Seattle FAQ

What is Cox Conserves Heroes? Cox Conserves Heroes is an awards program created by KIRO-TV’s parent company, Cox Enterprises, and The Trust for Public Land (TPL). The program honors Heroes among us who work to create, preserve, improve 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 ( Nominations are being currently being accepted through 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT on May 22nd.

Who is eligible? Previous Cox Conserves Heroes are not eligible. Individuals living in the following counties are eligible:

  • Chelan
  • Clallam
  • Douglas
  • Grays Harbor
  • Island
  • Jefferson
  • King
  • Kitsap
  • Lewis
  • Mason
  • Pacific
  • Pierce
  • San Juan
  • Skagit
  • Snohomish
  • Thurston
  • Whatcom

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 Seattle'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 Western Washington’s Cox Conserves Hero.

How do I vote? Visit to learn more about the finalists and vote. Individuals are permitted to vote once and for one candidate within both the adult and minor categories.  

When will the Hero be announced? Western Washington's 2017 Cox Conserves Hero will be announced in August.

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

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