Cox Communications is accepting nominations for its Cox Conserves Heroes awards program honoring community volunteers who help create, preserve or enhance outdoor places for everyone to enjoy. Nominees must be people who were not paid for their efforts. To nominate someone, go to Cox7.com/coxconserves and vote by Nov. 21. Online public voting will take place Jan. 9-30, 2012. A panel of local civic and environmental leaders will choose one winner for the Phoenix area and one for southern Arizona, and each will receive $5,000 to donate to an environmental nonprofit of their choice. Finalists will earn $1,000 for a nonprofit group of their choice. Winners will be announced in February.