2022 State Conference

Thank you for attending the Keep Louisiana Beautiful State Conference on October 11-12, 2022 at Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center! 

Keep Louisiana Beautiful’s State Conference is an annual educational training and networking forum welcoming all individuals, Keep America Beautiful Affiliates, universities, state and local governmental agencies, community and business partners, and non-profit organizations. Attendees can look forward to learning about proven practices and innovative programs designed to achieve a cleaner, greener, and more resilient Louisiana.

Interested in sponsoring the 2023 KLB State Conference? Contact info@keeplouisianabeautiful.org.

Conference Schedule

This year’s conference was designed to cover topics related to the eight recommendations made by the Governor’s 2022 Task Force on Statewide Litter Abatement and Beautification.

On January 18, Governor John Bel Edwards announced with an executive order the establishment of the Task Force, which was administered by the Lieutenant Governor’s Office and Keep Louisiana Beautiful. Presented to the Governor on July 1 was a report with the group’s recommendations for cleaning up Louisiana and initial priorities.

Tuesday, October 11 | Riverview Ballroom

9 – 10 a.m. | Conference Check-in

10 a.m. | Emcee: Eligha Guillory, KLB Board Vice Chair
  Welcome: Courtney Hornsby, KLB Board Chair

10:15 a.m. | Keynote: Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser

10:30 a.m. | Overview of Task Force on Statewide Litter Abatement and Beautification | Susan Russell, KLB Executive Director (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION)

11 a.m. – Noon | Recommendation 1: Establish Fundamentals to Sustain Litter Prevention and Beautification

  • Litter Study: Looking at Litter in Louisiana | Dr. Cecile Carson, CD Carson Consulting (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION)
  • Overview of 2022 Legislation Impacting Litter in Louisiana | Tyler McCloud, Division Director and Senior Counsel for the Louisiana Senate Committees on Natural Resources and Environmental Quality (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION)

Noon – 1 p.m. | Lunch Keynote and Recognizing the 2022 Class of KLB University Affiliates | Dr. James Henderson, President of

University of Louisiana System

  • Presentation of the KLB Community Affiliate Circle of Excellence Awards | Cabell Mouton, KLB Affiliate and Grant Director, and Jennifer Lawson, President and CEO of Keep America Beautiful

1-1:30p.m. | Recommendation 2: Raise Public Awareness

  • Presenting the Let Louisiana Shine Campaign | Joe Martin, Co-Creative Director and Partner, Red 6 Media (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION)

1:30- 2 p.m. | Recommendation 3: Build Knowledge Through Training and Education

  • Improving Waste Management at Festivals | Andrew Woodruff, Operations Director, and Kenneth Spears, Food and Beverage Director, French Quarter Festivals, Inc. (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION)

2 – 2:45 p.m. | Recommendation 4: Advance Youth Education to Create a Culture of Cleanliness

  • KLB University Affiliate Panel | Moderated by Dr. Cecile Carson, CD Carson Consulting
    Panel participants include Dr. Mitzi Jackson, Development Faculty Fellow, Nicholls State University; Carol Lunn, Assistant Vice President for Research and Economic Development, University of New Orleans; Tammy Millican, Executive Director, Louisiana State University Facility and Property Oversight; Helena Robinson, Director of Sustainability and Quality Control, Xavier University of Louisiana; Jordan Stewart, Assistant Director, Office of Sustainability, Tulane University; David Yarbrough, Dean of Community Service and a Professor of Human Development and Family Science, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

2:45 p.m. | Break

3 – 5 p.m. | Recommendation 5: Strengthen Litter and Illegal Dumping Enforcement Efforts

  • Presenting Pennsylvania’s Litter Action Plan and Enforcement Study Results  | Shannon Reiter, President of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION)
  • Expanding Litter Enforcement Efforts | Rick Moore, State Litter Enforcement Director (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION)
  • Operation Neaux Throw – Reducing Litter in Lafayette Parish | Bess Foret, Environmental Quality Manager,Lafayette Consolidated Government (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION)

Day 1 Meetings and Trainings by Invitation

10 – 11:15 a.m. | University Sustainability Coalition (Paramount Room)

3 – 4 p.m. | New University Affiliate Training (Paramount Room)

4:15 – 5:15 p.m. | New Community Affiliate Training (Paramount Room)

6 – 8 p.m. | KLB Private Reception, Sponsored by Waste Management (Huey Long Tunnel)

Wednesday, October 12 | Conference in Heidelberg Ballroom & Everyday Hero Awards Luncheon in Riverview Ballroom

8 – 8:30 a.m. | Breakfast (Outside Heidelberg Ballroom)

8:30 – 8:45 a.m. | Keynote: Jennifer Lawson, President and CEO of Keep America Beautiful (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION)

8:45 – 9:45 a.m. | Recommendation 6: Improve Waste Disposal Practices and Recycling Opportunities

  • A Look at Louisiana’s Recycling Needs Assessment | Craig Wittig, Director of Grant Implementation, and Marissa Ambrosi, Senior Researcher, The Recycling Partnership (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION)
  • EPA Grant Opportunities: Learn How to Secure Funds for Local Recycling | Renee Bellew, UST and Pollution Prevention Section, Land, Chemical and Redevelopment Division, EPA (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION)

9:45 – 10 a.m. | Break

10–11a.m.| Recommendation 7: Expand Litter Prevention and Removal Initiatives

11 – 11:45 a.m. | Recommendation 8: Support Beautification and Community Appearance Enhancement

  • New Beautification Grants: Funding Plants and Trees in Your Community | Susan Russell, KLB Executive Director (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION)
  • Beautification in Louisiana’s State Parks: Impacting Tourism and Residents’ Quality of Life | Brandon Burris, Assistant Secretary, Louisiana State Parks (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION)

11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | Networking at the Everyday Hero Awards Luncheon (Riverview Ballroom)

12:30 – 2 p.m. | Everyday Hero Awards Luncheon (Riverview Ballroom)

Keynote: Governor John Bel Edwards

  • Emcee: Judd Jeansonne, Executive Director of Volunteer Louisiana and KLB Advisory Board Member
  • Presentation of the 2022 Everyday Hero Awards



Thank You to Our Sponsors & Partners

E.J. Adams Forgotston in memory of C.B. Forgotston Jr.



Thank You to Our Exhibitors

Clean Earth, Inc., Louisiana Clean Fuels, Louisiana Department of Cultural Recreation and Tourism, Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Louisiana Recycling Coalition, Louisiana Stormwater Coalition, Mid City Redevelopment Alliance, Osprey Initiative, Waste Management