State Conference

September 20-21st, 2017 | Baton Rouge

Join us on September 20-21st in Baton Rouge for a two day conference that aims to empower attendees with ideas, tools and resources they can use to actively protect and enrich Louisiana’s unique natural beauty in their own communities.

The Keep Louisiana Beautiful State Conference, generously sponsored by ConocoPhillips, will be held at the Galvez Building Conference Center in Baton Rouge on September 20-21st. This annual conference is a fantastic opportunity for environmentally-minded individuals, businesses and organizations to come together for networking, training, and sharing big ideas. This year, we’ll learn how to develop a successful wildflower trail program, find ways to reduce – or even eliminate – waste in our homes and workplaces, discover methods for effectively marketing to millennials, and hear about how to establish a successful private-public partnership that can transform a community. Registration for the two-day conference plus a ticket to the formal Everyday Heroes Awards Banquet is $125 per person. You may register online below as either a participant or an exhibitor.


2017 State Conference Schedule

Tuesday, September 19 | Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center, Mezzanine Suite

6:00 – 9:00 pm Welcome reception for Keep Louisiana Beautiful board members, affiliates and affiliate board members. Come as you are to a casual reception to meet and mingle with leaders around the state. Light food and drink will be served.

Wednesday, September 20 | Galvez Building Conference Center, Oliver Pollock and Pensacola Rooms | 602 N. 5th Street

9:00 – 9:30 am Welcome
Susan Russell, Executive Director, Keep Louisiana Beautiful
Secretary Chuck Carr Brown, Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality
9:30 – 10:15 Reversing “Nature Deficit Disorder”
Jon Soul, Outdoor Education Coordinator, The Montessori School for Shreveport
10:15 – 11:00 Reforesting New Orleans, Ya Dig?
Susannah Burley, SOUL (Sustaining Our Urban Landscape)
11:00 – 11:45 The Beauty of a Private-Public Partnership
Stuart Hodnett, Ouachita Beautification Project
David Sorrell, Holyfield Construction
11:45 – 12:15 The Wildflower Trails of Mississippi 
Sarah Kountouris, Executive Director, Keep Mississippi Beautiful
12:15 – 1:00 Lunch Buffet
1:00 – 1:45 Operating a Zero-Waste Business
Emily K. Gaddis, Spirit Wine
1:45 – 2:15 Zero Waste Family, Day-to-Day
Amanda Waddle, No Waste Louisiana and 5-Gyres Ambassador
2:15 – 2:30 Recycling in Lafayette Schools: One Year Later
Catherine Schoeffler Comeaux
2:30 – 2:45 Break
2:45 – 3:30 Introducing the Louisiana Recycling Coalition
Sarah LaRock, Jefferson Parish Environmental Affairs
3:30 – 4:30 Louisiana Recycling Coalition Breakout Meeting

Everyday Heroes Awards Banquet | Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center, Heidelberg Ballroom
(Cocktail Attire)

6:00 – 7:00 pm Cash bar
7:00 – 9:00 Dinner
Keynote: The Vision and Future of Keep America Beautiful
Helen Lowman, President, Keep America Beautiful 
Presentation of Awards
Andrew R. Johnson, IV, Board Chair, Keep Louisiana Beautiful 

Thursday, September 21 | Galvez Building Conference Center | 602 N. 5th Street

9:00 – 9:30 am Opening Remarks
Susan Russell, Executive Director, Keep Louisiana Beautiful
Sharon Weston Broome, Mayor of Baton Rouge
9:30 – 10:15 Increasing Litter Law Enforcement in Your Community
Cecile Carson, Vice President of Affiliate Relations, Keep America Beautiful
10:15 – 10:30 Break
10:30 – 11:15 Appealing to Millennials in Our Work
Emily Arbour, Community Coffee
11:15 – 12:00 pm Engaging Volunteers in Environmental Initiatives 
Llewellyn Everage, Director of Volunteer and Intern Resources, Audubon Nature Institute
Maria Kohls, Manager of Volunteer and Intern Resources, Audubon Nature Institute
Stephanie Joseph, Manager of School and Youth Programs, Audubon Nature Institute
12:00 – 12:45 Lunch Buffet
12:45 – 1:30 Influencing Public Policy and Securing Municipal Support
John Gallagher, Executive Director of the Louisiana Municipal Association with staff panel
1:30 – 2:30 Environmental Education
Alma Robichaux, Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program
2:30 – 3:00 Final Remarks and Conference Closing
Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser

Conference Location and Parking:

The conference will be held in the Oliver Pollock and Pensacola Rooms in the LDEQ Galvez Building Conference Center located at 602 North 5 th Street. Conference parking for the Galvez Conference Center is located at Galvez Parking Garage located at 504 Main Street. Parking will be free for registered conference attendees with a validated ticket.

Hotel Accommodations

The beautiful Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center will be the host hotel for the conference. Located at 201 Lafayette Street, Baton Rouge, rooms may be reserved for $94/night by calling 1-800-955-6962. Provide the code (BEA) or ask for the “Keep Louisiana Beautiful” group to receive the group rate. Parking is available for $10 per day. Lots are located at Florida and Lafayette or Convention and Lafayette streets. Limited shuttle service provided from hotel to Galvez Building Conference Center.



Keep Louisiana Beautiful welcomes like-minded organizations and vendors aligned with our mission to join us as an exhibitor at the 2017 Keep Louisiana Beautiful State Conference. We appreciate your partnership and presence at our annual conference and hope that it will be successful for your organization as well as our attendees.

Please note that exhibitors will be provided with one six-foot table and two chairs. Exhibitors should bring their own table linens if desired. Electricity is provided, but exhibitors should bring extension cords and power strips.

Exhibitors must set up on Wednesday, September 20th between 7:30am and 8:30am. Exhibitor breakdown must be completed no later than Thursday, September 21st at 3:00 pm.


Keep Louisiana Beautiful is pleased to announce that the 2017 State Conference and Everyday Hero Awards Banquet are generously sponsored by ConocoPhillips. ConocoPhillips is the world’s largest independent exploration and production (E&P) company, based on reserves and production, and also the largest private wetlands owner in the United States. The company’s wetlands property, known as the ConocoPhillips Coastal Wetlands, is located in Southeast Louisiana and comprises approximately 636,000 acres. ConocoPhillips participates in a wide variety of environmental initiatives, including coastal restoration, wetland mitigation, and biomass carbon sequestration. To advance its environmental stewardship, the company also explores new opportunities through research projects and new experimental technologies. We are honored to have their partnership, which helps us reach our own mission of promoting “personal, corporate and community responsibility for a clean and beautiful Louisiana.”