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2019 Project Front Yard Awards

We are excited to announce that nominations for the Sixth Annual Project Front Yard Awards are now OPEN! The awards are given annually to recognize individuals, organizations, and businesses in Lafayette who are working to create a cleaner, greener and environmentally conscious community.

Nominations will be accepted in five categories; Best in Preservation, Best in Restoration, Best in Advocacy, Overall Best Project, Front Yard Effort and Mayor’s Citizen Action Award. The initial categories have changed to focus on three areas – Restore, Preserve and Advocate – PFY works to encourage individuals and groups to restore the vibrancy from streets to neighborhoods, preserve our parks, wildlife, green spaces, and waterways, and advocate the implementation of zero waste practices to improve recycling efforts. The latest addition, Mayor’s Citizen Action Award, reflects the leadership from volunteers and businesses who use the Gnome Nation app.

To be eligible, individual nominees must either live or work in Lafayette Parish and organizations for nomination must be located within Lafayette Parish. The nomination deadline is September 18, 2019. Nominate someone today and learn more details about the 2019 Project Front Yard Award Descriptions and Nomination Forms.
Little Gnome Facts

Love the Planet and Make an Impact today! Zero waste is a long-term strategy that guides people in changing their lifestyle and practices to conserve all resources and materials to eliminate waste and pollution. Here are 101 easy eco-friendly, zero waste tips that’ll help you transition into a sustainable future.

Litter Prevention & Recycling

Litter

Nine billion tons of litter ends up in our oceans every year. Most of it is street litter that enters storm drains and other waterways. Here some facts about litter that you might have not known before:

Did you know plastic bags take a millennium to decompose? One millennium is a period of 1,000 years.

Over 1/3 of the litter cleaned up in the past year came from fast food containers, followed by paper and aluminum.

In one year, trash in the Vermilion River included 1,629 barrels of trash, 168 tires, and 245 large items.

If you witness littering or illegal dumping violations, you can report them by calling the state’s anti-litter hotline. Check out the referencing list with phone numbers for reporting on the Keep Louisiana Beautiful website. For updates, follow them on Facebook!

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Fix It Café – A pop-up meeting which introduces owners of objects that need repair with people who have the skills to fix it. This keeps a wide variety of items out of our landfills. Join No Waste Lafayette for their September meeting and talk about ways to reduce unnecessary waste.

During Mardi Gras 2017, the Krewe of Rio parade of 650 float-riders collected 6,400 pounds of cardboard, 400 pounds of plastic bags and 5,300 pounds of plastic beads. This reduced litter cleanup crews and dumpster fees.

Did you know that instead of throwing your plastic bags in your trash bin, you could bring them to your local grocery store? Many grocery stores have take-back programs so you can properly recycle your plastic bags.

Water Quality

Everything that goes down our storm drains ends up in coulees, bayous and rivers.

Debris such as six-pack rings, plastic bags and Styrofoam cups causes harm to our aquatic life.

Beautification

Community beautification should be high on your agenda as a neighborhood or community organization.  Simple projects range from planting colorful flowers or shrubs to painting planters, benches, sign posts — or whatever is beginning to look a bit tired.

Adding more green spaces to urban areas helps reduce nearby criminal activity.

Cities with more green retention space prevents storm water from overwhelming their sewers.

Did you know that one large tree can provide a days supply of oxygen for up to four people?

Trees lower surface and air temperatures by providing shade. Shaded surfaces may be 20–45°F cooler than the peak temperatures of un-shaded materials.

Trees cool the city by up to 10°F by shading our homes and streets and releasing water vapor into the air through their leaves.

Partner of the Month

Pathway Church 

Project Front Yard truly appreciates our Embrace A Space partners and their inspiring leadership to revitalize Lafayette. Embrace A Space is a commitment by an organization or business to join forces with the Gnome Nation. They can act as advocates, beautifying a public space with quarterly litter cleanup events of a designated space. Special thanks to Pathway Church for embracing Settlers Trace from Camellia to Ambassador Caffery! From volunteering to pick up litter to planting trees, you can take the first small step to support Project Front Yard’s BIG MISSION to become an environmentally healthy community. To learn about how your business or organization can Embrace A Space, contact projectfrontyard@lafayettela.gov for more information.

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