Welcome to California's Cox Conserves Heroes Program

Cox Communications and The Trust for Public Land are proud to present California's Cox Conserves Heroes program.

Nominations are currently open for the 2017 awards through May 12.

The awards programs is our way of honoring the unsung heroes in our communities and supporting the local organizations doing the important work of bettering our environment. Through the program, we hope to inspire more people to take an active role in community conservation.

FAQ California

How are the Heroes Chosen?

The Heroes Judging Circle, a panel of civic leaders within California's conservation field, selects one finalist from Orange County, San Diego and Santa Barbara. 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 California's 2016 Cox Conserves Hero.

What does the Hero Receive?

A total of $20,000 will be donated to local environmental nonprofits in California. $10,000 will be donated to Hero’s environmental non-profit organization of choice. Each of the finalists will receive $5,000 to donate to their environmental nonprofits of choice. The organization must be a registered 501(c)(3) and proof of registration status is required.

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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'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

Volunteers in the following areas are eligible:

Orange County

Camp Pendleton, City of Aliso Viejo, City of Dana Point, City of Irvine, City of Laguna Beach, City of Laguna Hills, City of Laguna Niguel, City of Laguna Woods, City of Lake Forest, City of Mission Viejo, City of Newport Beach, City of Orange, City of Rancho Santa Margarita, City of San Clemente, City of San Juan Capistrano, City of Tustin, City of Palos Verdes Estates, City of Rancho Palo Verdes, City of Rolling Hills, City of Rolling Hills Estates

San Diego

San Diego County, Santa Barbara, City of Carpinteria, City of Goleta

City of Santa Barbara