California FAQ

What is Cox Conserves Heroes? Cox Conserves Heroes is an awards program created by Cox Communications' parent company, Cox Enterprises, and The Trust for Public Land (TPL). The program honors volunteers among us who work to 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 someone else by completing and submitting the online application available on the Cox Conserves Heroes website ( 

Who is eligible? Volunteers in the following areas are eligible:

  • Orange County
    • Camp Pendleton
    • City of Aliso Viejo
    • City of Dana Point
    • City of Irvine
    • City of Laguna Beach
    • City of Laguna Hills
    • City of Laguna Niguel
    • City of Laguna Woods
    • City of Lake Forest
    • City of Mission Viejo
    • City of Newport Beach
    • City of Orange
    • City of Rancho Santa Margarita
    • City of San Clemente
    • City of San Juan Capistrano
    • City of Tustin
    • City of Palos Verdes Estates
    • City of Rancho Palo Verdes
    • City of Rolling Hills
    • City of Rolling Hills Estates
  • San Diego
    • San Diego County
  • Santa Barbara 
    • City of Carpinteria
    • City of Goleta
    • City of Santa Barbara
    • Montecito

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 California's conservation field, selects 3 finalists from Orange County, San Diego and Santa Barbara. 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 California's 2017 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 May.

When will the Hero be announced? California's 2017 Cox Conserves Hero will be announced in late June. 

What does the Hero receive? A total of $20,000 will be donated to local environmental nonprofits in California. $10,000 will be donated to Hero’s environmental non-profit organization of choice. Each of the finalists will 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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