Matthew Gardner, PhD

Managing Partner, Sustainserv, Inc.

Matthew Gardner is a founder and managing partner of Sustainserv, a Boston, Massachusetts and Zurich, Switzerland-based firm that works with public and private sector organizations to design and implement sustainability strategies, programs, and communications. His work includes a wide variety of sustainability strategy, data, and communications-focused projects across many sectors in many countries, including manufacturing, banking and financial services, logistics, chemicals, electronics, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and consumer products.

Gardner received his doctorate in chemistry from Michigan State University, was a postdoctoral researcher in chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he spent five years as the executive director of the Earth System Initiative. He currently teaches sustainability strategy and entrepreneurship in the Sustainability and Environmental Management Program at the Harvard University Extension School and is one of the faculty of the Youth Encounter on Sustainability, a Swiss-based training program for young professionals and graduate students, where he lectures and leads interactive workshops on climate change, climate policy, and sustainable entrepreneurship.

Gardner's research interests include quantitative and analytical approaches to corporate sustainability, sustainability education initiatives, and novel methods for sustainability education and communication.


  • PhD Michigan State University


Courses with Matthew Gardner

Fall term 2017

Corporate Sustainability Strategy

This course explores corporate sustainability from the perspective of large, multinational corporations. We focus on the management tools available to corporations and how they can drive sustainability into a company at all levels, providing a balance between environmental stewardship, social wellbeing, and economic prosperity.

Spring term 2018

Sustainable Business and Technology

With the increased awareness of the impact that business and economic activity have on our planet, we are seeing a boom in entrepreneurial activity premised on social responsibility, environmental friendliness, energy efficiency, and other sustainability-related attributes.