of experts will be funded by a $1.7 million grant from the National Science Foundation and Department of Energy entitled "Defense for the Environment".
Gardner was chosen as an author for the course through his membership in the Partnership for Environmental Technology Education (PETE), which is an organization of educators in the environmental departments of community colleges. He represents PETE's North Central region, which is comprised of 10 states including Ohio and Michigan. Gardner was nominated by his colleagues in this region.
"Our goal is for this to be recognized as a model course for other colleges across the country," he said.
"This course will teach students how to help facilities reduce pollution generation, thereby lowering their costs for hazardous waste management," Gardner explained. "The course upon completion will be offered at Owens Community College," he said.
A Toledo native, Gardner earned an associate's degree and bachelor's degree from the University of Toledo, as well as a master's degree in business and environmental policy from the State University of New York. He has 10 years of experience as an environmental engineer and planner for Westinghouse Corp. at a number of nuclear power and nuclear weapons facilities for the U.S. Department of Energy. He came to Owens Community College as chair of the Environmental Management program in December 1995.