Cox Conserves Heroes nominations due tomorrow!

Who do you know that’s on an environmental mission and taking great strides to make Atlanta a more healthy, sustainable place to live? Cox Conserves Heroes is designed to recognize people in our communities “who create, preserve or enhance places for everyone to enjoy – parks, greenways, gardens, waterways, plazas, streets and public squares.” Through this award, the Trust for Public Land and WSB-TV hope to inspire neighbors to get more involved in their communities as well as to donate dollars to non-profits to help them accomplish their mission.

Here are more details on how to nominate someone for the Cox Conserves Heroes award:

Nominations are being accepted through August 20 at 5:00 p.m. To nominate an individual, visit www.wsbtv.com/community. (Eligible nominees cannot receive financial compensation for their conservation work.)

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 nonprofits of choice.

Atlanta’s 2010 Cox Conserves Heroes Timeline:

  • July 19 – August 20: Call for Nominations – Nominations accepted online. To nominate an individual, visit http://www.wsbtv.com/community.
  • October 11 – November 8: Cast Your Vote – Videos of the finalists are posted and the public votes.
  • Mid-November: Winner Announcement – Atlanta’s 2010 Cox Conserves Hero will be revealed.

This is the second year for Atlanta’s Cox Conserves Heroes program. Don Wells – an advocate for conserving and enjoying the open spaces of the North Georgia Mountains – was named Atlanta’s 2009 Cox Conserves Hero. As Wells’ environmental nonprofit of choice, Mountain Stewards received $5,000 that was used to build new public trails and connect students with nature through outdoor classrooms. The 2009 finalists were Angelou Ezeilo, Evonne Blythers, Doug Williams and R.R. Harris.

The Cox Conserves Heroes program was created through a partnership between The Trust for Public Land and Cox Enterprises, the parent company of Channel 2 WSB-TV, to honor everyday conservationists. The program also runs in New Orleans, San Diego, San Francisco and Seattle. For more information, visit http://www.CoxConservesHeroes.com or find us on Facebook.

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