Cox Conserves Heroes

Cox Conserves Heroes

Cox Conserves Heroes is part of Cox Enterprises’ national sustainability initiative, designed to recognize youth and adult volunteers, plus nonprofits, making a positive impact on our environment.

The Heroes are actively reducing or reusing carbon/energy and water, or are minimizing waste sent to landfills, in line with our company’s own sustainability goals.

Between August 17-31, nominate your favorite Environmental Enthusiast. Then our internal council of social impact and environmental leaders will select nine finalists from around the country.

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Cox’s Goals

Cox Conserves has been instrumental in driving meaningful progress toward environmental change. Our goal as a company is to send zero waste to landfill by 2024 and become carbon and water neutral by 2034.

We believe the path to reaching these goals begins with the simple philosophy that actions, not words, drive success. Our company’s platform, along with the generosity of the James M. Cox Foundation, allows us to support others in achieving these goals.

Criteria + Eligibility

We want to honor volunteers and nonprofits who are actively working to make progress in environmental sustainability while inspiring others to do the same.

To be eligible, nominees must be positively impacting the planet in all of the following areas:

Individuals of all ages are eligible to be nominated.* For the full list of requirements, please see our FAQ page.

*Nominees who are minors (under age 18) must have a parent or legal guardian’s (“parent”) permission in order to be nominated and parents will be required to sign a permission form.

What Your Nominee Could Win

In 2022, the program will award a total of $150,000 from the James M. Cox Foundation to nine non-profits selected by the program’s winners. The program includes three first place prizes, three second place prizes, and three third place prizes. And for the first time ever, the winner of the non-profit category will receive The Jim Kennedy Award to honor Cox Enterprises Chairman Emeritus and James M. Cox Foundation Chairman Jim Kennedy, an environmentalist who started the Cox Conserves sustainability program in 2007. 

What Your Nominee Could Win


We’ll share the finalists’ stories and encourage the public to vote for their most impactful Heroes between Oct. 3 and Oct. 10. Winners will be announced in Atlanta, October 18. If you still have questions, please review our FAQ page.