Cox Communications (No. 18 on the DiversityInc Top 50 Companies list) and The Trust for Public Land named John Walther as Louisiana's 2017 Cox Conserves Hero during an opening reception at the Center for Planning Excellence's (CPEX) Louisiana Smart Growth Summit on Nov. 7.
Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana (CCA Louisiana), Walther's nonprofit beneficiary, will receive $10,000. Walther was among the three finalists who were nominated by the public then chosen by local judging panels to compete in an online vote for the title of Louisiana's Cox Conserves Hero.
Walther is a long-time volunteer of Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana (CCA Louisiana) and has been the guiding force behind 20 unique artificial reef deployments across Louisiana's coast. He pioneered the use of recycled concrete materials in artificial reef projects in Louisiana and has also been the driving force behind the annual Derelict Crab Trap Removal Program. One of his most significant accomplishments is the installation of 20 reefs – with an additional two coming down the pipeline. He has the vision and determination to enhance the fishing experience in Louisiana.
The Cox Conserves Heroes awards program was created through a partnership with The Trust for Public Land and Cox Enterprises, the parent company of Cox Communications. The program has donated nearly $800,000 to environmental nonprofits, and nearly 200 volunteers have been honored.
Cox Conserves Heroes also takes place in Arizona, California, Georgia, Florida, Massachusetts, Virginia and Washingtonand is part of the company's national Cox Conserves sustainability program that is celebrating its 10th anniversary.
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