#WorldEnvironmentDay: Cox Enterprises Committed to Sustainability

Company seeks to send zero waste to landfill and become carbon and water neutral through Cox Conserves program
Jun 6, 2016 11:40 AM ET

World Environment Day took place yesterday. At Cox Enterprises, we're continuing to celebrate it today and every day through Cox Conserves. We launched our national sustainability program in 2007 and have invested more than $100 million in sustainability and conservation initiatives since that time. Cox seeks to create positive environmental change in our communities by operating in ways that reduce our impact and inspire our employees, customers, suppliers and partners.

Cox Conserves Goals:

  • Send Zero Waste to Landfill by 2024
  • Become Carbon and Water Neutral by 2044

Employee Programs: Cox encourages its employees to be eco-friendly through a number of programs such as the national employee solar program, which provides up to $1,000 in incentives for employees who choose to install solar panel systems on their homes. Project examples:

  • National Employee Solar Program
  • Preferred Parking for Fuel-Efficient Vehicles
  • Subsidized Commuter Options
  • Electric Car Charging Stations
  • Solar Covered Parking
  • Volunteer Activities

Partnership Programs: Cox has national nonprofit partnerships with American Rivers, Ocean Conservancy and The Trust for Public Land. The company supports local initiatives across the nation, including more than $10 million in support of the Atlanta BeltLine. Cox also has a Supplier Sustainability Initiative that engages 100 of its suppliers that represent billions of dollars in products and services. Project examples:

  • More than 150 environmental volunteers recognized through Cox Conserves Heroes
  • $600,000 donated to local environmental nonprofits through Cox Conserves Heroes
  • 16 tons of trash removed from rivers during employee cleanups

Waste Programs: Cox has diverted 6,292 tons of waste from landfills. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution was the nation’s first newspaper printing facility to achieve zero waste certification. Project examples:

  • Cafeteria Composting Programs
  • Deskside Recycling
  • E-Waste Collections
  • Paperless Billing

Carbon Programs: Cox’s energy projects have saved approximately 64,890 tons of carbon dioxide from entering the environment. Cox Enterprises joined more than 80 companies to sign the White House’s American Business Act on Climate Pledge. Project examples:

  • Alternative Energy
  • Energy Storage
  • Fleet Operations
  • Building Designs
  • HVAC Upgrades
  • Lighting Upgrades

Water Programs: Cox has saved more than 55 million gallons of water. Project examples:

  • Water Conservation Centers
  • Rainwater Harvesting
  • Xeriscaping
  • Motion-Sensored Fixtures


About Cox Enterprises:

Cox Enterprises is a leading communications, media and automotive services company. With revenues of $18 billion and approximately 55,000 employees, the company's major operating subsidiaries include Cox Communications (cable television distribution, high-speed Internet access, telephone, home security and automation, commercial telecommunications and advertising solutions); Cox Automotive (automotive-related auctions, financial services, media and software solutions); and Cox Media Group (television and radio stations, digital media, newspapers and advertising sales rep firms).

The company's major national brands include Autotrader, Kelley Blue Book, Manheim, Savings.com and Valpak. Through Cox Automotive, the company's international operations stretch across Asia, Australia, Europe and Latin America. To learn more about Cox's commitment to people, sustainability and our communities, please visit CoxCSRReport.com.