Cleco has received the Corporate Leadership Award from Keep Louisiana Beautiful.

The award is given to a business that has demonstrated innovative and consistent dedication to environmental stewardship and community enrichment, according to the organization.

Cleco was the first group to volunteer for Keep Slidell Beautiful’s initial cleanup after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 with 15 volunteers. Since then, Cleco has participated in every KSB cleanup.

Each year, Cleco sponsors the Arbor Day Tree Giveaway by the Slidell Tree Board, and a Cleco representative and arborist sit on its board. Cleco has sponsored the Clean Schools Contest in the past and provided materials and labor for two lights at the Pearl Williams Memorial Garden in John Slidell Park.

Cleco provides recycled mulch for KSB beautification projects like mulching 2 miles of Front Street and the Senior Citizens Landscaping Project.

Cleco employees also volunteer with other community organizations through their Outreach Program, including Boys and Girls Club of Southeast Louisiana, East St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce, Community Action Board, Hospice Foundation, Keep Slidell Beautiful, St. Tammany Economic Development Foundation, Rotary Club, St. Tammany Home Builders Association and the Youth Services Bureau.

John Murchison, a residential and commercial developer for Cleco, accepted the award. He sits on the KSB Board of Directors and is co-chairman of its successful golf tournament.

Murchison and his wife, Alice, attended the KLB Awards Luncheon along with Bill Mauser, KSB executive director; Buddy Lloyd, KSB Board of Directors; Katy Lloyd, teacher at Honey Island Elementary; and Wanda Beelman, KSB board secretary.

For information on Keep Slidell Beautiful, call Bill Mauser at (985) 265-5029.