Seattle's Cox Conserves Heroes

2016: Helen Hoenig started picking up trash while walking from her house to the health club. It evolved into a passion for picking up trash. Her yellow trash bags and neon safety vest are easy to spot, and Hoenig’s resolve to keep Washington green has made her a colorful local celebrity after being named Grand Marshall of the Duvall Days parade. Armed with her yellow bag and trash grabber, she continues to pick up litter and people's spirits. Nonprofit of choice: Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust

2012: As an eco-friendly scuba diver, Laura James commits her time to cleaning up Earth’s oceans. She has long recognized the danger of toxins in our waters and spends time removing batteries and other pollutants from Puget Sound. In addition, Laura volunteers for search and rescue missions. Nonprofit of Choice: Sustainable West Seattle

2010: Jan Holmes’ volunteerism with Beach Watchers inspired her to earn a master’s degree in Marine Biology, which has led to the health of the area’s marine environment. Her leadership has created extensive research and data collection on more than 30 beaches, and her thirst for knowledge is contagious. She frequently speaks with students and at public education events to motivate others to get involved. Nonprofit of Choice: WSU Island County Beach Watchers

2009: Permanent protection of a 38-acre farm is Gary Colley’s most recent environmental contribution. Gary’s donated legal work has been a key element in protecting more than 1,500 acres of land since he and other local citizens established North Olympic Land Trust in 1990. The land in Clallam County protects salmon and other wildlife habitat, sustainable commercial timberland, clean water and air, scenic vistas, open space and cultural heritage areas in addition to farmland. Nonprofit of Choice: North Olympic Land Trust    

2008: Mike Town helped turn the Wild Sky Wilderness Act into law. He founded a local grassroots group, spent hundreds of hours documenting every component of Wild Sky - 106,000 acres near Skykomish - and consulted members of Congress and the press on boundary issues. As a result, a new wilderness was created this past April within an hour’s drive of nearly one million people. Nonprofit of Choice: Washington Wilderness Coalition

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