Calling All Arizona Conservationists

October 16, 2011
Press release

Cox Communications, in partnership with The Trust for Public Land (TPL), today launched Arizona's first annual Cox Conserves Heroes awards program. Two individuals will be recognized as Arizona's Cox Conserves Heroes, and a total of $14,000 will be donated to local environmental nonprofits.

The Cox Conserves Heroes program asks local residents to nominate volunteers in their community who help create, preserve or enhance outdoor places for everyone to enjoy. Eligible nominees cannot receive financial compensation for their conservation work.

Nominations are being accepted now through November 21 at Cox7.com/coxconserves. Finalists will be selected by a judging panel comprised of local civic and environmental leaders.

Arizona's Cox Conserves Heroes—one for Phoenix and one for Southern Arizona—will be chosen through online voting and will each be awarded $5,000 to donate to their environmental nonprofit of choice. Finalists' nonprofits of choice will receive $1,000.

Arizona's Cox Conserves Heroes Timeline:

  • Nominations: October 17 - November 21, 2011
  • Online Public Voting: January 9 - January 30, 2012
  • Winners Announcement: February 2012

Since Cox Conserves Heroes launched in 2008, nearly $170,000 has been donated to local environmental nonprofits. The program also takes place in Atlanta, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle and Virginia. For more information, visit www.CoxConservesHeroes.com or find us on Facebook.

About Cox Communications
Cox Communications is a broadband communications and entertainment company, providing advanced digital video, Internet, telephone and wireless services over its own nationwide IP network. The third-largest U.S. cable TV company, Cox serves more than 6 million residences and businesses. Cox Business is a facilities-based provider of voice, video and data solutions for commercial customers, and Cox Media is a full-service provider of national and local cable spot and new media advertising.

Cox is known for its pioneering efforts in cable telephone and commercial services, industry-leading customer care and its outstanding workplaces. For seven years, Cox has been recognized as the top operator for women by Women in Cable Telecommunications; for five years, Cox has ranked among DiversityInc's Top 50 Companies for Diversity, and the company holds a perfect score in the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index. More information about Cox Communications, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cox Enterprises, is available at www.cox.com and www.coxmedia.com.

About The Trust for Public Land
The Trust for Public Land (TPL) is a national nonprofit land conservation organization that conserves land for people to enjoy as parks, gardens, and natural areas, ensuring livable communities for generations to come. Since 1972, TPL has completed nearly 5,000 land conservation projects in 46 states, protecting 3 million acres. TPL has helped states and communities craft and pass over 382 ballot measures, generating $34 billion in local conservation funds. In Arizona, TPL has conserved more than 250,000 acres including inholdings within the Aqua Fria National Monument.

About Cox Conserves
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, Cox Media Group and AutoTrader.com) and encourages Cox Enterprises' 60,000 employees and their families to engage in eco-friendly practices.

In Phoenix, Cox Enterprises generates alternative energy through its solar installations at Cox Communications and Manheim. Cox Communications also is a past recipient of the International Citrix Innovation Award for its "green" call center program. Additionally, the company collects waste materials and sells them to recycling companies. The proceeds are given to local charities and help fund grants for youth-oriented education and development programs run by area nonprofits. www.coxconserves.com