Cox Enterprises and The Trust for Public Land are now accepting nominations for the Cox Conserves Heroes awards to honor environmental volunteers who create, preserve or enhance shared outdoor spaces in their local communities.
Celebrating its 11th year, the Cox Conserves Heroes program accepts nominations in nine select markets: Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Virginia and Washington. A panel of local and environmental leaders will select the winner in each market. The winners will then become candidates for the national title.
In San Diego, the Cox Conserves Heroes program is supported by Cox Communications.
The local winner in each of the above nine markets will select an environmental nonprofit of choice in their community for a $10,000 grant from the James M. Cox Foundation, the Cox-affiliated foundation. The James M. Cox Foundation will also award $50,000 to the national winner’s nonprofit of choice.
The public can nominate their local conservation hero at coxconservesheroes.com now through July 31 (8:59 p.m. PT). National public voting for the national winner begins Oct. 1 following the selection of the market winners.
The winner of the national competition will be announced in late October.
In 2018, San Diego’s Phil Pryde was named the first-ever national Cox Conserves Hero and designated The San Diego River Park Foundation as his nonprofit of choice to receive $50,000 from Cox Enterprises, in addition to the $10,000 grant Cox donated to the foundation on his behalf as the market winner.
Nominees for Cox Conserves Heroes must meet the following eligibility criteria:
- Their activity creates, protects and/or beautifies an outdoor community space;
- Their activity is on a volunteer basis and is not part of paid employment;
- Their activity inspires others to engage in community conservation.
Over the past 11 years, the Cox Conserves Heroes program has contributed nearly $1 million to environmental nonprofits and honored more than 200 volunteers across the country.
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