Keep Louisiana Beautiful University Affiliate

Being a Keep Louisiana Beautiful university affiliate is a special mark of distinction and represents a commitment by the university to continual improvement in sustainability and environmental issues, promoting student environmental stewardship and engagement, and rigorous outcome measurement. It offers state recognition and sends a strong message to university stakeholders, as well as city, state, and national leaders. It signifies that you are part of a greater movement of over 600 national affiliates and 40 state affiliates that have a proven track record of behavioral change and preserving the beauty of Louisiana.

Become a University Affiliate

What is a University Affiliate?

An affiliate educates, influences, engages and inspires the next generation of business owners and community leaders to become change agents for environmental issues such as waste reduction, litter prevention, and marine debris.
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Keep Louisiana Beautiful Affiliate

What is a University Affiliate?

The KLB University Affiliate program provides universities with resources to identify the root cause of litter in their communities, forums for sharing strategies to institutionalize zero waste programs in operations, and incentives for engaging their campus and community in removing litter from their environment. The program will provide students hands‐on experience with data collection, while also fostering their development into change agents who are informed and capable of implementing thoughtful, effective solutions to the environmental, social, and economic challenges we face at the local, national, and global scales.

What benefits will we receive?

University affiliates receive a wide array of support from grant funding for student programs to networking opportunities with your peers from universities around the state.
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Keep Louisiana Beautiful Affiliate

What benefits will we receive?

All affiliates who fulfill the annual requirements are eligible for the following benefits.

Organizational Support

  • Alignment with the state’s leading community enhancement organization
  • Exclusive use of the Keep XXX Beautiful name and logo
  • KLB staff support

Networking, Education and Training

  • Keep Louisiana Beautiful State Conference
  • Webinars and videos covering a variety of topics related to our mission work
  • Extensive networking opportunities with 40 community affiliates and other university affiliates, enabling you to connect and share ideas, projects and solutions
  • Membership in the University Sustainability Coalition

Tools and Resources

  • Access to all Keep Louisiana Beautiful programs, campaigns, handbooks and resources
  • Love the Boot Week, a statewide community engagement initiative
  • Rocksey’s Toolbox – environmental education lessons and activities
  • America Recycles Day
  • Litter Tracking App
  • Waste Audit and Litter Survey manuals
  • Data collection and reporting
  • Newsletters, communications, promotions and marketing materials

Grants

  • Keep Louisiana Beautiful university‐only grants
  • Keep Louisiana Beautiful Healthy Communities Grant
  • Limited Keep America Beautiful grants

Recognition

  • Presentation and publication opportunities for students, faculty, and staff
  • Keep Louisiana Beautiful Everyday Heroes Awards
  • Limited Keep America Beautiful National Awards
  • Listed as an affiliate on Keep Louisiana Beautiful website and print materials

What will we be required to do?

KLB has identified benchmarks for success to ensure you have the capacity to create a lasting impact on your campus and student communities.
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Keep Louisiana Beautiful Affiliate

What will we be required to do?

Requirements

  • Training: Participate in at least 4 hours of training or education annually. (e.g. KLB State Conference, KAB National Conference, KLB/KAB webinars or video trainings, recycling/waste reduction/litter workshops, Louisiana Sustainability Coalition or other)
  • Leadership: Have an active university coordinator/chair and committee
  • Branding: Use the affiliate name and logo
  • Annual Fee: $150 annual affiliate fee due August 1st
    • Conduct a Litter Survey of five pre‐determined campus locations including (fitness center/athletics, student union/cafeteria, main campus quad, parking lot, a section of the campus perimeter with high foot and vehicle traffic). Whole campus mapping is recommended every 5 years.
  • Programs: Conduct 3 Focus Areas Activities

Each university affiliate must conduct at least 1 activity from each of the focus areas listed below for a total of 3 activities per year. Affiliates are encouraged to do more than 3 but not required. Efforts should align with and augment KLB’s mission, and fit the needs of the particular campus and community, focusing on environmental education, litter prevention, waste reduction, sustainability practices, recycling, beautification, and service learning. Efforts should support behavioral, procedural and policy changes on campus.

Litter Removal, Prevention and Recycling (at least one required)

    • KLB’s Love the Boot Week Cleanup
    • Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup
    • Local or state adopt‐a‐road/beach program
    • America Recycles Day
    • Campus Race to Zero Waste (formerly RecycleMania)
    • GameDay Recycling Challenge
    • Project of your choice pre‐approved by KLB

Education and Engagement (at least one required)

    • Service‐learning project with students
    • Community‐learning project
    • Campus environmental, sustainability education or social media campaign
    • Mentor/partner with a local elementary, middle, junior or high school on an environmental education program
    • KLB’s Rocksey’s Toolbox education lessons for K‐5
    • Partner with a local KLB affiliate
    • Mentor a new university affiliate for one year
    • Project of your choice pre‐approved by KLB

Waste Reduction (at least one required)

    • Launch or expand waste reduction practice
    • Launch or expand SUD reduction program
    • Launch or expand green product purchasing program
    • Campus food waste reduction, diversion, or recovery program
    • Project of your choice pre‐approved by KLB

The Affiliate Process

Step One
Readiness Assessment
Step One

Readiness Assessment

Review the readiness assessment to self‐determine if your university is a good candidate for the Keep Louisiana Beautiful University Program. It is a tool to help you decide if your university is ready to begin the certification process and if it has the capacity to be a successful affiliate.

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Step Two
Submit Affiliate Application
Step Two

Submit Affiliate Application

To apply submit the online application form, upload a letter of support on your university letterhead signed by the president or the highest authorizing official, and include payment of the $200 certification fee. The estimated cost for KLB to train and manage the affiliate certification process is $800. KLB supports the university’s efforts by providing an in‐kind match of ¾ or $600 of the certification fee. The university is responsible for covering ¼ or $200 of the certification fee. The one‐time, non‐refundable fee must be paid at the time the application is submitted to KLB. Applications may be submitted anytime throughout the year, however, a new class of affiliate candidates will be selected in June of each year. If you need further assistance or have questions please contact programs@keeplouisianabeautiful.org.

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Step Three
Begin the Certification Process
Step Three

Begin the Certification Process

In June, you will be notified of your acceptance into the university affiliate certification program, and you will be a part of the university affiliate class. As a class, you will go through the certification process together, receiving support, mentorship, and guidance from KLB, the University Sustainability Coalition and other universities with established sustainability departments. The initial certification meeting will be held in‐person in conjunction with the KLB State Conference in October. Subsequent meetings will be held virtually from September to May.

  1. Create your Structure and Team.
    1. Determine the university department that will house the affiliate. KLB recommends the offices of sustainability, environmental services, service learning, community services, student affairs, facilities management, or a related department. (i.e. College of Arts and Sciences, Biology Department)
    2. Identify the university employee who will be designated as the university affiliate
      coordinator. This person will be the primary Point of Contact (POC) with Keep Louisiana Beautiful. A student or graduate student can volunteer to assist in the role under guidance of the designated POC.
    3. Create a KLB University Affiliate Advisory Committee or utilize an existing standing committee with representation from different areas and departments within the university such as alumni, student groups, athletics, student affairs or engagement, academic affairs, facility management, service learning, community service, environmental services, and sustainability. The advisory committee will assist throughout the certification process and provide ongoing direction and support to the affiliate and the affiliate coordinator.
    4. Affiliate committee members are invited to participate in the in‐person or virtually
      affiliate certification meetings.
    5. Affiliate committee members view education videos and/or webinars provided by KLB.
    6. Adopt and use the Keep (university name) Beautiful name and logo provided by KLB.
    7. Develop a workplan with goals and prioritized projects using the data and information collected from the waste audit, asset map, litter survey and opinion poll.
  2. Data Collection
    1. Conduct the following:
      • Waste Audit*– Identify SUD to track and create a baseline.
      • Asset Map* – Create a baseline. Include receptacles and water bottle
        refilling stations
      • Litter Survey* ‐ Identify hot spots and causes
      • Stakeholder Opinion Poll – Determine interest, engagement potential and roadblocks of students, faculty, trustees, and alumni*include at least 5 locations but can be campus‐wide
  3. Submit Your Certification Documents
    1. Upload and submit the certification documents stated above.
    2. Complete the above requirements within 12 months of applying.
  4. Completion of Certification
    1. Announcement and publicity.
    2. Activities begin.
    3. Eligible to apply for KLB grants.