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Houma, LA—Keep Louisiana Beautiful (KLB) has chosen the South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center to receive a Greener Grounds Grant to support the Ladybug Ball’s litter prevention and waste management practices. Jonathan Foret announced today that Keep Louisiana Beautiful has awarded the $5,650 grant to help create and execute a plan focused on waste reduction. “This grant award represents an active partnership with KLB that will help our event organizers uphold their responsibility to do the right thing for the environment while we give our attendees all the fun and festivities the Ladybug Ball offers,” Foret said.
KLB’s Executive Director, Susan Russell explains that Greener Grounds is more than just a cleanup supplies grant, endeavoring to improve litter prevention and waste management practices at large, outdoor Louisiana events such as fairs, festivals, parades and concerts. KLB partnered with French Quarter Festivals, Inc. to create the Greener Grounds Guidebook and Workbook to provide practical ways that event organizers can plan to manage and reduce waste, increase recycling and prevent litter at their events. The grant supports the implementation of the best practices outlined in the guidebook. “Louisiana is home to more than 400 festivals and events annually attended by locals and tourists who come together to celebrate the state’s vibrant offerings of food, music, history, and culture. With these events often comes a completely avoidable and solvable issue: litter. While we all love to laissez les bons temps rouler, we must ensure the waste inevitably created by outdoor events does not threaten our environment. Keeping event sites clean not only enhances the attendees’ experience, but also helps stop the detrimental cycle of mismanaged waste becoming litter that will clog storm drains or enter waterways – an issue that harms the state’s coastline, wildlife and water quality.”
Made possible with funding from the State of Louisiana and the Office of the Lieutenant Governor, 25 Greener Grounds Grants totaling over $140,000 were awarded to eligible organizations including Louisiana non-profits, municipalities and parishes that organize events of at 1,000 attendees per day. Foret added, “We will use our grant to add litter prevention measures and education to the Ladybug Ball, including the addition of zero waste stations, educational workshops, and antilitter signage. The 2024 Ladybug Ball will be Saturday, April 20th in Houma, Louisiana.”
Keep Louisiana Beautiful’s mission is to promote personal, corporate, and community responsibility for a clean and beautiful Louisiana. Through their programs and statewide network of affiliates and partners, the organization provides the tools and resources to prevent litter, reduce waste, increase recycling, and beautify spaces. KLB is a non-profit organization dedicated to achieving a cleaner, greener Louisiana through litter reduction and beautification initiatives. For those who want to get involved, please visit keeplouisianabeautiful.org.