Everyday Hero Award Recipients


Each year, Keep Louisiana Beautiful recognizes those ithat go the extra mile to keep our communities clean, beautiful, and litter-free. These are the men, women, children, businesses and organizations that are moving Louisiana towards a more sustainable future through innovative programming, hard work, and dedication to greener, cleaner communities. Nominations for these awards open in late spring each year, and awardees are announced and honored at our annual Everyday Hero Awards Banquet, on the first night of the annual state conference. See the photos from this year’s Everyday Hero Awards Banquet here.

 

2019 Everyday Hero Award Recipients

Alice Foster Award: Matthew Stuller, Lafayette

Louisiana’s former First Lady, Alice Foster, played a crucial role in beautification and preservation efforts across the state, which helped to launch Keep Louisiana Beautiful. The Alice Foster Award recognizes an individual volunteer for their exceptional leadership in litter prevention, waste reduction, recycling and beautification. Matthew Stuller, who has worked tirelessly over the past twenty years to preserve his community’s natural beauty, protect watershed habitats, and cleanup litter, received this prestigious award. Mr. Stuller was presented with the award by Mr. Troy West, son of former First Lady Alice Foster.

Golden Can Award | Timothy Kerner, Jean Lafitte

This award recognizes a public servant who displays a deep commitment to KLB’s mission in their daily work by going above and beyond the call of duty. Timothy Kerner, Mayor of Jean Lafitte, who has worked diligently to build tidal protection levees, invest in new bridges and pump stations, creating the Wetlands Trace and improving the walkability of his town, was this year’s recipient. Mayor Kerner was presented the award by Dr. Susan Strain, Keep Louisiana Beautiful board chair.

 

Most Innovative Program Award | Union Parish Library and West Monroe Recycling Center

This award recognizes a successful beautification, litter prevention, recycling, or waste reduction program led by a school, civic group, non-profit or KAB affiliate. The first recipient, Union Parish Library launched a program to heighten awareness and bring much needed attention to the litter problem in Union Parish with the “Save Our Swamp” exhibit. They also implemented KLB’s environmental education in classrooms throughout the parish, and hosted a parish-wide clean waterway project by recruiting volunteers to clean all public boat launches on their lake, rivers, bayous, and creeks.

The second winner, the West Monroe Recycling Center, is a municipal-operated recycling center that offers free drop off service to all City of West Monroe residents as well as anyone who wishes to use the facility, despite where they are geographically located. Since its official opening in September 2018, more than 260,000 pounds of recyclable materials have been collected. These awards were presented by Dawn Cantrell, Vice President, Care Management, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana.

Youth Leadership Award | Rapides High School JAG

This award recognizes a student or youth-led group that displays creative thinking, demonstrates effective leadership, and engages their peers to make a significant impact on their community. Over three years, 217 students of the Rapides High School JAG (Jobs for America’s Graduates) have contributed 1,153 hours in 6 Great American Cleanup weekday workdays. During that time, they picked up litter, removed mulch from curbs, cleaned public spaces including weeding flower beds at Carter C. Raymond Elementary School, Lecompte High School Museum, Town Hall, Historic Smith’s Landing, and Louisiana Garden Club Federation Headquarters.  The students transformed Wall Street, the main street that runs through Lecompte by removing the termite ridden heavy wood planters which really had become an eyesore with new containers full of beautiful knock out roses, adding color and vibrancy to the downtown area.  Rapides High School JAG was presented the Youth Leadership Award by Assistant Superintendent of Academic Content for the Louisiana Department of Education, Jill Cowart.

Outstanding Affiliate Award | Shreveport Green

This award recognizes a Keep America Beautiful affiliate that shows fortitude, leadership, creative and diverse programming, and community engagement. This year’s Outstanding Affiliate Award was presented to Shreveport Green. Whether planting gardens, organizing neighborhood clean-ups, or hosting a camp, for more than 29 years, Shreveport Green has worked to affect positive change in the City of Shreveport. Thanks to new initiatives, careful planning, and skillful coalition-building, Shreveport Green has demonstrated strong vision and leadership which has resulted in a cleaner, more attractive community and enhanced the quality of life for all who call it their home. Shreveport Green director Donna Curtis was presented the award by Jane Polson, Trainer at Keep America Beautiful.

Outstanding Affiliate Director Award | Christy Delgado, Mandeville

This award recognizes a Keep America Beautiful affiliate director who demonstrates exceptional dedication to KLB’s mission and leadership in building a strong and sustainable organization. Christy Delgado of Keep Mandeville Beautiful, has created new initiatives and incentives to engage an even larger circle of influence in the Mandeville community. Mrs. Delgado has worked to reduce the use of plastic shopping bags by encouraging the use of re-usable shopping bags, educating community members on waste reduction and litter prevention, and planting community gardens. Mrs. Delgado was presented the award by E.J. Adams, Founder of Tangi Clean.

Corporate Leadership Award | Audubon Nature Institute, New Orleans

This award recognizes a business that demonstrates a consistent dedication to KLB’s mission, environmental stewardship and community enrichment. This year’s Corporate Leadership Award was presented to Audubon Nature Institute. Audubon committed to eliminating plastic water bottles, bags, and straws from its facilities and phasing out plastic beverage bottles. Audubon now offers guests eco-friendly alternatives, such as paper straws and water in aluminum cans. These changes are keeping a quarter of a million pieces of plastic out of the waste stream each year.

In addition to implementing eco-friendly business practices and sharing plastic reduction messaging at its facilities, Audubon works with local businesses to encourage them to choose biodegradable alternatives to single-use plastics and rallies individuals to join the fight by participating in plastic reduction initiatives.The award was presented to Audubon Nature Institute  by David D’Aquin, Manager of Public Affairs for Cox Communications.

Law Enforcement Recognition Award | Barbara Arcement

This award recognizes law enforcement personnel including Justices of the Peace, Constables, judges, and code enforcement officers who are successful at enforcing state, parish, or city litter and illegal dumping laws. This year’s Law Enforcement Recognition Award was presented to Officer Barbara Arcement of the Jefferson Parish Department of Environmental Affairs.  In her tenure, she has organized more than 100 community clean ups, neighborhood sweeps, and beautification projects. In addition to performing her job at an exemplary level, Officer Arecement demonstrates an extraordinary commitment to the guiding principles of Keep Louisiana Beautiful as well as to the environment. Officer Arecement was presented the award by Deputy Secretary Malcolm Myer, Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Corrections.