CHESAPEAKE, Va., April 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Cox Communications and The Trust for Public Land (TPL), are presenting Virginia's 3rd annual Cox Conserves Heroes program. Nominations are being accepted at CoxConservesHeroes.com through 5 p.m. ET on April 22 for volunteers who are creating, preserving or enhancing shared outdoor spaces.
A nominee's activity must be performed on a volunteer basis and may not be part of the individual's paid job. A total of $15,000 will be donated to local environmental nonprofits on behalf of the winner and finalists.
Judging panels comprised of local civic and environmental leaders will select one finalist from each of the following areas: Fairfax County/Fredericksburg, Hampton Roads and Roanoke. The three finalists will then compete to be named Virginia's 2013 Cox Conserves Hero. The winner will be chosen through an online public vote.
Voting will take place in late May and the winner will be announced in late June.
Anne Little was selected as Virginia's 2012 Cox Conserves Hero for her work with Tree Fredericksburg, an organization she launched with the goal of planting and sustaining an urban forest in the city. Chris Clifford was named Virginia's 2011 Cox Conserves Hero. He helped construct fifteen athletic fields at local schools and parks, as well as a park entrance road and a wildlife habitat pond.
Lynnhaven River Now, Newport News Green Foundation, Tree Fredericksburg, Virginia Beach Clean Community Commission, Virginia Living Museum, Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation Foundation and Western Virginia Land Trust have received donations through the Cox Conserves Heroes program.
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About Cox Communications:
Cox Communications is a broadband communications and entertainment company providing advanced digital video, Internet, telephone and wireless services over its own nationwide IP network. As the third-largest U.S. cable TV company, Cox serves more than six million residences and businesses. Cox Business is a facilities-based provider of voice, video and data solutions for commercial customers, and Cox is a full-service provider of national and local cable spot and new media advertising. Cox is known for its pioneering efforts in cable telephone and commercial services, its industry-leading customer care, and its outstanding workplaces. For seven years, Cox has been recognized as the top operator for women, by women, in Cable Telecommunications; for five years, Cox has ranked among DiversityInc's Top 50 Companies for Diversity. More information about Cox Communications, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cox Enterprises, is available at www.cox.com and www.coxmedia.com.
About The Trust for Public Land
Founded in 1972, The Trust for Public Land is the leading nonprofit working to conserve land for people. Operating from more than 30 offices nationwide, The Trust for Public Land has protected more than three million acres from the inner city to the wilderness and helped generate more than $34 billion in public funds for conservation. Nearly ten million people live within a ten-minute walk of a Trust for Public Land park, garden, or natural area, and millions more visit these sites every year. Learn more at tpl.org
About Cox Conserves
Launched in 2007 by Chairman Jim Kennedy, 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.
SOURCE Cox Communications