How are the heroes chosen?

The Heroes Judging Circle, a panel of civic leaders within the conservation field, selects one finalist from their pool of nominees. The finalists are profiled on the Cox Conserves Heroes website and in local media, during which time the public is invited to vote online. Once the voting period ends, the finalist with the most votes will be selected as the national Cox Conserves Hero.

What do the heroes receive?

A total of $140,000 will be donated to local environmental nonprofits in the United States. The National Cox Conserves Hero will receive $60,000 and each of the local finalists will receive $10,000 to donate to their nonprofits of choice. The organization must be a registered 501(c)(3) and proof of registration status is required.

Nonprofit of choice criteria:

  • The organization must be a public 501(c)(3).
  • The organization’s efforts must focus on environmental improvement.

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Who is Eligible?

Individuals of all ages are eligible to become Cox Conserves Heroes. You may nominate yourself or someone else. Cox Enterprises, its affiliated companies, The Trust for Public Land employees and their immediate families are not eligible. Previous Cox Conserves Heroes and finalists are not eligible.

Nominee Criteria:

  • Nominee's activity creates, protects and/or beautifies an outdoor community space
  • Nominee's activity is done on a volunteer basis and is not part of his or her paid employment
  • Nominee's activity inspires others to engage in community conservation

Individuals who live within Cox market areas in the following locations are eligible:

Arizona: Metro Phoenix & Southern Arizona

California: Orange County, Palos Verdes, San Diego & Santa Barbara

Florida: Orlando

Georgia: Metro Atlanta Area

Idaho: Sun Valley

Louisiana: Acadiana, Greater Baton Rouge & New Orleans Area

Massachusetts: Greater Boston & Southern New Hampshire

Virginia: Hampton Roads, Northern Virginia & Roanoke

Washington: Greater Seattle Area