Stephanie Barger founded the Costa Mesa, Calif.-based Earth Resource Foundation in 1999 "to empower the general public with the resources needed to make environmentally sustainable choices and changes." The nonprofit group aims to educate individuals about being environmentally responsible where they live, work and play. ERF has three programs that focus on business, youth and the community. As ERF's executive director, Barger has helped the group to develop three campaigns - "Smoke-free Beaches / Hold On to Your Butt"; "EVolution: Renewable Energies & Electric Vehicles"; and "CAPP - Campaign Against the Plastic Plague." The latter targets the elimination of single-use plastics packaging and has made ERF a prominent player in the marine waste debate.
Barger received a bachelor of science degree in business administration with an emphasis in finance from San Diego State University. She then pursued a career with KPMG Peat Marwick as a certified public accountant and management consultant. She also has worked as a computer analyst, real estate and mortgage broker, corporate trainer and fashion designer. Through her volunteering, she helped start more than five nonprofits organizations. Her nonprofit background includes homelessness, child abuse, at-risk youth and the environment.
ERF recently launched a program called "Zero in on Zero Waste - Don't Let Your Bottom Line Go to Waste," which focuses on "People, Planet and Profit."