Cox Enterprises enjoys longstanding collaborative environmental partnerships with The Trust for Public Land, American Rivers and Ocean Conservancy. Cox also actively supports a wide variety of local environmental organizations in communities across the country. These relationships allow us to magnify our impact by engaging employees and members of the communities we serve and by identifying projects most in need of support.
The Trust for Public Land
Public lands are the pride of our nation. They are places that people of all ages and from all walks of life depend on for food, water, recreation and enjoyment of nature’s beauty. But these wild places are under threat. And in many cities, one in three residents lacks access to a park or natural area. Our open spaces are disappearing at the incredible rate of 6,000 acres per day.
The Trust for Public Land (TPL) is working to change this. TPL is a national nonprofit land conservation organization that protects parks, community gardens, historic sites, rural lands and other natural places, ensuring livable communities for generations to come. Its goal: ensure that every child has access to a safe place to play in nature.
Cox Conserves Heroes is a national awards program created by Cox Enterprises and TPL that honors volunteers who share this vision by creating or preserving outdoor places in our local communities. In each of our participating markets, we ask the public to nominate volunteers who are making a difference. Winners receive funds for donation to environmental nonprofits of their choice, fueling further support of organizations that are helping to protect the natural world.
The U.S. has more than 2.9 million miles of rivers. And while rivers have historically been sources of life, today, almost half of U.S. waterways are too polluted for fishing and swimming. Forty percent of North America’s freshwater species are at risk of extinction.
Pollution, habitat destruction and the growing threat of climate change imperil our country’s rivers – and put sources of food and drinking water at risk. American Rivers is the leading conservation organization standing up to help the future of our rivers change course. Founded in 1973, American Rivers has more than 65,000 members and supporters, and its board is currently chaired by Alex Taylor, Cox Enterprises’ executive vice president and chief operating officer.
Cox employees work with American Rivers on waterway cleanups throughout the year in various locations across the country. Our support helps ensure clean water, revitalize fish and wildlife habitats, improve flood protection, stop polluted runoff and sewage spills, and leave a legacy of healthy rivers.
In 2016, we celebrated the 25th anniversary of the American Rivers National River Cleanup Program with public service announcements through Cox Communications and Cox Media Group. On Earth Day, Cox employees from government affairs, the Washington Bureau and Rare.us partnered with American Rivers, Anacostia Watershed Society and Groundwork to remove 2,635 pounds of trash from Kenilworth Park along the Anacostia River in Washington, D.C.
Employees from Cox Communications, Cox Media Group and Cox Automotive participated in our first Team Cox river cleanup in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Volunteers removed an estimated 3,000 pounds of waste along the Arkansas River.
The oceans are much more than just a place to catch a wave. They’re a source of food, both for animals and for more than 2.6 billion people worldwide who rely on them for protein. Oceans are also a major employer: America’s ocean and coastal economy supports roughly 2.3 million jobs.
Our oceans’ continued abundance depends on people working to protect waters from threats like pollution, overfishing and the effects of climate change. Ocean Conservancy educates and empowers citizens to take action. Informed by science, the organization guides policy and engages people in protecting our oceans and their wildlife for future generations.
Cox Enterprises annually partners with Ocean Conservancy on beach cleanups from coast to coast. In Orange County, California, 282 volunteers from Autotrader, Cox Communications, Kelley Blue Book and Manheim picked up nearly 1,000 pounds of trash – Cox’s biggest cleanup to date. In 2015, Cox Communications Southeast employees joined Manheim Pensacola colleagues to remove 215 pounds of trash from Johnson Beach on Perdido Key, Florida.
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American Business Climate Pledge
On October 19, 2015, Cox Enterprises joined the White House for the American Business Act on Climate Pledge, uniting with 80 other leading companies to further efforts around carbon mitigation, sustainability and resiliency. Our pledge is comprised of Cox Conserves goals of zero waste to landfill by 2024, as well as becoming both carbon and water neutral by 2044.
White House Water Summit
Cox participated in the White House Water Summit, held in 2016 in conjunction with the United Nations World Water Day. We joined more than 150 organizations representing the private, government, academic and nonprofit sectors to demonstrate an ongoing commitment to water conservation.
Investing in Innovation
Cox has made a major commitment to investments in innovative sustainable technologies outside the scope of our existing operational footprint. This incudes the establishment of Cox-owned Seven Islands Environmental Solutions, which has launched renewable energy and waste diversion projects.