Keep Louisiana Beautiful names
KMB Most Innovative Program in the State
The Keep Mandeville Beautiful high school anti-litter awareness program was selected to receive the Most Innovative Program Award in the state of Louisiana. The award was announced in September at a luncheon in the Old Governor's Mansion in Baton Rouge at the Keep Louisiana Beautiful state conference. Accepting the award was Susan Russell, KMB Director and Meg Denny, a senior student at Fontainebleau High who served on the program steering committee.
The award is presented by KLB each year to an affiliate, nonprofit organization, civic group or governmental entity that has introduced a successful environmental initiative that is particularly creative or innovative. Last year, KMB armed with a $10,000 grant, developed a program to reduce litter by targeting high school students and teen drivers. Mandeville High, Fontainebleau High and Lakeshore High participated in the program which has become an annual event. The program focuses on four main points - Litter is Costly, Litter is Harmful, Litter is Illegal and Litter is Preventable. The program reaches over 5,000 students during a week-long anti-litter awareness campaign full of promotions and activities in the schools. Over 2,000 students took pledges to not litter. "Litter. There's a bag for that." is the campaign slogan.
January 2013 -Keep Mandeville Beautiful received Keep America Beautiful President’s Circle Award during Keep America Beautiful’s 60th anniversary National Conference, which recently took place in Washington, D.C. The President’s Circle Award recognizes exemplary performance made by certified affiliates of the national nonprofit in building and sustaining vibrant communities.
March 2013 KMB recieved the Nestle GAC Cleanup PET Recycling Award and $1,000.
September 2012 - Keep Mandeville Beautiful was recognized as the leading state affiliate when Keep Louisiana Beautiful awarded the organization with the 2012 Affiliate of the Year Award and $500 during the state conference.
January 2012, KMB named Louisiana Affiliate of the Month.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR THE NEXT CITYWIDE CLEANUP
April 12, 2014
Keep Mandeville Beautiful and the City of Mandeville are calling all volunteers to help beautify and cleanup Mandeville on Saturday, April 12th from 9 a.m. to 12 a.m. Individuals, families and groups can volunteer for various projects that will improve the overall appearance of Mandeville such as litter pick up, gardening, mulching and cleanup of the waterways along Mandeville’s shoreline. Volunteers of all ages are welcome. More information will be made available as the event draws closer.
Recent grants allow KMB to extend its reach.
In May 2013, KMB received a $5,000 UPS grant to plant trees in Mandeville. With volunteer help, 50 trees will be planted in an effort to add to Mandeville's tree inventory. The trees will be planted in January 2014. Businesses, groups and individuals can sign up now to help with the project by contacting KMB at email@example.com. In June 2013, KMB received a $2,000 grant from KAB to implement a Cigarette Butt Litter Prevention program. Ten ash receptacles were purchased for public areas, "Please Don't Litter It" signs were erected along roadways and over 1,000 pocket ashtrays were distributed to smokers at the Town Crier and B's Tobacco Plus stores. KMB also recieved a trimmer and backpack blower valued at $500 from TROY-BILT.