About The Program


Cox Conserves Heroes is an awards program created by Cox Enterprises and The Trust for Public Land (TPL) that honors volunteers who create, preserve or enhance the shared outdoor places in our communities. The program takes place in multiple Cox locations across the nation. Nearly $500,000 has been donated to local nonprofits and more than 140 volunteers have been honored through the Cox Conserves Heroes program. To determine if the program is taking place in your community, please visit the area navigation on the left.

Phase One: Nominations
To select the Hero, each community is encouraged to nominate environmental volunteers. A nominee should be someone who has helped to create, protect and/or preserve an outdoor place available for public relaxation, reflection or recreation by the community. Learn who is eligible.

Phase Two: Finalists
The Heroes Judging Circle, a panel of civic leaders within the conservation field, selects the top three finalists.

Phase Three: Voting
The finalists are profiled on the Cox Conserves Heroes website and in local media, during which, the public is asked to vote online for their favorite. Each finalist is encouraged to spread the word and ask friends, family and co-workers to vote.

Phase Four: The Hero
At the conclusion of the voting stage, the finalist with the most votes will be selected as the Cox Conserves Hero for his or her area. A donation will be made on behalf of the Cox Conserves Hero and the finalists to their environmental nonprofits of choice.

Below is a list of organizations that have received financial support through the Cox Conserves Heroes program.