#ParksAndRecreationMonth: Cox Enterprises’ COO Alex Taylor Shows How “Actions Speak” in Tulsa

Jul 27, 2017 11:30 AM ET

At a recent river cleanup,Cox Enterprises’ COO Alex Taylor demonstrated that he doesn’t just “talk the talk” when it comes to advocating for the environment. Alex joined about 200 #TeamCox volunteers, representing all of the company’s divisions (Cox Communications, Cox Automotive and Cox Media Group) to clean up trash from the banks of the Arkansas River in downtown Tulsa.

The project took place in partnership with American Rivers, Keep Oklahoma Beautiful and the River Parks Authority. 

“Cox has a long-standing history of commitment to environmental sustainability,” said Alex. “We’re particularly excited for today’s river cleanup in Tulsa, where we recently supported ‘A Gathering Place’ — a local environmental project that aims to transform the city’s waterfront and connect residents to the outdoors.”

Together, the group removed 2.5 tons (5,000 pounds) of trash and debris along the River Parks East Trail and the banks of the river. The effort was aimed at raising awareness and interest in the importance of healthy local rivers. Millions of Americans annually participate in outdoor recreation activities, many of which were on or enhanced by rivers.

This event was the fourth in a series of 10 planned waterfront cleanups this year to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Cox Conserves, the company’s national sustainability program that has invested more than $100 million in sustainability and conservation initiatives.

Through these investments, the company has offset 82,000 tons of carbon, diverted 97,000 tons of waste from landfill and conserved 57 million gallons of water. These projects are helping the company reach its goals to send zero waste to landfill by 2024 and become carbon and water neutral by 2044.

To learn more about Cox Enterprises’ environmental goals and how the company engages its employees with sustainability initiatives like #TeamCox, visit www.coxCSRreport.com