Cox Enterprises Announces Winners of Annual Sustainability Challenge

Staff Report From Georgia CEO

Monday, June 10th, 2024

Cox Enterprises, a global company dedicated to empowering people to build a better future, is proud to announce the winners of the 2024 Chairman's Challenge, an initiative that rallies employees to reduce waste and take sustainable actions. Nearly 4,000 eco-conscious employees participated in this year's challenge, collectively diverting 17 tons of waste from landfills. 

Additionally, the winning employees selected six environmental nonprofits to receive grants totaling more than $50,000 because of their efforts.

The Chairman's Challenge supports Cox's ongoing commitment to drive positive change through its Cox Conserves program. Launched in 2007 by Chairman Emeritus Jim Kennedy, Cox Conserves aims to make Cox a more environmentally sustainable company. Since 2007, Cox has invested more than $2 billion in sustainable businesses and technologies, and the James M. Cox Foundation has awarded over $95 million to environmental and conservation causes since 2011.

"Programs like this set Cox apart from the rest and illustrate another way we are making the world a better place for our kids," said Chairman and CEO Alex Taylor.

The top-performing employees worked with the James M. Cox Foundation to award grants to environmental nonprofits of their choice. One participant from each division was also randomly selected to receive a $500 travel voucher. The winners are:

Cox Communications
$15,000 grant | Tiffany RamosChesapeake, VA
Nonprofit: Elizabeth River Project
$2,500 grant | Rebecca BrownBaton Rouge, LA
Nonprofit: LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens
$500 travel voucher | Michael HeritageTucson, AZ 

Cox Automotive
$15,000 grant | Amber ConnleyIrvine, CA
Nonprofit: Stand Up to Trash
$2,500 grant | Sarah FalzaranoTolleson, AZ
Nonprofit: Veterans Off Grid
$500 travel voucher | Shelby SilcoxAtlanta, GA 

Cox Enterprises
$15,000 grant | Cari MooreAtlanta, GA
Nonprofit: Georgia Mountain Trails Partnership
$2,500 grant | John CuryloAtlanta, GA
Nonprofit: The Post-Morrow Foundation
$500 travel voucher | Amy MasonBurlington, VT

As the first service-based enterprise verified by Zero Waste USA to meet its definition of zero waste*, Cox continues to lead the charge in sustainable practices.