2nd Annual Cox Conserves Heroes-Virginia Awards Program Launched

February 13, 2012
Chesapeake, VA

The Trust for Public Land (TPL), in partnership with Cox Communications, today launched Virginia's 2nd Annual Cox Conserves Heroes program. Nominations are being accepted at CoxConservesHeroes.com for volunteers who are helping to create, preserve, or enhance our shared outdoor spaces. A total of $15,000 will be donated to local environmental nonprofits on behalf of the finalists.

Judging panels comprised of local civic and environmental leaders will select one finalist from each of the areas: Roanoke, Hampton Roads and Fairfax County/Fredericksburg. The three finalists will then compete to be named Virginia's 2012 Cox Conserves Hero. The winner will be chosen through an online public vote.

A nominee's work must be done on a volunteer basis and may not be part of the individual's paid job. By improving our shared environment, these unsung heroes make Virginia communities better places to live, work, and play. Nominations will be accepted through 5 p.m. EST on March 11 at CoxConservesHeroes.com.

Cox Conserves Heroes-Virginia timeline:

  • Nominations: February 13 - March 11
  • Voting:  Early April
  • Winner Announcement: Mid May

Chris Clifford was named Virginia's 2011 Cox Conserves Hero and chose Park Partners, Inc. to receive $5,000. He helped construct fifteen athletic fields at local schools and parks, as well as a park entrance road and a wildlife habitat pond. Virginia Beach Clean Community Commission; Lynnhaven River Now; Newport News Green Foundation; and Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation Foundation have also received donations through the Cox Conserves Heroes program.  

For more information, visit CoxConservesHeroes.com or find us on Facebook.

Media Contacts

Felicia Blow, APR; Cox Communications, 757-222-8432
Mike Leone, Cox Communications, 703-480-4916
Elizabeth Olmstead, Cox Enterprises, 678-645-0762

About Cox Conserves Heroes
Launched in 2007, Cox Conserves
is the company's national sustainability program that seeks to reduce
Cox Enterprises' energy consumption by embracing alternative forms of
energy, conserving natural resources and inspiring eco-friendly
behavior. The program engages each of the company's major subsidiaries
(Cox Communications, Manheim, AutoTrader.com and Cox Media Group) and
encourages Cox Enterprises' 50,000 employees and their families to
engage in eco-friendly practices.