Acting Now. For Tomorrow.
With over 83,000 employees, Cox and its subsidiaries can have a huge environmental impact. Cox is reducing greenhouse gas emissions across the board by utilizing efficient heating and cooling systems, green energy sources, hybrid fleet vehicles, and more.
Cox Conserves Heroes
Cox, in partnership with The Trust for Public Land (TPL), announced Chris Clifford is Virginia's 2011 Cox Conserves Hero. Clifford was nominated for the program, selected as a finalist by local environmental leaders and ultimately named as the Hero after receiving the most votes in an online public poll. Clifford has selected Park Partners, Inc. to receive the $5,000 award. Due to Clifford's efforts, Gloucester residents have new fields and park amenities to enjoy. He helped construct fifteen athletic fields at local schools and parks, as well as a park entrance road and a wildlife habitat pond.
The remaining 4 finalists received $1,250 to be donated to their environmental nonprofit organization of choice:
- Dan Baxter (Virginia Beach Clean Community Commission)
- Lillie Gilbert (Lynnhaven River Now)
- Thomas Guss (Newport News Green Foundation)
- Charlie Harrelson (Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation Foundation)
Sponsored in Virginia by Casey Auto Group, Cox Conserves Heroes honors individuals who are creating, preserving or enhancing outdoor places for everyone to enjoy. For more information on Cox Conserves Heroes, visit http://www.coxconservesheroes.com/.
E-Waste Recycling Event
On March 5th, Cox hosted an electronics waste recycling event at the Peninsula Town Center in Hampton. The event was held in partnership with the City of Hampton, the Hampton Clean City Commission, Peninsula Town Center, City of Newport News, City of Williamsburg, James City County, and York County, and marks the third consecutive year that Synergy Recycling served as the recycling agent. Between the one-day residential recycling event and the free business recycling offered to area businesses, more than 66,000 pounds of electronic waste was collected and disposed of properly.
Energy Demand Response Program
Cox Virginia has enrolled in the Legends Energy Group demand response program, further enhancing the company's commitment to go green. A signing ceremony was held on Saturday, March 5th at the E-Waste Collection event and featured Legends partners and NFL Hall-of-Famers Bruce Smith and Thurman Thomas. Cox's participation in Legend's Demand Response Program indicates Cox's intention to reduce its energy consumption during peak energy usage times at its various facilities; this reduced energy consumption will occur primarily June through September each year. Cox will receive a payment for reducing our electricity during times of stress on the electric grid, and Cox's reduced energy consumption will have a profound effect on the local environment.