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UNC Clean Tech Speaker

John Gardner

John Gardner
Partner, Cofounder
Greenlink Renewable Energy


John’s experience in the energy sector includes evaluating waste-to-energy technologies and identifying sources of financing for waste-to-energy and waste-to-fuel projects. Prior to founding Greenlink, John was engaged by a German solar developer seeking USD120 million for a 50 MW solar project in the Dominican Republic, a construct/own/operate team seeking USD180 million to execute the PETNAC transmission project in Guatemala, and by Crescent Communities (previously part of Duke Energy) to evaluate hundreds of parcels in their portfolio for potential solar development.

Prior to moving into the energy sector, John worked for over 30 years on large-scale technology, engineering and architectural projects for a diverse range of clients including Northrop Grumman, Bell Laboratories, Wells Fargo, Motorola GmbH, 3M, Chrysler, Cummins Engine, Ingersoll-Rand, Steelcase, Knoll, and Matsushita Electric Works. He worked with many federal, state, and local agencies to plan and execute high visibility projects.

John’s federal experience includes work with the U.S. Department of Defense (the Pentagon Renovation and MX Missile projects), U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Transportation, GSA, and the FBI, plus he held Top Secret DoD and FBI clearances. Notably, John served as Deputy Program Manager for the AECM Support Team on the Pentagon Renovation Program, where he worked daily with the executive leadership of the building’s tenants (OSD, Joint Staff, Army, Navy, Air Force, DIA, DISA, NSA, and USACE), and oversaw strategic planning, design, construction administration/inspecting and scheduling teams.

John earned a BS in Architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and did post-graduate work at the San Francisco Center for Architecture & Urban Studies.