Cable Technology Feature Article
Cox Enterprises to Expand Cox Conserves Program
By Carolyn J Dawson, TMCnet Contributor
Cox (News - Alert) Enterprises, a leading provider of communications, media and automotive services, has recently announced an expansion to the Cox Conserves program. The company’s national sustainability program was until recently focused on carbon reduction, and as per the new expansion goals, water conservation and waste reduction will be added to it.
Cox Conserves was launched in 2007, and since then the program has already achieved 26 alternative energy installations, hundreds of energy conservation projects across the country, and prevented annually over 41,000 tons of carbon emissions from entering the environment. Utilizing multiple forms of alternative energy such as fuel cells, photovoltaic (PV) and solar thermal, Cox Conserves has completed Lighting, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) and building efficiency projects.
The expanded goals of the Cox Conserves program will focus on sending zero waste to landfill in the next seven to 10 years; and becoming carbon and water neutral in the next 25 to 30 years. Cox’s two water conservation centers contribute towards annual savings of 32 million gallons of water.
In a release, Jim Kennedy (News - Alert), Chairman, Cox Enterprises, said, "Through Cox Conserves, we're lessening our impact on the environment by managing our waste stream and conserving carbon and water. We're incorporating sustainability into every aspect of our business by harnessing today's technology while anticipating tomorrow's innovations. Greening our operations and supporting environmental nonprofits creates long-term environmental and fiscal sustainability. We all have a responsibility—corporations, nonprofits, public sectors and individuals—to create a sustainable environment for future generations."
Cox Enterprises advocates eco-friendly practices and encourages its vendors and partners to do so through its supplier sustainability program. Through operations projects and grants, Cox and its affiliated foundations have invested more than $100 million in sustainability and conservation nonprofits. Cox has formed successful partnerships with its own employees, Rubicon Global, The Trust for Public Land (TPL), American Rivers and many others.
With TPL, for example, the Cox Conserves Heroes program recognizes volunteers who create, preserve or enhance outdoor places in local communities, and so far over 100 volunteers have be recognized and more than $380,000 has been donated to local environmental nonprofits. Cox has recently received LEED Gold certification for a new facility on its headquarters campus.
Edited by Ryan Sartor