Cox Conserves Heroes Nominations Open Aug. 1


Nominations for the 2021 Cox Conserves Heroes program open next week on Aug. 1. The program, a partnership between Cox Enterprises and The Trust for Public Land, recognizes volunteers nationwide who create, preserve, or enhance shared outdoor spaces in their local communities.

The James M. Cox Foundation will donate a total of $140,000 to environmental nonprofits selected by Cox Conserves Heroes: 

  • One grand prize: $50,000 
  • Four national finalists: $10,000 each  
  • Four regional runners-up: $7,500 each  
  • Four regional second runners-up: $5,000 each

“Communities need inclusive, welcoming green spaces to thrive and grow, and the people who generously donate their time and talent as stewards for the natural environment deserve special recognition. By sharing their stories, we look to inspire others to take action in their own communities and join us in building a better future. And through the Foundation’s financial support, we provide resources for local nonprofits to extend their impact,” said Maury Wolfe, assistant vice president, corporate responsibility and public affairs. 

Previous Heroes have removed 1,400 tons of litter, facilitated 70 public cleanups, created and maintained 850 miles of trails and saved 500 burrowing owls, among other green feats.  

Since 2008, the awards program has donated more than $1.2 million to environmental nonprofits and honored more than 200 volunteers who have helped us make a significant impact on conservation and environmental protection in our communities.  

Cox Conserves Heroes is part of the national Cox Conserves sustainability initiative that was launched by our chairman, Jim Kennedy. Since 2007, we’ve invested nearly $1 billion in sustainable businesses and technologies and set goals to send zero waste to landfill by 2024 and become carbon and water neutral by 2034.     

Visit to submit a nomination. The nomination period closes August 15. 


Individuals of all ages nationwide are eligible to participate in the Cox Conserves Heroes Program. Employees and immediate family members of Cox, its affiliated companies and The Trust for Public Land are not eligible. Previous Cox Conserves Heroes and finalists are not eligible.  

Nominees and their projects must fit the following criteria:  

Outdoor spaces: Creates, protects and/or beautifies an outdoor community space.   

Volunteer basis: Works on a volunteer basis that is not part of their employment.  

Inspire others: Inspires others to engage in community conservation.  


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