Choose Your Favorite Local Environmental Heroes at Cox-Cares.org

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Online Voting to Select Winners is Open until April 15, 2011

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Each of these individuals is a Cox Conservation Champion for stepping up and working on a local environmental project to create, preserve, improve or enhance the shared outdoor places in a community within our service area.

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA – Cox Communications has named the finalists in its first Cox Conservation Champions program and opened online voting to the public at Cox-Cares.org. First-, second- and third-place winners in the adult and youth categories will each receive $2,500, $1,000 and $500, respectively, to donate to a local environmental non-profit organization of their choice, within the service area of Orange County, Palos Verdes and Santa Barbara.

Finalists in the youth category include:

  •     Kirsten Hibbard – Laguna Niguel, CA
  •     Daria Miller – Lake Forest, CA
  •     Skyler Ryan – Santa Barbara, CA

Finalists in the adult category include:

  •     Williams Labigan, Mission Viejo, CA
  •     Chris Lung – Tustin, CA
  •     John Smith – Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

“Each of these individuals is a Cox Conservation Champion for stepping up and working on a local environmental project to create, preserve, improve or enhance the shared outdoor places in a community within our service area,” said Duffy Leone, senior vice president of operations, Cox Communications in California. “We’re celebrating their positive efforts while we continue to invest to run our own business in the most environmentally sustainable manner.”

The public can visit http://www.cox-cares.org to learn more about the finalists and vote. Individuals are permitted to vote once for one candidate in each category. Voting ends on April 15, 2011 at 5:00 p.m. PST. Winners will be announced on Earth Day 2011.

Other environmentally-focused programs in place at Cox in Orange County include:

  •     Stationary fuel cells for clean, onsite electricity generation
  •     Photovoltaic solar technology to minimize electricity demand
  •     Lighting retrofit to minimize electricity use
  •     Water-conservation fixtures to reduce water use
  •     Recycling to keep waste out of local landfills
  •     Gas-saving permanent air filters in Cox vehicles to improve mileage
  •     Reduced vehicle idle time to save gasoline
  •     Employee vanpool program to reduce commuting miles

About Cox Communications
Cox Communications is a telecommunications company serving more than 6.2 million residential and commercial customers. Locally, Cox Communications in California serves select areas of Orange County, Palos Verdes, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, Santa Barbara, portions of San Pedro, and San Diego. Additionally, Cox provides dedicated local community programming on Cox3, Cox4 and Cox8.

Cox is known for its pioneering efforts in cable telephone and commercial services, industry-leading customer care and its outstanding workplaces. For eight years, Cox ranked the highest in customer satisfaction for residential telephone services in the West; Cox has been recognized as the top operator for women by Women in Cable Telecommunications for seven years; Cox has ranked among Diversity Inc's Top 50 Companies for Diversity for five years, and the company has held a perfect score in the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index for three years. More information about Cox Communications, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cox Enterprises, is available at http://www.cox.com, http://www.coxbusiness.com and http://www.coxmedia.com.

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