Lisa Jackson, Administrator, USEPA Headquarters

Monday, January 2, 2012                                          Thomas Jasen Gardner


Life Science Communications


Lisa Jackson


USEPA Headquarters

Ariel Rios Building

1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N. W.

Mail Code: 1101A

Washington, DC 20460

For in the true nature of things,
if we rightly consider,
every green tree is far more glorious
than if it were made of gold and silver. ~
~ Martin Luther King ~

Dear Ms. Jackson,

Once again, Thank You for your wonderful visit to UW-Madison. Your sage advice was well received and inspired many audience members to transfer cognitive, but passive agreement, into actual “calls to action”. It was also rewarding for black students like myself, to encounter an authoritative figure that validates that urban pollution not only exists; but is also life-threatening to local inhabitants.  However, your attention to “hotspots” caused me to reflect on my subjective reasons for personal concern about environmental racism.

“Hotspots” remind me of New Orleans where there are still unidentified pockets of inorganic chemicals poisoning the ground. It reminds me of urban hotspots where environmental justice is only applicable in rich neighborhoods. But most of all, it reminded me of how the interpersonal nepotism of elitist suburban liberals, have gained a dominate advantage in securing green jobs. Most seen to process clueless personalities that constrains transparent discussion about urban hotspots.

Ms. Jackson, in order for me to share my emotional connection with the innocent schoolgirl waiting at the bus stop on a street triangulated by freeways and factories; then I must be in a position to share my empathy about rural paper mills and factory dairy farms surrounding a wetland enclave of innocent frogs. Such reciprocal interconnectedness will create a environmental community not limited by physical boundaries. Except for the residents, few outsiders have a “love of place” for an inner city rain garden or emotional concern for an American ghetto “child waiting for a bus.”

However, my sincere attempts to break the barriers that restrict or limit my involvement as an African-American male may have to do more with unconscious systematic institutional discrimination then a lack of adherence to AA/EEO laws from agencies using federal funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. There is reason to believe, that your “economy of the future,” does not include clean energy jobs for students, or skilled and semi-professional African-American military veterans.

The agency that sponsored your November lecture, Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, has a temporary communications position opening that I am well qualified for. I only ask your sage advice because despite my qualifications and winning personality I have not only been unable to acquire paid positions, but even obtaining a volunteer opportunity has been valueless. Could you use your perennial philosophy to help me create a message that shows blacks too, have a commitment to a healthy environment that encompasses soil, air, and water in urban, suburban, and rural areas of America. That inner city concern for pollution free industries extends to healthy rivers for fishing and kayaking and to old growth rain forest for mushrooms and hiking.

Once again Thank You for your public service and the time spent at UW-Madison. If you have any questions or suggestions they would dearly be appreciated.





“I believe that the great Creator has put ores and oil on this earth to give us a breathing spell. As we exhaust them, we must be prepared to fall back on our farms, which is God’s true storehouse and can never be exhausted. We can learn to synthesize material for every human need from things that grow.”

George Washington Carver


Thomas Jasen Gardner

Undergraduate Senior

Agricultural Journalism/Social Science

University of Wisconsin-Madison

401 N. Midvale Blvd.

Madison, Wisconsin 53705


Seeking a position of responsibility with an organization that enables me to utilize my practical writing skills while continuing to develop Web 2.0 and public relation skills


This includes News & Feature stories; rewriting press releases and published copy.  This includes editing copy for daily, semi-daily, and weekly publication.  Audio news and feature broadcasting are included. Apply research and development skills for confirmation when interviewing sources and evaluating data for pertinent publication.  Objectively observe qualitative and quantitative private and public surveys.  A published history of covering press conferences, meetings, public events that involve working knowledge of local, state, and federal agencies.  Translate technical jargon into plain English for easy consumption.


* Suggest, create, and implement solution for story ideas.

* Ability to write plain English for technical translations

* In depth knowledge of reporters and editors guidelines for print publication

* Created new marketing strategies to raise readership market.

* Troubleshoot equipment malfunctions for video recorders, cameras, and computers

* Manipulated beat assignments projects in small and large organizations

* Created promotional issues using general assignment reporting

* Managed positive relationships with business and government representatives

* Wrote catalogs, ads, publication announcement, flyers etc.

* Conducted common editing and rewriting of stories, opinions, and editorials


* Communication Strategies (radio, print)

* Dreamweaver CS3

* Intercultural Communications

* HTML/Web Development (Java, Flash, Photoshop, etc.)

* Desktop Publishing (WYSIWYG InDesign)

* PowerPoint/Excel presentation

                                     T. JASEN GARDNER

                                     401 N. Midvale Blvd

                                     MADISON, WISCONSIN 53705

                                     608.577.1446-Cell Phone




Demonstrated Experience:  News, Features, and Press Releases, and Public Affairs.  This includes editing copy for publication and broadcasting.  Research and development of story ideas.  Interviewing resources and evaluating facts and figures for pertinent information.  Objective observation of past, current and future trends.  Proven history of covering press conferences, meetings, and public events, working knowledge of local, state, and federal agencies.  Ability to translate technical jargon into plain English.


2008- Present: University of Wisconsin-Madison

Life Science Communication

1996-2001, NJATC Commercial Electricians Certificate

Madison Area Technical College

South Seattle Technical College, Seattle, Wash.

University of Washington-Seattle

1971-1974     United States Army-Vietnam Veteran

Specialist Four- Field Medic Honorable Discharge

1968-1972   Rufus King High School


1996-2004, Commercial & Light Industrial Electrician

RESPONSIBILITIES: Under general supervision, troubleshoot and repair electrical controls, plan layouts, install-repair electrical fixtures, apparatus, and specialty lighting for new electrical secondary service including but not limited to panels, breakers, disconnects, and switches.

1996-1999, Farmhand, wrangler-Oregon, Washington, British Columbia

Operation of farm machinery-herding and feeding of buffalo/horses

1986-1996, Househusband-Farmer GARDNER PRODUCE@ SHERWOOD, OREGON

RESPONSIBILITIES: Home engineer for child and wife.  Organize daily duties for farm, farm hands, child and wife. Market 90 acres of row crops, fruit trees, and green houses.  Maintain supply of energy, dedication and respect for life. Market product to wholesalers and local retailers.

1983-1985 Staff Reporter;

Enterprise Courier@ Oregon City, Oregon

Editor: Bill Steward

RESPONSIBILITIES: Locate, collect and analyze informational data about news events.  Research and write news and public announcements and feature stories for publication.  Responsibility of interacting with the public for interpretation of newsletters, press releases, annual reports, budget reports, interviews, and public meetings.

1982-1983 Suburban Correspondent

The Oregonian @ West Metro, Portland, Oregon

Editor: John Green

RESPONSIBILITIES: Collect and analyze data from bureaucratic, community, and social service groups as a general assignment reporter.  Respond to the public’s interest in schools.  Compare jargon with knowledgeable facts confirmed from various documented sources.  Report on community interests and concerns.

1981-1982 Staff Reporter

Pleasant Valley Voice @ Milbrook, New York

Editor: Jim DeFelice

Suburban Correspondent

Daily Freeman @ Kingston, New York

Metro Editor: Toby Geertsema

RESPONSIBILITIES: Seek out social service groups, (churches, vet groups, sewing circles, etc.) who have concerns or issues that could be presented in publications.  Create and maintain a dialog with members of government agencies in order to publish historical, current, and future events that affects the rural community, establish a working relationship with horse breeders, developments and suburbanites who felt newspaper was the best outlet for issues.

1980-1981 Reporter/Producer

Oregon Public Broadcasting-KOAP-FM  @ Portland, Oregon

Station Manager: John Heinz/News Director: Pat Joy

RESPONSIBILITIES: To report and produce in all functions of gathering, organizing and preparing news for broadcast and newsletters.  To perform basic studio production techniques, to tape phone interviews to perform oral field interviews with public safety agencies, educators, public relation staff, etc. As a General Assignment Reporter I helped produce programs for national distribution. This included news and feature programs with local angles for voice-overs and actualities for on air production.  To gain immediate knowledge of news breaking stories for live broadcast.  In addition I coordinated duties as public spokesperson for KOAP-FM.

1979-1980 Editorial Aide

Oregon Journal @ Portland, Oregon

City Desk Editor: Richard Hill – Executive Editor: Don Sterling

RESPONSIBILITIES: Prepare written material by reviewing press releases for publication by editors and reporters.  Observe and assist city desk editor, managing editor, sports editor, living editor, entertainment editor and research editor with topic search, agency identification, and police reports.  Identify bureaucratic jargon, medical studies, etc.  Major duty was to take advantage of the opportunity to learn the intricacies of journalism in order to further my career.  Technical experience included working well with peers and superiors in order to provide accurate, timely information to the community.

1978-1980 News writer Intern

United Press International @ Portland, Oregon

Bureau Chief- Bill McFarland

RESPONSIBILITIES: Rewrite published/broadcast news and feature stories for print, radio and television copy, review, condense and evaluate international, national and local news and features to isolate pertinent facts and details for local distribution. Learn to re-write copy from print for broadcast and vice versa.  Maintain and monitor satellite news for updated or just released news, verify accuracy of questionable facts, while obtaining supplemental details.  Organize material to conform to specified length, style and format requirements.  Obtain positive relationship with clients.


Jean Feraca


Here on Earth
Wisconsin Public Radio
(608) 263-1233

Terry Shelton

Outreach Director

Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

University of Wisconsin-Madison


Emily Auerbach


English Professor

Odyssey Project Director

University of Wisconsin-Madison

(608) 262-3885


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