2021 State Conference

October 13-14 | Hilton Capitol Center | Learn

The Keep Louisiana Beautiful annual state conference and Everyday Hero Awards Banquet will take place on October 13-14 at the Hilton Capitol Center in Baton Rouge. Nominate your Everyday Hero TODAY!

All those interested in working towards a greener, cleaner, more beautiful Louisiana are invited to attend. Industry experts, civic officials, and anti-litter advocates from across the state will gather to present and share real world applications for environmental stewardship in local communities.

2 – 2:45 PM

Best Practices for a Strong Board of Directors

3 – 3:45 PM

Recruiting, Managing, and Retaining Volunteers

4 – 5 PM

How to Write a Winning Grant Proposal

3 – 5 PM

Louisiana Room |  Affiliate Director Orientation | Onboarding Breakout Session

This session is required for affiliate directors appointed within the last 12 months and those in the formation process. Affiliate directors who feel they would like a refresher are also invited to attend. Orientation will include: reporting, affiliate requirements, programs, communications, grants & resources. 

6 – 8 PM

Waste Management Welcome Reception: Mezzanine Suite                                           

 KLB Affiliate Directors, Affiliate Board Members & KLB Board Members are all invited to attend this “come as you are” gathering. Casual attire with libations & light fare sponsored by our hosts, Waste Management.

8 – 8:30 AM

Registration | Grab & Go Breakfast with Coffee
Register for the day’s events and have some light morning fare with us before we dive into a half day of educational and relevant topics.

8:30 – 8:45 AM

Conference Opens with Welcoming Address

8:45 – 9:30 AM

Session I: Keep America Beautiful’s 2020 National Litter Study Results: David Scott, Ph.D., Senior Director, Research, Monitoring & Evaluation; Keep America Beautiful

The KAB 2020 National Litter Study is the most comprehensive study of litter and is a follow up to the landmark 2009 study which builds on science-based litter research started by KAB in 1969. 

9:30 – 10:15 AM

Session II: Grow Where You’re Planted Program Panel

  • Alma Robichaux, Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program
  • Trey Brownfield, Keep Slidell Beautiful
  • Lauren Jones + Emelie Harmeyer, Shreveport Green

Learn all about successful programs ranging from festival sustainability and composting, to attention grabbing Earth Week projects and urban farming/community gardens.

10:30 – 11:30 AM

Session III: Creating & Maintaining Community Recycling Program

  • Rachel Hering, Keep Texas Beautiful
  • Janet Vincent, Keep DeRidder Beautiful
  • Courtney Hornsby, KLB Board | West Monroe
  • Aundi Brown, Ouachita Green 

Rachel will discuss her long-term solutions to work hand in hand to bring recycling to rural and smaller communities throughout Texas. She will be joined by Janet, Courtney, and Aundi who will discuss creating a local recycling drop-off program in your community.

11:30 – 12:15 PM

Session IV: The Power of ONE | Sharing Inspirational Programming Successes

  • Tre Bishop, 13 year old political sign recycling champion + 2020 Everyday Hero
  • Marie Constantin, Louisiana Stormwater Coalition
  • Franziska Trautmann + Max Steitz, Glass Half Full NOLA

Hear from everyday folks who saw a problem and decided to become the solution. This panel will highlight the great work of individuals around our state who are making the difference in their communities and beyond. 

12:30 – 12:45 PM


Welcome | Keynote Address: Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser

12:45 – 1:00 PM

University Affiliate Program Presentation: Gretchen Vanicor, KLB Board Member/ULL Director of Sustainability

1:00 – 1:30 PM


1:30 – 2:30 PM

Please join us in recognizing our previous 2020 Everyday Hero Honorees and our 2021 Cohort of Honorees, along with our 2021 Circle of Excellence Awards recognizing our benchmarking Affiliates across Louisiana.