This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of Cox Enterprises; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
Recently I’ve taken some time off from blogging, but the chance to spread the word about this initiative brought me back to the site with a new vigor. As you probably know if you’ve been here before, I am passionate that we need to be doing more to protect this planet for or kids, and their kids. We’ve left them with an enormous burden to bear, but we can still make changes, both large and small, to ease what we can from their shoulders.
Part of these changes start with us as individuals. Every day opportunities present themselves to be more conscientious about how we live, what we consumer and what we buy.
Part of it means supporting companies that are working towards a more sustainable future. And it’s why I was so intrigued to learn about Cox Enterprises, and eager to share the information with you.
Brands that Give Back: Cox Enterprises
Cox Enterprises, is a leading communications, media and automotive services company. Though they have subsidiaries that cover industries from cable television to home security to financial services to radio stations to advertising agencies, you may know them best as the owners of Autotrader and the Kelley Blue Book. There are over 60,000 employees under the Cox Enterprises umbrella, and revenues that exceed $21 billion (with a “b”).
They have also invested more than $116 million in sustainability projects through their sustainability program, known as Cox Conserves, knowing that there’s a vital opportunity to educate people on the importance of conserving our natural resources. An opportunity that exists because the majority of folks simply don’t realize that if we don’t do something soon, our kids – and their kids – are going to spend their lifetimes fixing this planet.
Cox Conserves aims to reduce energy use and waste, as well as conserve water. They plan to send zero waste to landfill by 2024 and become carbon and water neutral by 2044.
They also know that millennial jobseekers, in particular, are interested in working for companies committed to reducing their impact on the planet, so these corporate social responsibility efforts will help them attract and retain young talent.
Their Mission: Reduce Energy Use, Cut Waste, Conserve Water
Cox Enterprises has completed a total of 30 solar projects over the past decade as part of their sustainability initiatives. In fact, they just announced the opening of these four new solar farms across Georgia and Florida as part of the Southeast Solar Farm Fund. The new Southeast Solar Farm Fund is a prime example of the company’s renewable energy projects and the type of sustainable technology investments that will drive positive environmental change.
What is a Solar Farm?
A solar farm is setting aside an area of land in to install a large number of solar panels that generate electricity from the sun, eliminating the need to use power sources. These are massive projects, people. In fact, there are 42,000 panels across these four farms that produce clean, reliable electricity without consuming any fossil fuels at all. Combined, the four locations will produce enough electricity to power 2,200 homes annually. The energy produced prevents 13,850 tons of carbon from entering the environment each year, the equivalent of removing nearly 3,300 cars from the road per year!
When a company knows that what is good for the environment is also good for the bottom line, we consumers should listen. Using our voices and our consumer dollars to support companies that care about the planet we live on is good for our bottom line as well.