Cox Conserves Heroes
We asked and you spoke...now get ready to vote!
Thank you Santa Barbara for helping us identify our community's conservation heroes through your nominations. Check out your top 3 finalists and cast your vote at www.coxconservesheroes.com. Voting ends at 8/16!
The Cox Conserves Hero winner's nonprofit of choice will receive $5,000, a public service announcement and promotional air time valued at $10,000, and 20 volunteer hours from Cox Communications employees. The second-place winner will receive $2,500 for his or her environmental nonprofit of choice, and the third-place winner will receive $1,000 to donate to an environmental nonprofit of choice.
Finalist: Vera Benson
Vera Bensen was one of the major players in the preservation and purchase of the Carpinteria Bluffs. The property was slated for development until the community organized to purchase the property and keep it as open space. The 52 acres of prime ocean front property has served the community for over a decade. It has been a haven for passive recreation such as walking and biking as well as organized sports such as soccer and softball.Nonprofit: Carpinteria Valley Association
Finalist: Susan Epstein
Susan Epstein is an advocate for conservation practices that have lead to greener and healthier environments for thousands of children in the Goleta Valley. As a parent and Goleta School Board member, Susan initiated and led efforts to eliminate pesticides in 120 acres of playing fields that are used not only by the district’s nearly 4,000 students but also by community groups after school hours and on weekends and through the summer months. The school district’s effective use of alternative green practices has become a model for other County agencies and districts.Nonprofit: School Gardens Program (Let's Grow)
Finalist: Dale Swanson
In 2005 Pastor Dale Swanson called the City of Santa Barbara looking for ways for his church to give back to the community. That call led to what eventually became the Annual City Clean-Up. Over the past nine years, he has been a major driving force behind this event that draws over 500 volunteers annually, and inspires other to get involved in our community.Nonprofit: Parks & Recreation Community Fdtn.
Honorable Mention: Hansen Streeter
Earlier this year, 8 year old Hansen Streeter went on a field trip with his class to Explore Ecology (formerly Art From Scrap). He learned about the landfill and the importance of each person making a difference with trash collection and recycling programs. Since this time, he has been diligent about picking up trash and recycling during his lunch hour at school. Hansen is a respected student and athlete and inspires other kids his age to be conscious of our decisions and how they affect the environment.
Learn more about Santa Barbara's past winners and vote for this year's finalists at coxconservesheroes.com
The Cox Conserves Heroes program was created in 2007 in partnership with The Trust for Public Land and Cox Enterprises, the parent company of Cox Communications. The partnership stems from Cox Enterprises’ national Cox Conserves program designed to reduce the company’s carbon footprint by 20 percent by 2017 and promote eco-friendly behavior among its employees, communities and other corporations.
For more information, visit coxconservesheroes.com.