ATLANTA – To reinforce their commitment to support local green efforts, Manheim Seattle announced a $12,500 donation to Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust. The gift is in conjunction with the first-ever Cox Conserves Chairman’s Cup, an internal program that recognizes Manheim field locations for implementing sustainable business practices. As the program winner, Manheim Seattle was awarded $12,500 to donate to a local environmental nonprofit and selected Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust as the recipient.
The donation will be used to fund community projects such as road, trail and recreational access improvements in the Middle Fork Snoqualmie Valley and completion of a new, family-safe trail to the top of Mailbox Peak.
“We’re thrilled to receive this great contribution from Manheim Seattle and Cox Enterprises, which comes at a very exciting time in our history,” said Cynthia Welti, Executive Director of Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust. “A gift like this really bolsters our ability to do the work at the core of our mission. The funds will be put to good use this year out in the Mountains to Sound Greenway.”
The Cox Conserves Chairman’s Cup was established in 2012 and is designed to motivate Cox companies to challenge each other through environmental efforts in and around their locations. The winner was asked to donate their winnings to an environmental charity committed to supporting eco-friendly practices. Manheim Seattle was selected for their many environmental accomplishments that included developing a holistic recycling program, supporting wetland development and creating partnerships with customers to promote green activities.
“Our employees take conservation seriously,” said Ray Priest, Manheim Seattle General Manager. “When the Cox Conserves Chairman’s Cup was announced, our team was so excited to participate and highlight their efforts to support local conservation. I’m so proud of our team and delighted to offer Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust funding to support their valuable conservation work.”
Cox Enterprises, Manheim’s parent company and the Chairman’s Cup presenter, has many charitable ties in Washington State. The KIRO 7 TV station, a local Cox company, has presented the Cox Conserves Heroes program in Western Washington. Created in partnership with The Trust for Public Land, Cox Conserves Heroes honors volunteers who are creating, preserving or enhancing shared outdoor spaces, and donations are made to local environmental nonprofits on behalf of the winners and finalists.
The Cox Conserves Heroes program has donated nearly $40,000 to environmental nonprofits in the Seattle area, including: EarthCorps, Forest Fire Lookout Association – Western Washington, Greater Metro Parks Foundation, Green Tacoma Partnership, King Conservation District, Metro Parks of Tacoma, North Olympic Land Trust, Northwest Trek Foundation, Sustainable West Seattle, Washington Wilderness Coalition and WSU Island County Beach Watchers.
About Manheim (www.manheim.com)
Manheim is the world’s leading provider of vehicle remarketing services and data intelligence. With more than 100 locations around the globe, Manheim provides consulting services, industry reports, financial services, customer support and educational offerings, helping customers compete efficiently and effectively in today’s used-vehicle marketplace.
In 2012, Manheim handled nearly 8 million used vehicles, facilitating transactions worth more than $50 billion in value. Headquartered in Atlanta, Manheim is a subsidiary of Cox Enterprises, a leading communications, media and automotive services company.
About Cox Conserves
Launched in 2007, Cox Conserves is the company’s national sustainability program that seeks to reduce Cox Enterprises’ energy consumption by embracing alternative forms of energy, conserving natural resources and inspiring eco-friendly behavior. The program engages each of the company’s major subsidiaries (Cox Communications, Manheim, Cox Media Group and AutoTrader.com) and encourages Cox Enterprises’ 50,000 employees and their families to engage in eco-friendly practices.
About Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust
Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust represent 20 years of developing best practices to care for the Mountains to Sound Greenway landscape, stretching from Seattle to Ellensburg, WA through the mountains both north and south. The work of Greenway Trust is focused on multiple levels, including on-the-ground work restoring and improving trails and natural lands, as well as being an active and trusted voice in shaping the policies that govern urban development, usage of, and access to those lands. Greenway Trust has played a key role in the conservation of 225,000 acres in the Greenway over the past 20 years.
NAAA Posted 2/28/2013