Keep Louisiana Beautiful Annual State Conference, October 10-11, to Feature Presentations on Litter Prevention, Recycling, Beautification, and Sustainability Efforts in Louisiana
BATON ROUGE, La. – Keep Louisiana Beautiful (KLB) will host its annual State Conference October 10-11 at the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center, welcoming all to hear from experts on best practices for litter prevention, recycling, beautification, and sustainability efforts in Louisiana.
Presentation highlights include:
- Results of the new Louisiana Litter Study, including cost of litter, roadside litter data, and public perception information.
- Keep Tennessee Beautiful and the Tennessee Department of Transportation discussing best practices for roadside litter clean up.
- Louisiana organizations discussing best practices for keeping our waterways litter-free.
Attendees include keynote speaker Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser, local and state leaders, local government administrators, community organizations, non-profits, university staff and students, and individuals. Registration is $175 and is available at KeepLouisianaBeautiful.org. Student pricing is $85. Sponsor and exhibitor opportunities are also available.
“It’s important to provide a forum for local and state leaders, businesses, non-profits, and individual citizens to discuss Louisiana’s litter problem,” said Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser. “The KLB State Conference serves as an opportunity for us all to come together to bring attention to this issue and brainstorm ways to address the problem. Together, we will move the needle toward a cleaner, greener Louisiana.”
“The KLB State Conference is attended by people who care about Louisiana and want to see it cleaned up,” said KLB Executive Director Susan Russell. “Not only is the conference a great networking opportunity, but it’s a time for idea sharing. We hope people learn from one another and take back ideas to their communities.”
Day one speakers and agenda topics include:
- Keynote: Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser
- State of KLB and How to Get Involved – Susan Russell, KLB Executive Director
- Results of the New Louisiana Litter Study – Dr. Cecile Carson, CD Carson Consulting
- Lunch Keynote: Dr. James B. Henderson, President & CEO of the University of Louisiana System
- Successful Beautification Efforts on College Campuses and How to Replicate – Speakers from Nicholls State University, Louisiana State University, University of Louisiana at Monroe, and University of New Orleans
- Greener Grounds: A Guidebook to Litter Prevention and Waste Management at Outdoor Events + KLB’s New Grant Program for Events – Susan Russell, KLB Executive Director
- Organizations Leading the Way with Green Outdoor Events – Speakers from French Quarter Festivals Inc., Grounds Krewe, Osprey Initiative, and University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Day two speakers and agenda topics include:
- Efforts to Reduce Litter in Baton Rouge – Sharon Weston Broome, Mayor-President of the City of Baton Rouge and East Baton Rouge Parish
- Protect Our Waters from Litter – Speakers from LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens, Louisiana Stormwater Coalition, Pearl Riverkeeper, and the City of New Orleans Adopt a Catch Basin program
- The Power of Collaboration in Tackling Litter – Missy Marshall, Keep Tennessee Beautiful Executive Director, and Brittany Morris, Outreach Coordinator, State of Tennessee Department of Transportation
- Overview of the 2023 State of Recycling in Louisiana Report – Craig Witting, Senior Director for Grant Implementation and Community Engagement for The Recycling Partnership; Followed by a panel featuring grantees of The Recycling Partnership moderated by Matt James, Grant Development Manager for The Recycling Partnership
The conference will conclude on October 11 with the Everyday Hero Awards luncheon honoring individuals, businesses, and non-profits going above and beyond to clean up Louisiana. The keynote speaker is Jennifer Lawson, President and CEO of Keep America Beautiful. Award winners will be announced soon.
The KLB State Conference and the Everyday Hero Awards are made possible thanks to event sponsors: Alta and John Franks Foundation; E.J. Adams Forgotston in memory of C.B Forgotston, Jr.; Hayworth, Waymouth & Carroll, LLP; Innovative Advertising; Louisiana Beverage Association; Louisiana Seafood Promotion & Marketing Board; Mele Printing; PepsiCo; Red Six Media; and, Waste Management. The Office of the Lieutenant Governor is also a proud KLB partner.
Conference exhibitors include American YouthWorks; LA PRO, LLC; Louisiana Conservation Corps; Garbo Grabber; Louisiana Clean Fuels; Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality; Louisiana Recycling Coalition; Louisiana Stormwater Coalition; Osprey Initiative, LLC; and, Republic Services.
Keep Louisiana Beautiful (KLB) is the state’s leading anti‐litter and community improvement non-profit organization focused on achieving a cleaner, greener Louisiana through education, enforcement, public awareness, and community engagement. KLB is affiliated with the national organization, Keep America Beautiful, and is supported by a robust statewide network of 43 Community Affiliates and 10 University Affiliates. Learn more at KeepLouisianaBeautiful.org.