Stephanie Marquardt

Program Coordinator

This Erie, Pennsylvania transplant has worked with Gwinnett County since 2013 – first in Emergency 911 Communications as a dispatcher for three years and then in Quality of Life Code Enforcement for four. Stephanie joined the GC&B team in January 2020. Although she lived in Gwinnett County for 10 years, she has since moved to a farm in Walton County to pursue a sustainable lifestyle. She believes “zero waste” is a lifestyle choice we should all pursue – particularly when it comes to littering, landfills, recycling and living green. Any small changes in the way we live can potentially have a lasting impact on our environment. Her favorite aspect of the GC&B programs and events are the clean-ups. She finds it extremely gratifying to receive an email announcing that one of our groups picked up 29 bags of trash. Every bit helps and Stephanie feels that GC&B is fortunate enough to have a small army of folks out there who do this regularly. She is extremely thankful for GC&B volunteers and all the work they do – and loves that the GC&B team leads by example – often heading out to tackle an illegal dumping site – not afraid to get our hands dirty. She feels that the relationships GC&B is building with schools, corporate partners, civic groups, cities, neighborhoods, families and individuals is paramount to the organization’s mission and the future of Gwinnett.

Desired Superpower

Stephanie wishes there was a “bat signal” that went off whenever someone littered or illegally dumped items so GC&B could swoop in and magically place those items in the middle of the offender’s living room or back seat of their car so they could see what they’re doing to our home.

Favorite Quote

“Work hard. Stay humble. We all suffer. Keep going.” – Unknown

Favorite Outdoor Scene in Gwinnett

Stephanie loves climbing to the top of Stone Mountain to enjoy the view and is a big fan of all the park has to offer year-round. She also enjoys getting out and about in the Gwinnett County community to experience its rich melting pot of culture - Hispanic, Cuban, Haitian, Vietnamese, the list goes on and on. She believes it’s so interesting to hear and learn about different traditions, customs and ways of life – especially the variety of cuisines. She recommends D’Cuban on Buford Highway as a must-try best kept secret.

5 Adjectives That Best Describe

Responsible, Encouraging, Flexible, Team Player, and Problem Solver

Fun Fact

Stephanie has been trying her hand as a novice homesteader for the last three years. She believes in a simpler, healthier and more sustainable lifestyle which makes her passionate about growing and preserving food, cooking meals from scratch, raising animals, and making homemade medicines and personal care products. Zero-waste is the goal for this former “city kid.” She and her hubby Dave have 104 animals and five gardens on six acres in Monroe.

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