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Cox Enterprises and The Trust for Public Land opened the nomination process for the Cox Conserves Heroes program Monday, July 1st. The program serves to honor environmental volunteers who create, preserve or enhance shared outdoor spaces in their local communities.
Celebrating its 11th year, the Cox Conserves Heroes program accepts nominations in nine states, including Louisiana. In Louisiana, the Cox Conserves Heroes program is supported by Cox Communications.
Local winners in each state will designate a $10,000 grant to the environmental nonprofit of their choice, given by the James M. Cox Foundation, the Cox-affiliated foundation. Those same local winners will then become candidates for the national award, which is $50,000 to the winners nonprofit of choice.
The public can nominate volunteers online at coxconservesheroes.com now through July 31. National voting starts Oct. 1, and anyone can nominate at the local level or cast a ballot for their favorite finalist in the national competition.
Nominees must meet the following eligibility criteria:
*Their activity creates, protects and/or beautifies an outdoor community space.
*Their activity is on a volunteer basis and is not part of paid employment.
*Their activity inspires others to engage in community conservation.
The winner of the national competition will be announced in late October.
Over the past 11 years, the Cox Conserves Heroes program has contributed nearly $1M to environmental nonprofits and honored more than 200 volunteers across the country.