BOSTON, July 15, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- This is the final week to nominate environmental volunteers for Boston's inaugural Cox Conserves Heroes program. Nominations are being accepted through July 22 at myfoxboston.com for volunteers who are creating, preserving or enhancing outdoor spaces. Nominee activities must be performed on a volunteer basis and may not be part of an individual's paid job.
A total of $20,000 will be donated to local environmental nonprofits on behalf of the winner and finalists. A judging panel of civic and environmental leaders will select three finalists who will then compete to be named Boston's 2015 Cox Conserves Hero. The winner will be chosen through an online public vote, which will take place in late August.
Types of volunteer activities considered include:
- Advocacy, education and/or community outreach for parks and open space
- Beautifying a public place, e.g. planting/ tending to a community garden
- Cleaning up/refurbishing a park or public place
- Creating a program that gets people to public places
- Donating and/or assisting in the acquisition of land for public use
- Helping to provide public access to a previously inaccessible place
- Volunteering at a local park
- Water conservation/protection-related projects
Boston's Cox Conserves Heroes program is sponsored locally by Warrendale Appliance.
The national Cox Conserves Heroes program was created in 2008 through a partnership between The Trust for Public Land and Cox Enterprises, the parent company of FOX25. The partnership stems from Cox Enterprises' national Cox Conserves sustainability program that focuses on reducing waste and energy consumption, conserving water and inspiring eco-friendly behavior.
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FOX25 News is a part of Cox Media Group and is the leading provider of local news, weather, and traffic. Boston is ranked the No. 7 designated market area (DMA) and comprises more than 2.4 million households. Viewers in Boston and Manchester, NH can tune into WFXT-TV on Comcast Channel 25, DirecTV Channel 25 and Dish Channel 25.
About The Trust for Public Land:
The Trust for Public Land creates parks and protects land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come. 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 Cox Enterprises' national sustainability program. Cox Conserves focuses on reducing waste and energy consumption, as well as conserving water. The program engages each of the company's major subsidiaries (Cox Communications, Cox Automotive and Cox Media Group) and encourages Cox Enterprises' 50,000 employees and their families to engage in eco-friendly practices.
The company's sustainability goals are to send zero waste to landfill by 2024 and become carbon and water neutral by 2044. The company also presents the Cox Conserves Sustainability Survey, a nationwide survey that examines sustainability opportunities and challenges for small and medium-sized businesses.
About Warrendale Appliance:
Warrendale Appliance is a local family-owned and managed appliance retailer based in Waltham, MA with a $38 million dollar inventory of the newest energy efficient appliances. Warrendale Appliance has served customers in Metro West and Boston Area since 1948.
SOURCE Cox Enterprises