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Panelist Bio


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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     02/17 - Black & the Blue

What can be done to improve trust among the police and the public they serve?
Last year’s shooting of an African-American male in Baton Rouge by two white police officers re-ignited a national debate on how law enforcement interacts with minority communities. Nationwide demonstrations were ultimately marred by the targeted ambush of 12 white officers in Dallas and the killing of three members of law enforcement in Baton Rouge. What can be done to improve trust among the police and the public they serve? How can Louisiana’s Capital City productively move beyond these events? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on a special town hall edition, “Black & the Blue” Wednesday, February 22 at 7 p.m. on LPB HD and in New Orleans on WLAE. (Recording Monday, February 20)

Invitation, details and directions (pdf format)

Our panelists will be:
• Fr. Rick Andrus, St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, Together BR
• Darrell Basco, state president of Fraternal Order of Police
• Sharon Weston Broome, Mayor-President of Baton Rouge
• Rep. Ted James, D-Baton Rouge; Public Safety Task Force
• Stephanie Riegel; Greater Baton Rouge Business Report

LPB CEO Beth Courtney and Reverend Raymond Jetson, pastor of Star Hill Church host the program. Robyn Merrick with the Southern University System and Bob Mann with LSU’s Manship School will moderate the discussion.
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