Louisiana's 2014 Cox Conserves Heroes Program Announced

June 3, 2014

The Trust for Public Land, in partnership with Cox Communications, today launched Louisiana's 2014 Cox Conserves Heroes awards program. Nominations are being accepted at CoxConservesHeroes.com for volunteers in Cox's service areas in Acadiana, Baton Rouge and New Orleans who are creating, preserving or enhancing outdoor spaces.

A total of $15,000 will be donated to local environmental nonprofits on behalf of the winner and finalists.

A judging panel of civic and environmental leaders will select three finalists who will then compete to be named Louisiana's 2014 Cox Conserves Hero. The winner will be chosen through an online public vote.

Louisiana's Cox Conserves Heroes Timeline:

  • Nominations: June 3 - July 1
  • Voting: August 22 - September 15
  • Winner Announcement: Late September

Bart Everson and Jenga Mwendo are Louisiana's previous Cox Conserves Heroes. Everson's volunteer service has been critical in creating a rail-to-trail opportunity in the heart of New Orleans. The 3.1 mile trail links the French Quarter, Tremé, Mid City and Lakeview to create a safe, non-motorized transportation route. Mwendo transformed an overgrown lot from a dumping ground into a beautiful centerpiece for the community.

The Cox Conserves Heroes program was created through a partnership between The Trust for Public Land and Cox Enterprises, the parent company of Cox Communications, to honor local conservation volunteers. Cox Conserves Heroes also takes place in Arizona (Phoenix and Tucson); California (Orange County, San Diego, San Francisco and Santa Barbara); Georgia (Atlanta); Louisiana (Acadiana, Baton Rouge and New Orleans); Virginia (Fairfax County/Fredericksburg, Hampton Roads and Roanoke) and Washington (Seattle). For more information, visit CoxConservesHeroes.com or Facebook.