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 and Susan Russell, Keep Louisiana Beautiful Executive 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 — Microplastics: An Invisible Problem in Louisiana Waters
Mark C. Benfield, Louisiana State University Department of Oceanography & Coastal Sciences, College of the Coast and Environment
10:15 Litter Gitter: Intercepting Storm Water Litter
Don Bates, Vice-President of Thompson Engineering/Owner of Osprey Initiative, LLC
10:45 Break
11:00 Why is Community Appearance Key to Economic Development?
Stacey Neal, Director of Community Development at Louisiana Economic Development
11:45 Leave No Trace: Protecting Wetlands for Everyone
Nova Clarke, Refuge Ranger at Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge
12:15 Lunch
1:15 Educating Businesses on Green Practices: Plant the Seed
Liz Sheppard, Director of LifeCity
2:00 Recycling Resources Available for Communities
Rob Taylor, Senior Technical Asst. Specialist for Recycling Partnership
3:00 Louisiana Recycling Coalition Meeting
Lisa Mahoney, Interim President of 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

9:00 am Keep Louisiana Year in Review
Susan Russell, Keep Louisiana Beautiful Executive Director
9:30 Art Inspiring Action: Tackling Marine Debris Through Local Actions
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
12:00 Lunch and Motivational Speaker: Michael Lewis, New Orleans Saints Hall of Famer
1:00 How to Establish Litter Court in Your Community
Rick Moore, St. Tammany Parish Constable and Director of Keep St. Tammany Parish Beautiful
2:00 Understanding the Challenges of Waste Tires
Chuck Carr Brown, PhD, Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality
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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.

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.