Cox Media’s KIRO-TV Seattle announced the winner of the station’s 2012 Cox Conserves Hero on July 26. Since its inception in 2007, The Cox Conserves Heroes program, through a partnership between The Trust for Public Land and Cox Enterprises, the parent company of KIRO-TV, has honored everyday conservationists. This year, Laura James, an eco-friendly scuba diver who volunteers her time to removing batteries and other pollutants from the Puget Sound, received Western Washington’s 2012 award. The program also runs in Arizona, Atlanta, Orange County (Calif.), San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Barbara and Virginia. More than $200,000 has been donated to local nonprofits through the Cox Conserves Heroes program.