Trees, Water & People (TWP)
Trees, Water & People (TWP) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded by Stuart Conway and Richard Fox in 1998, in Fort Collins, Colorado with the mission to improve people’s lives by helping communities to protect, conserve and manage the natural resources upon which their long-term well-being depends.
Nationally, TWP is actively involved with helping to improve the lives of Native American families living on the reservations of the Great Plains. There, where the winters are extremely long and harsh, Native Americans commonly spend more than half of their income on their exorbitant utility bills. Together with our reservation-based partner, we have built 850 economic solar heating systems, saving tribal families 20-30% on their annual heating bills, and trained more than 175 tribal members in residential and facility-scale renewable energy applications. We have also planted trees and shrubs around the home sites for more than 160 additional families, further lowering heating costs and associated emissions by acting as an important wind blocks during the frigid winter and providing much-needed shade during the sweltering summer.
Internationally, TWP works extensively in Central America and Haiti. Together, with our country-based partners, we support 8 community tree nurseries that produce 650,000 trees annually to aid in reforestation efforts, planting over 4.3 million trees to date. We have built 47,000 clean cookstoves. Each cookstove decreases a family’s need for firewood by 50-70%, as compared to standard open fire cooking, and reduces carbon emissions by at least 1.5 tons per year. When vented to the outside of the home, these improved cookstoves also decrease indoor air pollution, which is responsible for the death of 1.9 million women and children globally every year.
Trees, Water & People has achieved significant recognition for our ongoing conservation and humanitarian efforts. Most notably, Prince Charles presented the 2005 Ashden Award for Sustainable Energy to TWP for our innovative clean cookstove project in Honduras. In 2008, we were awarded the US$1Million Rio Tinto Prize for Sustainability, recognizing our international stove and reforestation projects. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) honored TWP with the 2009-10 Sasakawa Prize for our ongoing efforts to combat global climate change through distribution of improved cookstoves in Central America and Haiti. In addition, Co-founder and International Director, Stuart Conway, was presented with the Sargent Shriver Award for Distinguished Humanitarian Service in 2010 by the National Peace Corps Association for his work with TWP and the the Francis K. Hutchinson Medal from the Garden Club of America (GCA), the highest conservation award from the GCA.See more