Cox Conserves

Water

Water is essential for life, and ensuring an adequate supply of this irreplaceable resource – for businesses, communities and people – is one of the most pressing environmental challenges of our time. Climate change and a growing population are worsening water challenges in many American regions and communities. At Cox we are committed to doing our part to contribute to a sustainable water future. To that end, we’re changing how we think about using, conserving and protecting water.

Our water conservation efforts include improving our operations, reengineering internal processes, encouraging our employees to use less and participating in cleanups of waterways across the nation. These efforts have put us well on our way to meeting our water neutrality goal. Together with our partners and employees, we can make a measurable difference to safeguard access to clean water.


COX GOAL:

Water Neutrality by 2044

We plan to reduce water usage by 6.5 percent year over year through programs across our campuses and business operations that lessen our footprint and balance necessary use with meaningful restoration.

Cox Enterprises’ actions on water speak volumes – since 2007, we’ve invested more than $1.5 million and increased our annual water savings to 57 million gallons, compared to our 2014 usage baseline. Thanks to improvements like more efficient plumbing fixtures, water-efficient landscaping, rainwater capture systems and reprocessing investments, we’re on track toward reaching our goal. We plan to reduce water usage by 6.5 percent year over year through programs across our campuses and business operations that lessen our footprint and balance necessary use with meaningful restoration.

We demonstrated our commitment in 2016 by participating in the White House Water Summit, an event held in conjunction with United Nations World Water Day. Cox was one of more than 150 organizations representing the private, government, academic and nonprofit sectors to demonstrate an ongoing commitment to water conservation.

26
tons of waste
removed through
waterway cleanups
413
homes’ worth of water
saved annually through
xeriscaping initiatives
14%
progress toward
water neutrality goal

Cox and its subsidiaries reduce water usage and improve water quality through work in several key areas:

  • Water Reclamation Projects We conserve approximately 10 million gallons of water annually through Water Conservation Centers. At our auto reconditioning facilities, a sophisticated four-step process cleans water for reuse.
  • Cleanups and Awareness Projects We partner with American Rivers and Ocean Conservancy for cleanups in Cox locations across the nation and generate awareness through public service announcements via Cox’s media properties.
  • Technology Projects We apply new technology and use water-efficient fixtures throughout the company’s facilities. We have replaced sinks and toilets with water-efficient, low-flow models. Cox-owned newspapers such as The Atlanta Journal-Constitution employ technologies to prevent the discharge of silver and other pollutants into sewer systems.
  • Landscaping Projects We embrace xeriscaping, using landscaping plant materials to reduce or eliminate the need for supplemental water from irrigation.

Manheim Denver

Goes With the Flow

Cox Conserves Chairman’s Cup Winner

Sometimes the smallest improvements can have far-reaching impact. At Cox Automotive’s Manheim Denver facility, a local team saved significant volumes of precious water in a drought-prone region by installing small faucet filters called aerators in every one of its bathroom sinks. Costing less than a dollar each, aerators reduce water flow in bathroom sinks without affecting heat or pressure. The effort’s success led to the creation of tool kits, containing installation instructions and supplies, that were distributed to eight additional auction sites nationwide, saving 2.6 million gallons annually.