Atlanta FAQ

What is Cox Conserves Heroes? Cox Conserves Heroes is an awards program created by WSB-TV's parent company, Cox Enterprises, and The Trust for Public Land (TPL). The program honors volunteers who create, preserve or enhance the shared outdoor places in our communities.

How do I apply or nominate someone for a Cox Conserves Heroes award? You may nominate yourself or another volunteer by completing the online application available on the Cox Conserves Heroes website ( Nominations are being accepted July 13 through August 17.  

Who is eligible? Individuals living in the following counties are eligible:

  • Banks
  • Barrow
  • Bartow
  • Butts
  • Carroll
  • Chattooga
  • Cherokee
  • Clarke
  • Clay
  • Clayton
  • Cobb
  • Coweta
  • Dawson
  • DeKalb
  • Douglas
  • Fayette
  • Forsyth
  • Fulton
  • Greene
  • Gwinnett
  • Habersham
  • Hall
  • Henry
  • Jackson
  • Jasper
  • Lamar
  • Lumpkin
  • Madison
  • Meriwether
  • Morgan
  • Newton
  • Oconee
  • Oglethorpe
  • Paulding
  • Pickens
  • Pike
  • Polk
  • Putnam
  • Rabun
  • Randolph
  • Rockdale
  • Spalding
  • Towns
  • Troup
  • Union
  • Upson
  • Walton
  • White
What types of projects are considered?
  • Cleaning up/refurbishing a park or public place
  • Helping to provide public access to a previously inaccessible place
  • Beautifying a public place, e.g. planting/ tending to a community garden
  • Volunteering at a local park
  • Water conservation/protection-related projects
  • Creating a program that gets people to public places
  • Donating and/or assisting in the acquisition of land for public use
  • Advocacy, education and/or community outreach for parks and open space

How are the Heroes chosen? The Heroes Judging Circle, a panel of civic leaders within Atlanta's conservation field, selects three finalists. 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. At the conclusion of the voting period, the finalist with the most votes will be selected as Atlanta's 2015 Cox Conserves Hero.

How do I vote? Visit to learn more about the finalists and vote. Individuals are permitted to vote once.  Voting will take place in October.

When will the Hero be announced? Atlanta's 2015 Cox Conserves Hero will be announced in Mid November. 

What does the Hero receive? A total of $20,000 will be donated to local environmental nonprofits in Atlanta. $10,000 will be donated to Hero’s environmental nonprofit of choice. The two finalists will each receive $5,000 to donate to their environmental nonprofits of choice. The organization must be a registered 501(c)(3) and proof of registration status is required.

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