In commemoration of Earth Day 2014, our guest speaker will be Stephanie Barger, Executive Director of U.S. Zero Waste Business Council. Stephanie will discuss the latest with regards to what her organization is currently working on.
And since we're in the midst of campaign season, we'll also be discussing local candidates and campaigns to let you know how you can help elect more female leaders.
As always, the meeting will include a potluck so please bring a dish that feeds 2-3 others. NWPC will provide the drinks.
Stephanie Barger is the Founder and Executive Director of U.S. Zero Waste Business Council and Earth Resource Foundation (ERF).
Miss Barger formed the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council (USZWBC) in January of 2012 to meet the growing need for educational resources, peer-to-peer networking and third-party certification for businesses across the nation.
She brings over 25 years of experience in environmental stewardship, employee training, management consulting and business relationship development. She received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from San DiegoStateUniversity. In her spare time, she raises guide dogs puppies for the blind and avocates for humane treatment of all creatures great and small.
She has spent the last 15 years leading Earth Resource Foundation (ERF) which runs a dynamic high school environmental leadership program. ERF’s campaigns include curbing plastic pollution through Zero Waste, native plant restoration, smokefree beaches, watershed management and creating a future that is hopeful. The campaigns have been a huge success because of Miss Barger’s ability to collabrate with a wide and diverse range of community stakeholders (indigenous tribes, interfaith, government, for profit, at risk-youth, trade associations, health, social justice and environmental organizations).
She has developed and conducted several Zero Waste Business Conferences and launched the ERF “Zero in on Zero Waste – Don’t Let Your Bottom-line go to Waste” business training program. She is a certified trainer with California Resource Recovery Association and teaches a class on Zero Waste Businesses. Her current clients/partnerships include City of Newport Beach – implementing the Polystyrene Ban at all restaurants, City of Burbank – Zero Waste Plan focusing on the restaurant and grocery store sectors, County of Orange (Pollution Prevention through Zero Waste) and several business clients including St. Joseph Health Services, Reel Chefs Catering and Kean Coffee. In 2009, Earth Resource was awarded a Federal Stimulus Grant for the California Green Jobs Program in OrangeCounty – training at risk youth in Zero Waste and Career Development. She has been a member of Green LA since its inception and activiely partners with numerous LA based nonprofits and for profit organizations.
Through her leadership, Earth Resource Foundation has established several successful campaigns and programs that teach environmental responsibility where you live, work and play. The Campaign Against the Plastic Plague (CAPP) is an international coalition to provide solutions and alternatives to petro-plastic single use items. They have been instrumental in plastic bag bans and fees, polystyrene bans, and developing an activist kit for communities to create positive change. The Newport Beach polystyrene ban is fully supported by the Newport Beach Restaurant Association because of ERF’s business educational efforts which emphasize the triple bottom line: people, planet and profit. Through the ERFHigh School clubs and collaborating with other youth organizations, ERF’s “Hold On To Your Butt” campaign was successful in getting all Orange County City Beaches to go smoke-free in one year. ERF’s newest project is “Zero In on Zero Waste – Don’t Let Your Bottom-line Go to Waste” which educates businesses, schools and communities on the importance of changing waste into resources. Miss Barger focuses on collaboration with a variety of organizations (health, business networks, interfaith, at-risk youth, spiritual and environmental) to provide the tools and opportunities for communities to create positive change.