Donna Curtis is the Executive Director of Shreveport Green, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the city's environment and enhancing its economy through public education and community beautification, litter abatement, and recycling projects. Donna volunteered in Beautification efforts for 10 years before joining Shreveport Green in 1990.
In December, 2001, Donna was recognized with the national Keep America Beautiful Professional Leadership Award. She is also currently serving on the board of the National Alliance for Community Trees as Past-President, a national organization for tree stewardship. She chaired the 1998 and 1999 All-America City award efforts that resulted in Shreveport winning the 1999 All- America City designation.
Since Shreveport Green’s inception in 1990, the affiliate has increased its annual
budget from $35,000 to over $800,000 in 2011. They have won 17 national awards
including seven First Place Keep America Beautiful (KAB) National System Awards, the National Tree Trust Branching Out Volunteer Award in 2000, KAB National Youth Group Award for ShrevCORPS, four Louisiana Urban Forestry Council Awards, and assisted a local middle school to win a first place award in the KAB awards program.
Shreveport Green has been instrumental in the city’s recycling efforts for 21 years and was one of the reasons the organization was founded. Shreveport Green has an annual telephone book recycling drive, which has served as a template for directory recycling nationwide with AT&T. The organization facilitated the first Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection in the area. Shreveport Green’s outreach and education in the recycling arena helped to build the momentum for the city’s curbside effort.
How well is the state’s public school system really performing?
One national survey ranks Louisiana as 49th for academic achievement of public school students. Another national report ranks the state dead last. So, how well is the state’s public school system really performing? Where is there room for improvement? What will the new federal “Every Student Succeeds Act” mean for education in Louisiana? And how have the historic summer floods changed things? Louisiana Public Square explores these issues and more on “Pass or Fail? Louisiana’s Education System” Wednesday, September 28 at 7 p.m. on LPB HD and in New Orleans on WLAE.
The panelists are
• Superintendent Michael Faulk, Central Community School System
• James D. Garvey, Jr. , BESE Board President
• Scott Richard, Executive Director, Louisiana School Boards Association
• Rep. Patricia Haynes Smith, D- Baton Rouge; House Education Committee
LPB CEO Beth Courtney and LSU Manship School of Mass Communication professor Robert Mann host the show. The program features interviews with Louisiana Education State Superintendent John White; Debbie Meaux, President of the Louisiana Association of Educators; Brigitte Nieland with the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry and Caddo Parish School Superintendent Dr. Theodis Lamar Goree.
“Pass or Fail? Louisiana’s Education System” can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.
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