our process

The Process

During the month of July, each of the nine markets will host a call for nominees and the public will nominate volunteers using a brief online form. Next, a panel of local civic and environmental leaders will select one finalist from their pool of nominations who will then compete for the national Cox Conserves Hero title.

Each finalist will be profiled online in a locally-produced video and will have the opportunity to share their story. Local nominees will be awarded $10,000 to donate to the nonprofit of their choice. The national winner, who is voted on by the public, will be awarded an additional $50,000 for their nonprofit of choice.

Phase One: Nominations

Nominations are accepted throughout the month of July. Each of the nine markets will pick one local winner from their pool of nominees.

Nominate a Volunteer

Phase Two: Voting

Each local winner will compete at the national level for the title of National Cox Conserves Hero. 

Vote for a hero

Phase Three: The Hero

The National Cox Conserves Hero will be honored with a grand prize of $60,000 for their nonprofit of choice and a media release.

View past heroes

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.

Nonprofit of Choice Criteria

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


Outdoor Spaces

Outdoor Spaces

Nominee's activity creates, protects and/or beautifies an outdoor community space.

Volunteer Basis

Volunteer Basis

Nominee's activity is done on a volunteer basis and is not part of his or her paid employment.

Inspires Others

Inspires Others

Nominee's activity inspires others to engage in community conservation.