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 Project Front Yard hosted the second annual GR8 Acadiana Cleanup, an eight day community “Festival of Service” focused on projects that improve the built environment, enhance our social fabric, provide environmental education, encourage volunteerism and promote business engagement. The Festival of Service kicked off on April 7 and continued through April 14 in coordination with local and regional partners and service organizations including Acadiana Center for the Arts, Acadian Raingardens, Bayou Vermilion District, Eco Cajun, Habitat for Humanity, Lafayette Consolidated Government’s (LCG) Planning and Environmental Quality Division, Leadership Institute of Acadiana, No Waste Lafayette, Project Front Yard – St. Martin Parish, Scenic Lafayette and the705. Project Front Yard will work with these organizations to coordinate daily service projects that can be performed by individuals, businesses and groups alike. _______________________________________________________________________ 

Project Front Yard teamed up with Krewe of Rio 

to create a cleaner, greener Mardi Gras parade experience!


On February 3, a group of 25 Project Front Yard volunteers met at Pontiac Point prior to the parade kick-off where they assisted Krewe members in recycling more than 4,600 pounds of cardboard and almost 400 pounds of plastic film. These efforts alone diverted about 85% of normally landfilled waste at the start of the parade into the recycling stream. The volunteers then walked as the last “float” in the parade where they collected more than 5,300 pounds of beads to be repurposed and reused by LARC. The overall waste reduction and recycling work decreased the parade debris which would have otherwise been landfill-bound by about 24 percent. 






IBERIABANK’s downtown Lafayette headquarters was the setting for the Fourth Annual Project Front Yard Awards on Thursday October 5, 2017. Since PFY’s inception in 2014, the community-wide beautification initiative has worked to highlight those who work tirelessly to improve the face of the community.  As a part of their ongoing commitment to PFY’s mission, IBERIABANK partnered once again to celebrate honorees at the event. The awards are given annually to recognize individuals and organizations in Lafayette for their efforts in community beautification. A total of four awards were given in the categories of Best in Cleanliness, Best in Beautification, Best in Education and Best Overall Project Front Yard Effort.

Picture L-R: Tara Bienvenu-Keller Williams Realty of Acadiana, Catherine Comeaux-No Waste Louisiana, Lafayette Chapter, Skyra Rideaux-Project Front Yard Coordinator, Tina Bingham-McComb-Veazey Neighborhood Coterie, Mickie Hughes-Love Acadiana, Mayor-President Joel Robideaux.​​

Project Front Yard Newsletters Archive


Project Front Yard Awards - The awards are given annually to recognize individuals and organizations in Lafayette who are working to improve the face of the community in four categories; Best in Cleanliness, Best in Beautification, Best in Education and Overall Best Project Front Yard Effort


2014 Project Front Yard Award Winners
Six individuals and organizations that have done something to beautify Lafayette were honored on October 14, 2014 with the first Project Front Yard Awards.

The honorees included:

  • E. Joseph Savoie, president of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, who City-Parish President Durel described as the inspiration for Project Front Yard because he was “caught” picking up trash on campus.
  • Linda Cormier representing the volunteers of Better Block Cameron, a one-day transformation of a neighborhood to show residents and businesses what that street could look like again.
  • Jan and Charlie Wyatt of the Bayou Vermilion Preservation Association, who Durel said taught him about the bayou and the importance of public service.
  • Lafayette Convention and Visitors Commission, accepted by Director Ben Berthelot, for supporting public art and funding murals at the gateway of University Avenue and Interstate 10.


Two special "Best Of" award recipients were also recognized:

  • Caitlin Sonnier, described as an “Eco-Cajun” and a “Cajun tree hugger” who once took the trash from a farmer's market event home to recycle and dispose of.
  • Village at River Ranch, the upscale mixed-use traditional neighborhood design, which pays to keep its streets, neighborhoods and public places clean and beautiful.


Project Front Yard Success!

  • Received over $2 million in in-kind media coverage from all our media partners (The Daily Advertiser, The Acadiana Advocate, The Independent, Townsquare Media, Cumulus Media, Delta Media, KATC, KLFY, KADN, LUS Fiber, Cox Communications, Lamar, Acadiana Profile and Acadiana Gazette)
  • Produced a print ad and billboard campaign (creative services donated by Stuller)
  • Rewrote our local litter ordinances to help our local officials address litter and illegal dumping
  • Hired an Project Front Yard Coordinator position (via a private donation) to address
  • environmental cleanliness, beautification and education issues
  • Received a Project Front Yard enforcement car and had it wrapped with the Project Front Yard logo (courtesy of Manuel Builders)
  • Partnered with LPSS and Stone Energy to announce “Another Great School Yard” a beautification project for Lafayette Middle School
  • Hosted annual award nights (2014, 2015 and 2016) at IBERIABANK to honored groups and individuals doing beautification work in our community
  • Helped plan and execute "The Big Event," an annual fall cleanup (2014, 2015 and 2016) with thousands of UL students to make a significant impact on our community's appearance in one day
  • Started a Project Front Yard business decal program (sponsored by IBERIABANK), asking over 100 local businesses to pledge to keep their spaces clean.
  • Supported and organized effort to clean up Lake Martin
  • Planted over 260 trees in local parks
  • Organized over dozens of community leaders at the annual “Leaders Against Litter” event (2015 and 2016) and picked up hundreds of gallons of trash in just 2 hours
  • Orchestrated the first Project Front Yard Mardi Gras Cleanup behind the Krewe of Rio Parade, with 25 volunteers picking up trash along the parade route and promoting the efforts of Project Front Yard
  • Partnered with Acadiana Center for the Arts to display public art on traffic boxes
  • Hosted the first ever Project Front Yard summit at Vermilionville during PlanLafayette Week, bringing in Tom Ethans from Take Pride Winnipeg!
  • Awarded the 2015 Keep Louisiana Beautiful conference, due in part to the success of Project Front Yard
  • Launched a digital map of the Bayou Vermilion in partnership with CGI, Bayou Vermilion District, and the Bayou Vermilion Preservation Association
  • Partnered with Republic Services to pick up over 1,027 tons of bulky waste and 2,262 yards of yard waste in a 5 week period
  • Updated our Adopt a Road program rebranding it “Embrace a Space” with more stringent requirements
  • Conducted “Cleanest High School” and “Rain Barrel Public Art” competitions with area schools
  • Supported a national Rebuilding Together event which brought in AmeriCorps volunteers from all over the country to do work in the Bridge Ministry neighborhood
  • Removed 784 illegal snipe signs from our roadside from March and April alone
  • Facilitated a Sunday Morning Downtown Cleanup effort for all of 2015, sponsored by Downtown Lafayette Restaurant and Bar Association, Chase Tower, Lemoine Company and Downtown Lafayette
  • Piloted a plastic bag recycling program, Plastic Bag Roundup, challenging Lafayette Parish schools to collect plastic bags to be recycled into a school bench


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Saturday, October 24, 2015

Saturday October 25, 2014
THANK YOU for helping us make a BIGGER difference!

On Saturday October 25th 1,000 UL students partnered with The Daily Advertiser, Lafayette Consolidated Government and United Way of Acadiana to pick up litter and illegal signs on UL campus and the surrounding areas. After the clean up, we stuffed 8 foot chicken wire letters with the trash to show the public just how much trash is on our streets on any given day. Over 4,000 gallons of trash was stuffed into these letters from just a couple of hours of trash pick up!

Click here to watch the letters get filled in a time lapse video recorded by Jessica Blank and THE LITTER LETTER PROJECT.


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