KIRO 7 and The Trust for Public Land Seek Nominations for Cox Conserves Heroes Program

Third annual program to award $10,000 to environmental nonprofits

Aug 17, 2010, 13:06 ET from The Trust for Public Land

SEATTLE, Aug. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- KIRO 7, in partnership with The Trust for Public Land (TPL), today launched the search for Western Washington's third Cox Conserves Hero.  

The Cox Conserves Heroes program encourages the public to nominate people in their community who create, preserve or enhance places for everyone to enjoy - parks, greenways, gardens, waterways, plazas, streets and public squares. These everyday heroes make our communities better places to live, work and play. Eligible nominees cannot receive financial compensation for their conservation work.

By showcasing unsung heroes, KIRO 7 and TPL hope to inspire more people to take an active role in neighborhood conservation, while also providing financial support to local environmental nonprofits.

Nominations are being accepted through September 6. To nominate an individual, visit

Following the nomination stage, the Cox Conserves Judging Circle, a group of local environmental and civic leaders, will select five finalists. The winning Hero, chosen by an online public vote, will be awarded $5,000 to donate to the environmental nonprofit of his or her choice. The four finalists will each receive $1,250 to donate to their nonprofit of choice.

Western Washington's 2010 Cox Conserves Heroes Timeline:

  • August 17September 6: Call for Nominations - Nominations accepted online. To nominate an individual, visit

  • October 11November 1: Cast Your Vote - Videos of the finalists are posted and the public votes.  

  • Mid-November: Winner AnnouncementWestern Washington's 2010 Cox Conserves Hero will be revealed.

This is the third year the Cox Conserves Heroes program has taken place in Western Washington. Gary Colley was named Western Washington's Cox Conserves Hero in 2009 and selected the North Olympic Land Trust to receive $5,000. Colley's donated legal work was a key element in protecting more than 1,500 acres of land.

Mike Town was named the inaugural Cox Conserves Hero in 2008 and selected The Washington Wilderness Coalition to receive $5,000. Town helped turn the Wild Sky Wilderness Act into law, which created a new wilderness within an hour's drive of nearly one million people. He recently received the inaugural Green Prize in Public Education from the NEA Foundation and an Einstein Fellowship from the Department of Energy.

The Cox Conserves Heroes program was created through a partnership between The Trust for Public Land and Cox Enterprises, the parent company of KIRO 7, to honor everyday conservationists. The program also runs in Atlanta, New Orleans, San Diego and San Francisco. For more information, visit or find us on Facebook.

About KIRO 7

Part of Cox Media Group, KIRO 7 is a CBS affiliate and is Western Washington's source for the latest in breaking news and weather.

Cox Media Group, Inc., a subsidiary of Atlanta-based Cox Enterprises, is an integrated broadcasting, publishing and digital media company that includes Valpak and the national advertising rep firms of Cox Reps. With revenues of $1.8 billion, the company operations include 15 broadcast television stations and one local cable channel, 86 radio stations, four metro newspapers and more than a dozen non-daily publications, and more than 100 digital services.  Additionally, Cox Media Group owns and operates Valpak, one of the leading direct marketing companies in North America.    

About The Trust for Public Land

The Trust for Public Land (TPL) is a national nonprofit land conservation organization that conserves land for people to enjoy as parks, gardens, and natural areas, ensuring livable communities for generations to come. Since 1972, TPL has helped protect more than 2.8 million acres of land nationwide, including over 73,000 acres in Washington. TPL has helped states and communities craft and pass over 330 ballot measures, generating $25 billion in new conservation-related funding. Our work in Washington stretches from the shores of the Puget Sound to the working lands east of the Cascades, as we strive to save special places as diverse and beautiful as the state itself, conserving the best of Washington for everyone to enjoy.

SOURCE The Trust for Public Land