If you know of an environmental hero in the Atlanta area, now is your chance to nominate them for the Cox Conserves Heroes program. The program is part of Cox’s overall commitment to sustainability and is designed to recognize local environmental advocates. The winner will be recognized with a $5,000 award to their favorite environmental charity and then four finalists will each receive a $1,250 donation to their charity of choice.

Nominations for the Atlanta 2010 Cox Conserves Heroes program are being accepted online at the WSB-TV Channel 2 website. Before nominating your favorite environmental hero, please take a minute to read through the “Who is Eligible” FAQ. A few key bits of information include the requirement that the project be something that anyone could do, the project needs to be a new program and not something that already exists, and that the story needs to inspire others to stand up and do something for our environment.

In 2009, Don Wells was named the Atlanta Cox Conserves Heroes for his work in the North Georgia Mountains. The winning project included the creation of new recreation facilities in the region, a new wheelchair accessible trail, and a new trail designed specifically for a therapeutic riding program. This allows individuals of all ability levels to enjoy the beauty of the North Georgia Mountains. His work not only beautified the region but also led to a $5,000 donation to the Mountain Stewards programs, which allowed the organization to build new trails and improve their outdoor classrooms.

Registration for the Atlanta 2010 Cox Conserves Heroes program just opened yesterday and will run through August 20. From October 11 through November 8, videos of the finalists will be posted and the public can vote on their favorite. In mid-November, the winner will be announced. For more information on the program, visit the Cox Conserves Heroes website or nominate your environmental hero now.

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