State Conference

September 25-26, 2019 | Baton Rouge

The Keep Louisiana Beautiful annual state conference and Everyday Hero Awards Banquet will take place on September 25-26 in Baton Rouge. 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 best practices that encourage environmental stewardship in practical ways that attendees can bring back to their own communities. Information on how to register, exhibit, donate, and submit an Everyday Hero nomination can be found on this page.

9:00 – 9:30

Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser

Keep Louisiana Beautiful Highlights
Susan Russell, Keep Louisiana Beautiful Executive Director

9:30 – 10:15

Food Matters: Empowering Communities to Tackle Food Waste
Jane Polson, Keep America Beautiful

10:30 – 12:00

Food Waste Panel highlighting food recovery and food compositing programs in Louisiana
Bayou Vermilion District, Louisiana State University, and University of Louisiana at Lafayette

12:00 – 1:00

Luncheon with Keynote Address by Dr. Shawn Wilson, Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development
Secretary Wilson will address how the state manages roadside and interstate litter

1:00 – 2:00

Leading the Way: Mayors highlight how they are improving the appearance of their city through good green policies and programs by Mayor Staci Albritton-Mitchell, City of West Monroe and Mayor Sharon Weston Broome, City of Baton Rouge.

2:00 – 2:45

Place Matters: Neighborhood Influences on Health and Violence
Katherine Theall, Professor and Director of the Tulane Mary Amelia Women’s Center

3:00 – 3:30

Prosecuting Illegal Tire Dumping by Mike Daniels
LEDQ Criminal Investigative Division

3:30 – 4:00

Cox Conserves: Learn how this company is on track to reach it’s goal of zero waste to the landfill by 2024.

Everyday Hero Awards Banquet presented by Cox Communications
Heidelburg Ballroom, Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center

6:00 – 7:00

Cash bar

7:00 – 9:00

Dinner and presentation of awards

9:00 – 9:45

Plogging Panel: A New Twist to Traditional Clean-Ups
Fun, competitive and engaging clean ups for millennials and more.

9:45 – 10:45

“Steal This” Program Panel: Practical Program Ideas That You Can Bring Home to Your Community
Bringing Litter Education to the Classroom –Ginger Tastet, Keep Tangipahoa Beautiful
Say No to Straws – Jane Boudreaux, Keep Assumption Beautiful
Working Local Litter Enforcement – Holli Guilbeau, Keep St. Martin Beautiful

11:00 – 12:00

Ways to Build and Strengthen Organizational Capacity
Jane Polson, Keep America Beautiful


State Conference Conclusion

Louisiana Recycling Coalition Hosts Recycling Educational Sessions (Optional)
Lunch provided by the Louisiana Recycling Coalition

12:30 – 1:15

Recycling Session I

1:15 – 2:00

Recycling Session II