Keep Louisiana Beautiful (KLB), with support from the State of Louisiana and the Office of the Lieutenant Governor, awarded 25 organizations in 15 parishes a total of $141,133 in Greener Grounds Grants to implement best practices for litter and waste prevention and reduction at large outdoor events. This is the first year this grant program has been available, and it was designed to complement the Greener Grounds Guidebook and Workbook developed by KLB and French Quarter Festivals, Inc. One of the first funded events to take place was the Crowville Fall Festival in Franklin Parish on October 21.
The Crowville Fall Festival, in its third year, took place at the Crowville Community Center and grounds and drew approximately 3,000 people. The festival featured arts and crafts, food vendors, live music and entertainment, exhibits, bounce houses, and games. The event is free and family-friendly.
To help reduce waste and litter, the Friends of Crowville used the Greener Grounds Grant to purchase trash and recycling receptacles. The organization partnered with BETA Club students from Franklin Parish High School to help with recycling, trash removal, and grounds clean up. As a result of the new recycling receptacles and volunteer help, nearly 100 pounds of aluminum cans were recycled at the local recycling center.
“We are excited to see Friends of Crowville and their volunteers have success in reducing litter and increasing recycling at their festival,” says Susan Russell, KLB Executive Director. “We congratulate them on their efforts and look forward to seeing them grow their sustainability efforts in the years to come.”
Download the guidebook, workbook, and find more information about the grant program at www.keeplouisianabeautiful.org. KLB encourages all outdoor event organizers in Louisiana to use the guidebook and workbook when planning events. Contact email@example.com with questions.