Keep Louisiana Beautiful calls for award submissions

BATON ROUGE — Keep Louisiana Beautiful, the state’s non-profit organization dedicated to litter prevention and waste reduction, is calling on Louisiana residents to help nominate exemplary groups and individuals whose efforts help to keep Louisiana beautiful. The annual awards program presents seven awards recognizing exceptional volunteers in the state and includes the Alice Foster Award, named in honor of the former first lady of Louisiana.

Deadline for entries is Oct. 8. Entries should be sent to info@keeplouisianabeautiful.org.

Recipients will be recognized on Oct. 26 during the Annual Awards Luncheon at the conclusion of the 2012 KLB State Conference in New Iberia. Former Gov. Mike Foster will speak at the luncheon and former first lady Alice Foster will present the special award named in her honor.

Keep Louisiana Beautiful seeks nominations and entries for the following categories:

Most Innovative Program — a Keep Louisiana Beautiful affiliate, nonprofit organization, civic group or governmental entity that has introduced a successful environmental initiative that is particularly creative or innovative.

Youth Leadership Award — a school, school district, educator or student (elementary through college) that has displayed creativity and effective leadership, engaged peers and community and has made a significant impact.

Outstanding Keep Louisiana Beautiful Affiliate (population over 10,000) — an affiliate that has shown exceptional creativity and diversity of programming as well as community engagement and leadership qualities.

Outstanding Keep Louisiana Beautiful Affiliate (population under 10,000) — an affiliate that has shown exceptional creativity and diversity of programming as well as community engagement and leadership qualities.

Outstanding Keep Louisiana Beautiful Affiliate Director — a director/executive director of a KLB affiliate who has demonstrated innovative and exceptional leadership in building a strong, sustainable and diverse program in his/her community.

Corporate Leadership Award — a business that has demonstrated innovative and consistent dedication to environmental stewardship and community enrichment.

Alice Foster Award — recognizes volunteers for exceptional leadership in litter prevention, waste reduction, recycling and beautification.

“We are honored to present our annual awards program to spotlight groups and individuals who go above and beyond to help keep our state beautiful,” said Leigh Harris, KLB executive director. “If you know of an individual, group or a company that has done an outstanding job with anti-litter and sustainability efforts, please help us recognize them by submitting an entry today.”

A complete list of awards and entry submission guidelines are provided at www.keeplouisianabeautiful.org. Entries must be emailed to info@keeplouisianabeautiful.org by Oct. 8.

About Keep Louisiana Beautiful:

KLB is a volunteer-based service organization dedicated to a healthy and litter-free Louisiana. Through a network of 45 affiliate communities statewide, KLB promotes its mission to educate Louisianans on the ecological and economic effects of littering. For more information, visit www.keeplouisianabeautiful.org or on Facebook by searching “Keep Louisiana Beautiful” and follow on Twitter @keeplabeautiful.

About the KLB Conference:

The state conference will be held Oct. 24-26 in New Iberia, complete with workshops, guest speakers and discussions of new initiatives to spark ideas to help keep your community beautiful. For more information and to register for the upcoming conference, visit the KLB website.

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