Cox Enterprises and The Trust for Public Land Accepting Nominations for Cox Conserves Heroes Awards

Wednesday, July 03, 2019

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Cox Enterprises and The Trust for Public Land have opened the nomination process for the Cox Conserves Heroes program. The program serves 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 Orange County and Palos Verdes, the Cox Conserves Heroes program is supported by Cox Communications, a Greater Irvine Chamber Leaders Circle member. 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 now through July 31. 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.

Nominees 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. In 2018, Phil Pryde was named the first-ever National Cox Conserves Hero from California 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 as the market winner.

Leaders Circle members of the Greater Irvine Chamber are among the most influential companies and organizations in Irvine and Orange County. They take a proactive role in supporting the region’s business community at the highest level.

For information on how to become a part of this elite Leaders Circle group, contact Jessica Welch.

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