Conservation is more than a corporate priority. It’s a mindset we encourage every Cox employee to adopt and apply to their lives. We’re constantly looking for ways to enable, inspire and reward positive change – whether in the office, during weekend service projects or when employees are home with their families. Our employees’ efforts are an important contributor to our progress toward our Cox Conserves sustainability goals.
Making Sustainability a Way of Life
Cox Conserves and You
There are almost limitless ways to become greener at work and at home, but most of us often need a little education and encouragement to get started. That’s why we launched Cox Conserves and You, our employee engagement platform to promote more sustainable decisions and behaviors. Its centerpiece is a fun, social website that challenges employees to take action. Participants can join campaigns and earn points and rewards for practicing recommended green behaviors, and they can comment and “like” actions by co-workers.
There are more than 700 environmental actions employees can undertake, from holding a virtual meeting instead of traveling to purchasing a vehicle with improved fuel economy. To date, Cox employees have completed more than 50,000 individual actions.
Beautifying Our Waterways
Beach and River Cleanups
Since 2010, Team Cox volunteers have picked up more than 26 tons of debris from beaches and waterways. In 2015, we held river cleanups in Atlanta, Jacksonville and Orlando, as well as beach cleanups in Irvine, California and Pensacola, Florida. In total, 400 employee volunteers collected more than 2 tons of trash. Hundreds of Cox volunteers participated in 2016 cleanups held in Atlanta, Dayton, Irvine, Jacksonville, Orlando and new markets Tulsa and Washington, D.C.
Named for our Chairman Jim Kennedy and celebrating its fifth anniversary in 2016, the Chairman’s Cup is an employee recognition program that rewards individuals and teams for creating and implementing sustainable practices at Cox locations. One winner is chosen from each of Cox’s divisions and receives a trophy and $12,500 to donate to a local environmental nonprofit of choice, provided by the James M. Cox Foundation.
2016 Cox Communications — CCI Supply Chain Management has long been recognized for leading sustainability within its division, but the group raised the bar on its efforts in 2016. Among the team’s roster of initiatives, one generated especially significant savings: the responsible selling and recycling of obsolete set-top boxes, modems and network and facilities assets. This initiative drove an average of $3.3 million in savings annually, and helped avoid more than $530,000 in disposal costs.
2016 Cox Media Group — CMG Tulsa Radio participated in the ScoreCard Program created by nonprofit startup Sustainable Tulsa. The initiative encouraged staff to have an employee coffee cup exchange, eliminate polystyrene foam and begin recycling plastic and aluminum. Of the 25 businesses selected to participate, CMG Tulsa Radio finished with one of the highest scores. The team also went paperless and continues to adopt new ways to promote sustainable practices.
2016 Cox Automotive — Aerators are small faucet filters that cost less than a dollar each and reduce water flow in bathroom sinks without affecting heat or pressure. After a Manheim Denver team installed them in every sink at their location, the group estimated significant dollar savings while conserving meaningful amounts of water in a region known for droughts. The success of this project led to the creation of tool kits, comprised of supplies and instructions, that were created and distributed to eight other auction sites where the positive results of “Project Aerator” were replicated.
2016 Cox Enterprises — The CEI Fleet Department compared its 2016 vehicle replacement needs with new and updated technologies available from auto manufacturers. Research helped the department identify 491 new vehicles for CCI and Autotrader that would improve the fleet’s fuel efficiency, increase safety and decrease emissions. The increase in fuel economy will avoid 217 tons of vehicle emissions annually, the emissions equivalent of driving more than 471,000 passenger car miles.
2015 Cox Communications — Cox Communications Phoenix partnered with local news affiliates to conduct community outreach through recycling drives. The events were marketed through public service announcements. Recycled electronics were sold, with a portion of the proceeds going to Cox charities. This program resulted in 12.5 tons of waste being diverted from landfills.
2015 Cox Media Group — Employees at Seattle’s KIRO-TV created visual boards with sample items attached to educate employees on proper disposal of trash. The location partnered with composting, trash and recycling vendors to incorporate hazardous waste disposal options and to document the effectiveness of its efforts. Their work resulted in a 22 percent reduction in trash collection expenses and 44 percent diversion of total waste from the landfill.
2015 Cox Automotive — At the vAuto Genius Labs, Cox employees implemented a zero waste to landfill initiative that educated all employees about recycling and composting activities via “Trash Talks.” Recycling and composting containers were placed throughout the building, and disposable cups and plates in break rooms were replaced with ceramic dishes and silverware. Their actions reduced trash by 77 percent and diverted 2.9 tons of waste from landfills.
2015 Cox Enterprises — CEI’s Legal and Records Coordinator Community provided new record management guidelines and tools to encourage employees to purge unnecessary electronic records and recycle or shred hard copies of expired records. Through recycling efforts and reduction of operating expenses for data centers, the program yielded 172 kWh in energy savings, saved more than 200,000 gallons of water, diverted 94 tons of waste from landfills and saved 486 trees.