Leave Only Footprints exists to raise awareness and participation in green initiatives and Leave No Trace behaviors among visitors to and residents of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.

The collaborative effort began in 2007, coordinating city, state, business and individual efforts and resources to ensure the sustainability of our island’s valued natural assets. In 2015, the partnership launched the Beach Litter Program to ensure the health and safety of both Alabama’s white-sand beaches and the beachgoers who while away the hours along our sugar-white sand.

Families return to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach year after year. We are working together to maintain a clean coast for the generations to come. Will you join us?

Awards and Honors

Alabama Tourism Department Partnership Award

In 2016, Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism was presented the Tourism Partnership of the Year award for working together with the cities of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach on implementing and marketing the Leave Only Footprints initiative. The award recognized the importance of the program’s implementation to both the continued sustainability of the Alabama Gulf Coast’s natural resources and to the continued success of the tourism industry which it fosters.

Alabama PALS Governor’s Award

The Leave Only Footprints initiative was awarded the 2016 Alabama PALS Governor’s Award on Nov. 16, 2016. The annual Governor’s Awards Program sponsored by the Alabama PALS (People Against a Littered State) recognizes groups and individuals who demonstrate outstanding commitment in the areas of litter control, recycling, local cleanup efforts, environmental education and volunteerism.

Teaming up for the clean island cause

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Leave Only Footprints

Leave Only Footprints is a collaborative effort to coordinate city, state, business and individual efforts and resources for recycling and other environmentally friendly practices island-wide.
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Leave Only Footprints11 hours ago
Come, sail away! Everything that goes out on the boat with you must come back in. #StashYourTrash

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Leave Only Footprints20 hours ago
Stay cool and protect your skin! 🏖️ If you bring an umbrella, make sure it leaves with you by sunset each day.

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Protect their home by using boardwalks and staying off the dunes. Thank you!
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Splish splash!
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Show of hands 🙋: Who's coming to the beach for Labor Day weekend?
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Happy #FootprintsFriday! Enjoy this beautiful beach weekend and leave only footprints each evening.

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