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Posted: Thursday, July 10, 2014 11:00 am

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TO BUSINESS, ENVIRONMENTAL, AND NATIONAL EDITORS:

Finalists Named for Arizona's Cox Conserves Heroes Program, Public

Asked to Vote

PHOENIX, July 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Cox Communications and The

Trust for Public Land, sponsored locally by Goodwill of Central

Arizona, today announced finalists for Arizona's 2014 Cox Conserves

Heroes program. A total of $15,000 will be donated to local

environmental nonprofits on behalf of the winner and finalists.

By being a finalist, each individual has secured a $2,500 donation for

his nonprofit of choice. The finalists are now competing for an

additional $7,500 - bringing the total donation on behalf of the

winner to $10,000. The winner will be chosen through an online public

vote.

The public is being asked to vote now through August 7th at

www.cox7.com/cox-conserves.

Arizona's 2014 Cox Conserves Heroes Finalists

Cass Blodgett is a volunteer citizen scientist on the North Mountain

Plant Inventory Project. He collects and documents North Mountain's

diversity of flora, teaches the public about native flora and leads

interpretative hikes. His commitment to documenting the area's

biological diversity helps spread plant knowledge with the community.

His environmental nonprofit of choice is Arizona Native Plant Society.

As a volunteer,Darren Chapmanraised funds to create 16 acres of

community gardens that were previously vacant lots used by gangs. By

selling the produce at local farmers markets, he is able to employ

at-risk teens to cultivate the gardens. He also hosts garden

demonstrations and social events twice a month for the local

community. His environmental nonprofit of choice is Tigermountain

Foundation.

Greg Clark uses his engineering expertise to save the area's burrowing

owls that nest underground. The burrows are often crushed by heavy

equipment, so he has led hundreds of volunteers in a movement to

create artificial burrows. More than 500 displaced owls have

successfully been relocated. His environmental nonprofit of choice is

Wild At Heart.

Sponsored locally by Goodwill of Central Arizona, Arizona's 2014 Cox

Conserves Hero will be announced in mid-August.

Melinda Gulick from Scottsdale and Brad Lancaster from Tucson are

previous recipients of Arizona's Cox Conserves Heroes award.

Cox Conserves Heroes was created in partnership through The Trust for

Public Land and Cox Enterprises, the parent company of Cox

Communications, to honor environmental volunteers who are creating or

preserving outdoor spaces. Funds are donated on behalf of the

finalists and winners to their local environmental nonprofits of

choice. Through the Cox Conserves Heroes program, nearly $400,000 has

been donated to environmental nonprofits and more than 130 volunteers

have been recognized.

Cox Conserves Heroes takes place in Arizona (Phoenix and Tucson);

California (Orange County, San Diego and Santa Barbara); Georgia

(Atlanta); Louisiana (Acadiana, Baton Rouge and New Orleans); Virginia

(Fairfax County/Fredericksburg, Hampton Roads and Roanoke) and

Washington (Seattle).

For more information, visit CoxConservesHeroes.com or Facebook.

Social Media: #CoxConservesHeroes and #CoxConservesHero

About Cox Communications: Cox Communications is the third largest

cable provider and a multi-service broadband communications company

serving nearly 3 million residential and business product subscribers

in Arizona (a product subscriber represents an individual service

purchased by a customer). In metro Phoenix, Cox serves approximately

2.5 million product subscribers. In Southern Arizona, Cox serves

approximately 400,000 product subscribers. Cox's 18,500-mile hybrid

fiber coaxial cable network throughout Phoenix and Southern Arizona

provides homes and businesses with digital television, high speed

Internet, home networking, high-definition television and digital

telephone service over its own nationwide IP network. During the past

nine years, Cox has topped numerous J.D. Power and Associates' studies

of customer satisfaction, most recently receiving top honors for

residential telephone & high speed Internet, and business data

services and has received PC Magazine's "people's choice" award for

the sixth time. Additionally, Cox High Speed Internet has been ranked

#1 for the past seven years on the "Ranking Arizona-Best of Arizona

Business" list. Cox Media is responsible for the sale of cable

advertising throughout Arizona. Cox Communications is a wholly owned

subsidiary of Cox Enterprises Inc and serves approximately 6 million

customers nationwide. Additional information about Cox in Arizona is

available at www.cox.com/arizona.

About The Trust for Public Land: The Trust for Public Land creates

parks and protects land for people, ensuring healthy, livable

communities for generations to come. Nearly ten million people live

within a ten-minute walk of a Trust for Public Land park, garden, or

natural area, and millions more visit these sites every year. Learn

more at tpl.org.

About Cox Conserves: Launched in 2007 by Chairman Jim Kennedy, Cox

Conserves is Cox Enterprises' national sustainability program. Cox

Conserves focuses on reducing waste and energy consumption, as well as

conserving water. The program engages each of the company's major

subsidiaries (Cox Communications, Manheim, Cox Media Group and

AutoTrader Group) and encourages Cox Enterprises' 50,000 employees and

their families to engage in eco-friendly practices.

About Goodwill of Central Arizona: With 65 years of serving central

Arizona's communities, Goodwill of Central Arizona is one of the

oldest and largest nonprofit agencies in Arizona. Our Commitment is to

Put People to Work throughout Arizona by providing job training and

employment services to those with vocational disadvantages and

disabilities that can include mental and emotional barriers, physical

disabilities, welfare dependency, illiteracy and age. In 2013, we

served more than 59,607 youth and adults on their quest toward

self-sufficiency and secured more than 23,506 employment

opportunities. For more information on Goodwill of Central Arizona,

visit www.goodwillaz.org.

SOURCE Cox Communications

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/CONTACT: Andrea Katsenes, Cox Communications, 623-328-3272, Andrea.Katsenes@cox.com; Elizabeth Olmstead, Cox Enterprises, 678-645-0762, elizabeth.olmstead@coxinc.com; Kristen Anderson, The Trust for Public Land, 415-495-4014, kristen.anderson@tpl.org; Summer Dunham, Goodwill of Central Arizona, 602-535-4037, summer.dunham@goodwillaz.org

/Web Site: http://www.cox7.com/cox-conserves

CO: Cox Communications

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