Cox Names Bob Byrnes as California's 2017 Cox Conserves Hero

Cox and The Trust for Public Land Announce Robert (Bob) Byrnes as California’s 2017 Cox Conserves Hero

 $20,000 going to local environmental nonprofits

San Diego (June 29, 2017) — Cox and The Trust for Public Land today named Bob Byrnes as California’s 2017 Cox Conserves Hero. California Native Plant Society, Byrnes’ nonprofit beneficiary, will receive $10,000. Byrnes was among the three finalists who were nominated by the public then chosen by local judging panels and went to compete in an online public vote for the title of California’s Cox Conserves Hero.

Byrnes leads the restoration efforts for the San Diego Chapter of the California Native Plant Society. Not only does he invest his personal time to the organization’s efforts, he also sets aside time to encourage and train other volunteers on best practices. Byrnes and his team of dedicated volunteers spend countless hours removing invasive plants that could potentially harm wildlife. 

The two runners-up will each receive $5,000 for their nonprofits of choice. Maria Martinez selected Environmental Health Coalition as her nonprofit of choice; Azarel Garcia chose Living Coast Discovery Center.

The Cox Conserves Heroes awards program was created through a partnership with The Trust for Public Land and Cox Enterprises, the parent company of Cox Communications. The program has donated nearly $800,000 to environmental nonprofits, and nearly 200 volunteers have been honored.

Cox Conserves Heroes also takes place in Arizona, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Virginia and Washington and is part of the company’s national Cox Conserves sustainability program that is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

For more information, visit CoxConservesHeroes.com or Facebook.

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About Cox Communications:

Cox Communications is a broadband communications and entertainment company, providing advanced digital video, Internet, telephone and home security and automation services over its own nationwide IP network. The third-largest U.S. cable company, Cox serves approximately 6 million residences and businesses. Cox Business is a facilities-based provider of voice, video and data solutions for commercial customers, and Cox Media is a full-service provider of national and local cable spot and digital media advertising. Cox is known for its pioneering efforts in broadband, voice and commercial services, industry-leading customer care and its outstanding workplaces. For nine years, Cox has been recognized as the top operator for women by Women in Cable Telecommunications; Cox has ranked among DiversityInc's Top 50 Companies for Diversity 11 times. More information about Cox Communications, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cox Enterprises, is available at www.cox.com and www.coxmedia.com.

About The Trust for Public Land:

The Trust for Public Land creates parks and protects land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come.  Millions of people live within a one-half mile walk of a Trust for Public Land park, garden, or natural area, and millions more visit these sites every year.  To support The Trust for Public Land and share why nature matters to you, visit www.tpl.org.

About Cox Conserves:

Launched in 2007 by Chairman Jim Kennedy, Cox Conserves is Cox Enterprises' national sustainability program. Cox Conserves focuses on reducing waste and energy consumption, as well as conserving water. The program engages each of the company's major subsidiaries (Cox Communications, Cox Automotive and Cox Media Group) and encourages Cox Enterprises' 60,000 employees and their families to engage in eco-friendly practices.

Media Contacts

The Trust for Public Land: Kristen Anderson, 415-495-4014, kristen.anderson@tpl.org