State Conference Agenda

September 26-27, 2018 | Baton Rouge

The Keep Louisiana Beautiful annual state conference and Everyday Hero Awards Banquet will take place on September 26-27 in Baton Rouge. All those interested in working towards a greener, cleaner, more beautiful Louisiana are invited to attend. Industry experts, civic officials, and anti-litter advocates from across the state will gather to present and share best practices that encourage environmental stewardship in practical ways that attendees can bring back to their own communities. Information on how to register, exhibit, donate, and submit an Everyday Hero nomination can be found on this page.

Conference Agenda

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

6:00 – 9:00 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 with Grace Keegan, Keep America Beautiful Central Region Director
(NOTE: This meeting is for Keep America Beautiful affiliates only)
9:00 Welcome by Susan Strain, Keep Louisiana Beautiful Board Chair
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 Getter 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 Stacey 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 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: Plant the Seed, by Liz Sheppard, Director of LifeCity
Reducing the environmental footprint of small businesses, one step at a time.
1:45 Recycling Resources Available for Communities by Rob Taylor, Senior Technical Asst. Specialist for Recycling Partnership
2:45 Break
3:00 Louisiana Recycling Coalition Meeting by Lisa Mahoney
This is an optional meeting held by the Louisiana Recycling Coalition

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

9 am Keep Louisiana Beautiful Update by Susan Russell, Executive Director of Keep Louisiana Beautiful
9:30 Marine Debris Sculptures: Educating the Public About Single-Use Plastics by Sonia Ahrabi-Nejad of The Audubon Institute
10:30 Break
10:45 Share and Grow: Program Ideas to Take Back to Your Community
Bead recycling program by Suzanne Bourgeois, STARC Director of Operations
Tree Legacy Program by Donna Curtis, Executive Director of Shreveport Green
Composting 101 by Stuart Hodnett, Director of Ouachita Green
11:45-12:45 Lunch and Motivational Speaker: Michael Lewis, New Orleans Saints Hall of Famer
12:45 Break
1:00 How to Establish Litter Court in Your Community by Rick Moore, St. Tammany Parish Constable and Director of Keep St. Tammany Parish Beautiful
2:00 Understanding the Challenges of Waste Tires by LDEQ Secretary Dr. Chuck Carr Brown
3:00 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 by calling 1-800-955-6962. A special guest rate is available for conference attendees, exhibitors, and presenters for $97 plus tax by mentioning the code “KLB.” The deadline to receive the special rate is Tuesday, September 4, 2018.

PARKING: Overnight guest valet parking with in/out privileges is $20 per day plus tax. Day parking is available for $10 for 4 hours or more. Parking is subject to availability.