State Conference

September 26-27, 2018 | Baton Rouge


Tuesday, September 25, 2018 | Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center, Mezzanine Suite 

5:00 – 8:00 pm Welcome Reception
Open to Keep Louisiana Beautiful board members, affiliates, and affiliate board members. Come as you are to a casual reception to meet and mingle with leaders from around the state.

Wednesday, September 26 | Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center, Riverview A

8:00 am KLB Affiliate Directors Meeting (affiliates only)
9:00 Welcome
9:15 Keynote: Mark C. Benfield, LSU Professor, Department of Oceanography & Coastal Sciences
Researchers release study findings that the Gulf of Mexico has high concentrations of microplastics.
10:15 Litter Gitter by Don Bates
Small stream litter collection device used to intercept floating litter from storm water runoff.
10:45 Break
11:00 Economic Development Panel by Stacy O’Neal, LED Director of Community Competitiveness.
Community appearance is the key to economic decision-making.
11:30 Leave No Trace by Nova Clarke, Refuge Ranger at Black Bayou Lake Maker and National Wildlife Refuge.
Watershed and the role of wetlands and swamps in cleaning water and preventing flooding.
12:00 Lunch
12:45 Educating Businesses on Green Practices by Liz Sheppard, Director of LifeCity
Reducing the environmental footprint of small businesses, one step at a time.
1:45 The State of Recycling in Louisiana by the Louisiana Recycling Coalition
2:45 Break
3:00 Louisiana Recycling Coalition Meeting (optional)

Everyday Heroes Awards Banquet | Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center, Heidelberg Ballroom
Semi-formal event to honor companies, individuals, and groups for their exceptional work to preserve the beauty of Louisiana.

6:00 – 7:00 pm Cash bar
7:00 – 9:00 Dinner and presentation of awards

Thursday, September 27 | Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center, Riverview A

8:30 am Keep Louisiana Beautiful Update by Susan Russell, Executive Director of Keep Louisiana Beautiful
9:00 Using Data to Communicate the Importance of Our Work by Leslie Tate, Keep Louisiana Beautiful
9:30 Share and Grow: Program Ideas to Take Back to Your Community
Bead recycling program by Suzanne Bourgeois, STARC Director of Operations
Small Business Salute by Bill Mauser, Director of Keep Slidell Beautiful
Tree Legacy Program by Donna Curtis, Executive Director of Shreveport Green
10:30 Break
10:45 Share and Grow (continued)
Composting 101 by Stuart Hodnett, Director of Ouachita Green
Public Use Composting by Compost NOW
11:30 New Orleans Saints Motivational Speaker
1:15 How to Establish Litter Court in Your Community by Rick Moore, St. Tammany Parish Constable and Director of Keep St. Tammany Parish Beautiful
2:15 Understanding the Challenges of Waste Tires by LDEQ Secretary Dr. Chuck Carr Brown
3:15 Conference Close


Conference Location and Hotel Accommodations

The beautiful Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center will be the host hotel and location for all sessions of the conference. Located at 201 Lafayette Street, Baton Rouge, rooms may be reserved for $97/night using discount code KLB by calling 1-800-955-6962. This rate is available through September 4, 2018. Parking is available for $10 per day. Lots are located at Florida and Lafayette or Convention and Lafayette streets.