Vote for your favorite green Atlantan in the Cox Conserves Heroes-Atlanta contest!

After a substantial nomination process, the Trust for Public Land and WSB-TV have announced five finalists in their search for Atlanta’s greenest citizens! You can check out my previous blog about the contest and click below to vote! Voting closes on August 31st, 2009 at 5 p.m. with a winner to be announced in early September.

Each of these unsung heroes is dedicated to improving and protecting our shared parks and outdoor spaces, making Atlanta’s communities better places to live. View the stories of these extraordinary volunteers and cast your vote here: Cox Conserves Heroes! The winner receives $5,000 to give to the environmental nonprofit of his or her choice.

Finalists include (alongside their environmental nonprofit of choice):
Ms. Angelou Ezeilo (Greening Youth Foundation)
Ms. Evonne Blythers (Keeping It Wild)
Mr. Donald Wells (Mountain Stewards)
Mr. Doug Williams (Park Pride)
Ms. R.R. Harris (Park Pride)

Nominations reflected a wide variety of conservation and educational programs by impressive community volunteers.

The finalists were selected by a Judging Circle of local environmental leaders, including:
Clean Air Campaign’s Executive Director Kevin Green
Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Commissioner Chris Clark
Greenplate’s Co-Founder Polly Sattler
Providence Missionary Baptist Church of Atlanta’s Senior Pastor Rev. Gerald Durley
Sustainable Atlanta’s Executive Director Lynnette Young
Southface Energy Institute’s Executive Director Dennis Creech
Turner Foundation’s Trustee Laura Turner Seydel

About Cox Conserves Heroes
Launched in 2008 by The Trust for Public Land and Cox Enterprises, Cox Conserves Heroes honors individuals who work to create, preserve and improve the shared outdoor spaces in our communities. By showcasing these unsung heroes, TPL and Cox hope to inspire more people to take an active role in neighborhood conservation.

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 worked with willing landowners, community groups, and national, state, and local agencies to complete more than 3,500 land conservation projects in 47 states, protecting 2.5 million acres. TPL has helped states and communities craft and pass over 330 ballot measures, generating almost $25 billion in new conservation-related funding. In Georgia, TPL has conserved over 20,000 acres and has been instrumental in three primary programmatic areas: Parks for People (including the Atlanta BeltLine and other urban projects), Chattahoochee River Protection Campaign (Phase III) and Georgia Green (also called G2). For more information please contact us at (404) 873-7306 or on the web at

About WSB-TV
Channel 2, WSB-TV, is part of Cox Media Group and is an ABC Affiliate. Cox Media Group, Inc. is a broadcasting, publishing and digital media subsidiary of Atlanta-based Cox Enterprises. It includes the broadcast stations of Cox Television; publishing titles of Cox Newspapers; majority-owned, publicly-traded Cox Radio [NYSE: CXR]; and the national advertising rep firms of TeleRep, HRP, MMT Sales and Cox Cross Media.

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