Keep Louisiana Beautiful, like so many other organizations, has adjusted to a new way of doing business due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Breaking from the traditional, in-person annual state conference, Keep Louisiana Beautiful is offering a virtual conference in the form of a six-part webinar learning series. The series will run from Nov. 5-24. It’s free and open to individuals, companies, community and civic organizations, as well as local and state governmental entities interested in protecting and preserving the beauty of Louisiana by preventing litter, increasing recycling, reducing waste, strengthening litter enforcement and creating community engagement opportunities.

All webinars will be from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Go to https://keeplouisianabeautiful.org/conference to register.

“Although we will miss connecting in person with our extensive KLB family, offering a virtual conference gives Keep Louisiana Beautiful the opportunity to reach and engage with more people in Louisiana than we would have with a traditional conference. One of the benefits of conducting the virtual conference is that we were able to secure four fantastic national presenters, something that might have been unattainable otherwise,” said Susan Russell, Keep Louisiana Beautiful executive director.

Nov. 5: The Anatomy of Resilience: Be Tired but Don’t You Quit

Keynote speaker Pamela Benson Owens kickoffs the webinar series with an interactive presentation on embracing change, creating motivating environments and emotional intelligence to inspire and reinvigorate your work.

Nov. 10: How COVID-19 has changed the face of litter and how we engage with volunteers

Learn about a LSU global research project to map the amount and types of personal protective equipment litter due to the pandemic and what we can do to prevent it. Two local groups will discuss how they pivoted to meet the ever-changing logistical challenges of organizing volunteers during a pandemic.

Nov. 12: Keep America Beautiful National Cigarette Butt Litter Study Results

KAB discusses findings from two national cigarette butt litter studies. One explores the effectiveness ash receptacles versus a public awareness campaign to reduce butt litter. The second study examines the impact of smoking bans on cigarette butt litter, analyzes smoking ban ordinances, and highlights case studies.

Nov. 17: Keep Louisiana Beautiful Focus on the Future: Educating, Engaging and Expanding

KLB announces two new initiatives to grow Louisiana’s affiliate network by creating university and state community affiliates. Armed with a $500,000 grant, KLB and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette launch one of two university affiliate programs in the United States. Learn how your university or community can be a part of this exciting expansion.

Nov. 19: The Recycling Partnership: 2020 State of Curbside Recycling Report

Explore how well the recycling system is doing in maximizing the recovery of residential recyclable materials, how the application of best management practices improves performance, and how The Recycling Partnership resources can help communities in Louisiana take their local recycling programs to the next level.

Nov. 24: Understanding the Litter Laws and Effective Enforcement Strategies

Understanding the litter and illegal dumping laws and the challenges enforcement them is the first step in determining the most effective enforcement strategy. Strategies vary from strengthening local ordinances, using surveillance cameras, and operating hotlines to media campaigns.