Saturday, July 20, 2024

Keep Louisiana Beautiful and Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser Announce 2024 Love the Boot Week Award Winners

by BIZ Magazine

BATON ROUGE, La. – Keep Louisiana Beautiful (KLB) and Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser have revealed the winners of the 2024 Love the Boot Week awards, recognizing exceptional efforts in litter removal, beautification, and environmental education across the state. Seven organizations received awards for their commitment to enhancing the beauty and health of their communities.

“These organizations stepped up and demonstrated what it means to Love the Boot,” said Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser. “I commend them for their efforts to clean up and beautify Louisiana. Let’s all keep working together to put the paradise back in our Sportsman’s Paradise.”

“Congratulations to the 2024 Love the Boot Award winners,” said KLB Executive Director Susan Russell. “Your energy and enthusiasm were like nothing we’ve ever seen. Thank you for promoting environmental stewardship in your communities.”

Award Winners:

Outstanding State Agency: Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LaDOTD)
LaDOTD picked up an impressive 152,475 pounds of litter during more than 10 cleanup events along Louisiana roadways, marking the largest effort in Love the Boot Week history.

Outstanding Nonprofit Organization: Shreveport Green
Shreveport Green organized a city-wide cleanup with over 500 volunteers, collecting 27,242 pounds of litter. They also hosted an Earth Day celebration at their Urban Farm with beautification projects, educational stations, plantings, and a community mural painting.

Outstanding Parish: St. Charles Parish Government
St. Charles Parish mobilized 1,195 volunteers who dedicated 3,585 hours to pick up 26,285 pounds of litter, making their largest Trash Bash event a testament to excellent community leadership.

Outstanding City: City of Winnfield
Winnfield’s cleanup efforts, in collaboration with the Winn Parish Police Jury, resulted in the collection of 13,460 pounds of litter, showcasing strong community unity and commitment to a clean environment.

Outstanding University: Xavier University of Louisiana
Xavier University’s students and staff undertook both beautification and cleanup projects, removing 675 pounds of litter and planting 27 trees and 125 plants, demonstrating their dedication to environmental stewardship.

Outstanding K-12 School: Pierre Part Elementary
Pierre Part Elementary’s 110 volunteers picked up 9,850 pounds of litter and refurbished two gardens with 40 new plants, showcasing exceptional environmental leadership among young students.

Outstanding Recycling Award: Keep Bossier Beautiful
Keep Bossier Beautiful collected 667 aluminum cans and 661 plastic bottles with the help of 707 volunteers across four projects, emphasizing the importance of recycling and community cleanliness.

During Love the Boot Week 2024, 19,441 individuals volunteered a total of 100,712 hours at over 760 events, removing a record 347 tons of litter across all

64 parishes. Volunteers diverted 7,044 aluminum cans (293 lbs.) and 6,847 plastic bottles (330 lbs.) from landfills. Beyond litter removal, they focused on community beautification by planting 921 trees, 4,408 plants, and refurbishing 366 gardens.

“There are 143.8 million pieces of litter on Louisiana roadways, and litter costs taxpayers $91.4 million each year,” Russell noted. “Litter removal is just one piece of the puzzle to cleaning up Louisiana. We must Love the Boot 365 days a year by picking up litter when we see it, bagging our trash and covering our cans, cleaning out our truck beds, and securing our loads.”

For more information about Love the Boot Week and litter prevention tips, visit LoveTheBoot.org and LetLouisianaShine.org.

About Keep Louisiana Beautiful (KLB):
Keep Louisiana Beautiful (KLB) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit supported by the state of Louisiana and the Office of the Lieutenant Governor. KLB promotes best practices for litter prevention, beautification, recycling, waste reduction, and sustainability. The organization’s network includes 37 Community Affiliates and 10 University Affiliates committed to a cleaner, greener Louisiana. KLB supports communities through its programs, educational opportunities, and community improvement grants. KLB is affiliated with Keep America Beautiful. Learn more at KeepLouisianaBeautiful.org.

Shreveport Green’s Love the Boot Team

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