SANTA BARBARA, Calif., Oct. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Cox Communications and The Trust for Public Land announced Martin Camp as Santa Barbara's 2012 Cox Conserves Hero. Sponsored locally by Montecito Bank & Trust, Cox Conserves Heroes honors volunteers who are creating, preserving or enhancing outdoor spaces.
Camp was nominated for volunteering with a local, urban farm. He educates the public on the importance of sustainable food and conserving land. From fixing aging farm equipment to building an education center, Camp is a hands-on volunteer who also inspires others to get involved.
As the winner, Camp's nonprofit of choice, Fairview Gardens, will receive $5,000, promotion through on-air public service announcements and 20 volunteer hours donated by Cox employees.
Second-place winner Katie Davis' nonprofit of choice, Community Environmental Council, which creates programs to help solve Santa Barbara's environmental issues, will receive $2,500 and promotion through on-air public service announcements.
Third-place winner David Fainer's nonprofit of choice, Goleta Valley Beautiful, which focuses on urban forestry for public areas, will receive $1,000 and promotion through on-air public service announcements.
The Cox Conserves Heroes program was created through a partnership between The Trust for Public Land and Cox Enterprises, the parent company of Cox Communications, to honor everyday conservationists. The program also runs in Arizona, Atlanta, Orange County (Calif.), San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle and Virginia. More than $260,000 has been donated to local nonprofits through the Cox Conserves Heroes program.
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About Cox Conserves
Launched in 2007, Cox Conserves is the company's national sustainability program that seeks to reduce Cox Enterprises' energy consumption by embracing alternative forms of energy, conserving natural resources and inspiring eco-friendly behavior. The program engages each of the company's major subsidiaries (Cox Communications, Manheim, Cox Media Group and AutoTrader.com) and encourages Cox Enterprises' 50,000 employees and their families to engage in eco-friendly practices.
About The Trust for Public Land
The Trust for Public Land conserves land for people to enjoy as parks, gardens, and other natural places, ensuring livable communities for generations to come. Since 1972, The Trust for Public Land has completed 5,200 park and conservation projects, conserved more than 3 million acres, and helped generate $33 billion in state and local conservation funding. www.tpl.org.
SOURCE Cox Communications