Bill Gordge Named Virginia's 2013 Cox Conserves Hero
$15,000 donated to environmental nonprofits on behalf of winner and finalists

CHESAPEAKE, Va., June 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Cox Communications y The Trust for Public Land announced Bill Gordge as Virginia's 2013 Cox Conserves Hero. As Gordge's nonprofit of choice, Pathfinders for Greenways received $10,000.

Gordge was nominated for helping maintain Roanoke's section of the Appalachian Trail for three decades. He helped design, build and expand the local trail network, while also teaching crews and students about sustainable trail construction. His goal is to get people of all ages outdoors to appreciate the beauty of nature.

Each of the finalists received $2,500 to donate to their environmental nonprofits of choice:

Anne Little was selected as Virginia's 2012 Cox Conserves Hero for her work with Tree Fredericksburg, an organization she launched with the goal of planting and sustaining an urban forest in the city. Chris Clifford was named Virginia's 2011 Cox Conserves Hero. He helped construct fifteen athletic fields at local schools and parks, as well as a park entrance road and a wildlife habitat pond.

Lynnhaven River Now, Newport News Green Foundation, Tree Fredericksburg,  Virginia Beach Clean Community Commission, Virginia Living Museum, Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation Foundation y Western Virginia Land Trust have also received donations through the Cox Conserves Heroes program in Virginia.  

The Cox Conserves Heroes program was created through a partnership between The Trust for Public Land and Cox Enterprises, the parent company of Cox Communications, to honor everyday volunteers. The program also runs in Arizona, Atlanta, Louisiana, Orange County (Calif.), San Diego, San Francisco and Santa Barbara. Nearly $300,000 has been donated to local nonprofits through the Cox Conserves Heroes program.

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About The Trust for Public Land
Founded in 1972, The Trust for Public Land is the leading nonprofit working to conserve land for people. Operating from more than 30 offices nationwide, The Trust for Public Land has protected more than three million acres from the inner city to the wilderness and helped generate more than $34 billion in public funds for conservation. 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.

About Cox Conserves
Cox Enterprises is a leading communications, media and automotive services company. 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 and encourages Cox Enterprises' 50,000 employees and their families to engage in eco-friendly practices.

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