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Nominations open for Cox Conserves Hero

Cox Communications and The Trust for Public Land have begun accepting nominations in an annual competition aimed at finding the past year's top environmental volunteer.

Through online voting after nominations are accepted, the competition recognizes a winner, the Cox Conserve Hero, in each of several geographic regions around the country. In addition to San Diego, the competition is held in the San Francisco Bay Area, Arizona, Georgia, Louisiana, Virginia and Seattle.

Nominations of individual volunteers "creating, preserving or enhancing outdoor spaces" submitted at CoxConservesHeroes.com are being accepted through 5 p.m. on May 21, a Cox release said. The online voting will determine the winner from three nominees making the final cut.

A total of $15,000 will be donated to environmental nonprofits on behalf of the winner and finalists, while the winner will receive $10,000 to donate to his or her local environmental nonprofits of choice.

The other two finalists will receive $2,500 to go toward their nonprofits of choice.

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