What is Cox Conserves Heroes? Cox Conserves Heroes is an awards program created by WFXT'S parent company, Cox Enterprises, and The Trust for Public Land. The program honors volunteers among us who work to create, preserve or enhance the shared outdoor places in our communities.

How do I apply or nominate someone for a Cox Conserves Heroes award? You may nominate yourself or someone else by completing and submitting the online application available on the Cox Conserves Heroes website (www.coxconservesheroes.com). Nominations are being accepted now.

Who is eligible? Individuals living in the following counties (WFXT Boston 25's viewing area) in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont are eligible:

  • Massachusetts (Barnstable, Dukes, Essex, Middlesex, Nantucket, Norfolk, Plymouth, Suffolk and Worcester)
  • New Hampshire (Belknap, Cheshire, Hillsborough, Merrimack, Rockingham and Strafford)
  • Vermont (Windham)

What types of projects are considered?

  • Cleaning up/refurbishing a park or public place
  • Helping to provide public access to a previously inaccessible place
  • Beautifying a public place, e.g. planting/ tending to a community garden
  • Volunteering at a local park
  • Water conservation/protection-related projects
  • Creating a program that gets people to public places
  • Donating and/or assisting in the acquisition of land for public use
  • Advocacy, education and/or community outreach for parks and open space

How are the Heroes chosen? The Heroes Judging Circle, a panel of civic leaders within Boston's conservation field, selects 3 finalists. The finalists are profiled on the Cox Conserves Heroes website and in local media, during which, the public is asked to vote online for their favorite. At the conclusion of the voting period, the finalist with the most votes will be named Boston's 2017 Cox Conserves Hero.

How do I vote? Visit www.coxconservesheroes.com to learn more about the finalists and vote. Individuals are permitted to vote once. Voting will take place in September.

When will the Hero be announced? Boston's 2017 Cox Conserves Hero will be announced in October. 

What does the Hero receive? A total of $20,000 will be donated to local environmental nonprofits in Boston. $10,000 will be donated to Hero’s environmental nonprofit organization of choice. Each of the finalists will receive $5,000 to donate to their environmental nonprofits of choice. The organization must be a registered 501(c)(3) and proof of registration status is required.

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