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Cox Conserves Heroes 2014 Winners

On November 19, we covered an uplifting event held at WSB-TV’s studios, where Channel 2’s own Jovita Moore and Craig Lucie named Bob Scott Atlanta’s 2014 Cox Conserves Hero.

The Cox Conserves Heroes program was created by Cox Enterprises in partnership with The Trust for Public Land to recognize local environmental volunteers. The program honors these heroes by making donations to the local nonprofits that matter most to them. Scott’s nonprofit of choice, South Fork Conservancy, will receive $10,000. His goal is to build an urban refuge in metro Atlanta and to encourage outdoor activity.

Joy Carter and Barry Henson were also lauded as finalists. Carter’s selected nonprofit, the Atlanta Audubon Society, will receive $2,500. Henson supports Go Outdoors USA, which will also receive a $2,500 donation from Cox Conserves Heroes.

The applause was big and genuine for Scott and the two finalists from an audience comprised of WSB-TV leaders, previous Cox Conserves Heroes and finalists, teams from local environmental nonprofits and leaders from The Trust for Public Land and Cox Enterprises. Channel 2 WSB-TV did their part by drawing public attention to the award and sharing the winners’ inspirational stories, all in the hope that viewers will realize everyone can make a difference and get involved like Bob, Joy and Barry.

The Cox Conserves Heroes program was made possible by the efforts of Cox Chairman Jim Kennedy, who launched the Cox Conserves national sustainability program in 2007. Cox Conserves focuses on reducing waste and energy consumption, as well as conserving water. The impact of the Cox Conserves Heroes program alone has been tremendous, with nearly $500,000 donated to environmental nonprofits since its inception. In addition to selecting Atlanta winners, the program has national reach and has awarded heroes in Arizona, Louisiana, San Diego, Orange County, Virginia, Santa Barbara and Western Washington.

One of the unique features of the program is that it engages and inspires the public in nominating and voting for volunteers. After the initial nominations, a panel of local environmental leaders selects finalists and videos are made about each of them and their efforts. The public then watches the videos and votes for their favorite. If you know someone who does amazing sustainability work–like park refurbishment, water conservation, public beautification, advocacy or community outreach–bookmark the Cox Conserves Heroes website (www.coxconservesheroes.com). Starting in mid-July, you can go online and nominate someone — or yourself!  

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Celebrating Georgia’s Environment with EarthShare

Our friends at EarthShare of Georgia recently held their Leadership Breakfast at the Georgia Aquarium and their 19th Annual Earth Day Party at the historical Defoor Centre in Westside Midtown. The talented Jason Hales and I were lucky to be on hand to document both.

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The 12th Annual Earth Day 2014 Leadership Breakfast was held in the Oceans Ballroom. The awards presented at the Leadership Breakfast were gorgeous, but weren’t to be outshined by the sparkling aquatic setting. What a perfect backdrop for celebrating Georgia’s environment and sustainable business practices. 

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The Defoor Center decked out for the Earth Day Party was no less stunning — and guests took time out to snap their own shots.

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Event chairs Linda and Steve Edwards clearly know how to throw a party, and ensured this benefit for Georgia’s only dedicated environmental fund hit — or more likely exceeded — the mark.

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One highlight of the evening was a silent auction offering a magnetic variety of eclectic items. EarthShare VIPs rushed to snap some up in record time!

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There truly was something for everyone to bid on–from the exotic to the more…”practical” eco-products–and deals on many other beautiful, delicious and enticing offerings in between! All proceeds benefited EarthShare of Georgia.

It wouldn’t be a party without great food and the Defoor Centre’s catering team, led by Michelle Davidson, didn’t disappoint. Guests enjoyed an array of locally sourced organic foods and beverages.

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Entertainment provided by The Pergantis Trio encouraged guests to linger and listen.

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The smiling faces we encountered throughout the evening were a joy to photograph, especially knowing that the fun was benefiting a worthy cause.

We’d like to extend many thanks to Andrea Hansberry at EarthShare of Georgia for inviting us to support the event!