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Donna Curtis
Executive Director, “Shreveport Green”

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.

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08/16 - Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference (encore)

What difference has a decade made?

Due to severe flooding in Baton Rouge and the surrounding communities, the recording of “Black & The Blue,” which was to be the August episode of Louisiana Public Square, was cancelled. Instead we will be broadcasting an encore presentation of “Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference.” More information, including broadcast dates and times, is below.

“Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference”
Eleven years ago, Hurricane Katrina swept through Southeast Louisiana, triggering what would become the nation’s costliest disaster. Less than a month later, Hurricane Rita inundated Southwest Louisiana forever altering the landscape. The storms uprooted residents, while the rest of Louisiana and its neighboring states welcomed them with open arms.
What affect did the storms have on economic development along the I-10 corridor? Just over a decade later, how have public services changed? How prepared is Louisiana to handle hurricane evacuees? And how did the hurricanes change the demographics of the state?
This month Louisiana Public Square takes a look at where the state is now on an encore presentation of “Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference” airing Wednesday, August 17 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, August 21 at 11 a.m. on LPB HD.

The panelists are:
· Andy Kopplin, Office of New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu
· Paul Rainwater, Rainwater Consulting, LLC
· Stephanie Riegel, Greater Baton Rouge Business Report
· Nihal Shrinath, The Data Center

The program includes interviews with Jason El Koubi, One Acadiana; Chris Guilbeaux, Governor’s Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP); Kathy Kliebert, Secretary of the Department of Health and Hospitals; Allison Plyer, Executive Director of the Data Center; John White, State Superintendent of Education; and Christopher Bohnstengel and “Byrdie” Lane, owners of Byrdie’s Gallery and Café in New Orleans.

LPB CEO, Beth Courtney, and Kim Hunter Reed,Ph.D., who served in the Blanco administration during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, moderate the discussion.
“Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference” will also air in New Orleans, on WLAE. It 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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