Finalists Named for Atlanta's Cox Conserves Heroes Program, Public Asked to Vote

ATLANTA, Oct. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Channel 2 WSB-TV, in partnership with The Trust for Public Land (TPL), announced the finalists for Atlanta's fourth annual Cox Conserves Heroes program. A total of $15,000 will be donated to local environmental nonprofits on behalf of the winner and finalists.

As a finalist, the three individuals each have secured a $2,500 donation for his or her nonprofit of choice, and are now competing for an additional $7,500 – bringing the total donation on behalf of the winner to $10,000.

The winner will be chosen through an online public vote beginning today and running through October 29.

To vote, visit

Atlanta's Cox Conserves Heroes finalists (environmental nonprofit of choice):

Atlanta's Cox Conserves Hero will be announced on November 15.

  • The finalists were selected by a judging panel of local environmental leaders, including:
  • 2011 Cox Conserves Hero Na'Taki Osborne-Jelks
  • 2010 Cox Conserves Hero Angel Poventud
  • 2009 Cox Conserves Hero Don Wells
  • Sustainable Atlanta's Executive Director Suzanne Burnes
  • Southface's Chief Operating Officer Michael Halicki
  • EarthShare of Georgia's Executive Director Madeline Reamy
  • Environmental Protection Agency's Sustainable Communities/ Partnerships Lead Camilla Warren
  • Georgia Environmental Finance Authority's Land Conservation Program Manager Andrew Szwak

The following Metro Atlanta organizations have received financial support from the Cox Conserves Heroes program: Elachee Nature Science Center, Georgia Organics, Historic Fourth Ward Park Conservancy, Johns Creek Community Wildlife Habitat, Keeping It Wild, Mountain Stewards, Park Pride, Sustainable Norcross, Trees Atlanta, and the West Atlanta Watershed Alliance. Financial support from Cox Conserves Heroes has helped build trails, plant trees, provide environmental education, maintain parks, as well as create outdoor classrooms and certified wildlife habitats at area schools.

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About Cox Conserves Heroes (
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. Since the program launched in 2008, 20 individuals have been recognized as Cox Conserves Heroes and more than $225,000 has been donated to local environmental nonprofits. Cox Conserves Heroes also takes place in Arizona, San Diego, Santa Barbara, San Francisco, Seattle, Orange County (Calif.) and Virginia.

About Channel 2 WSB-TV (
The ABC Affiliate is part of Cox Media Group and ranks as Atlanta's number one local television station. The station also operates its website,, its mobile site,, and airs MeTV on its digital channel 2.2.

Cox Media Group is an integrated broadcasting, publishing, direct marketing and digital media company that includes the national advertising rep firms of Cox Reps. Additionally, CMG owns and operates Valpak, one of North America's leading direct marketing companies. With $1.7 billion in revenue, the company operations include 15 broadcast television stations and one local cable channel, 86 radio stations, eight daily newspapers and more than a dozen non-daily publications, and more than 100 digital services. CMG operates in more than 30 media markets and reaches approximately 52 million Americans weekly, including 30 million TV viewers, more than 4 million print and online newspaper readers, and 18 million radio listeners. For more information about Cox Media Group, please check us out online at

About The Trust for Public Land (
The Trust for Public Land conserves land for people to enjoy as parks, gardens, and other natural places, ensuring livable communities for generations to come. Since 1972, we have completed 5,200 park and conservation projects, conserved more than 3 million acres, and helped generate $33 billion in state and local conservation funding.