Cox Conserves

Cox Conserves Heroes

As part of its national partnership with The Trust for Public Land (TPL), Cox created the Cox Conserves Heroes program to recognize volunteers who create, preserve or enhance outdoor places in local communities. The program takes place in locations across the country where there is a Cox property and TPL presence.

“Through Cox Conserves Heroes, we’re recognizing volunteers who are often unsung, but who do incredible work. These 50 individuals prove that one person really can change the world. I am personally inspired by each and every one of them.” Jim Kennedy

Individuals are publicly nominated, after which a panel of local civic leaders within the environmental field narrows the finalists to the top three. Then, the public is invited to choose the winner by voting online. In each market, the winner and finalists receive donations that go to their local environmental nonprofits of choice, with the winner’s designated organization receiving $10,000. Since the program launched in 2008, more than $800,000 has been donated to local environmental nonprofits through the James M. Cox Foundation. In 2016, the program recognized its 50th Cox Conserves Hero.

Combined, the Cox Conserves Heroes have made a significant impact on conservation and environmental protection in their communities.