Trees, Water & People is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was founded in 1998 by Stuart Conway and Richard Fox, and is staffed by a group of dedicated conservationists who feel strongly about helping communities protect, conserve, and manage the natural resources upon which their long-term well-being depends. Our work is guided by two core beliefs:
- That natural resources are best protected when local people play an active role in their care and management; and
- preserving local trees, wetlands, and watersheds is essential for the ongoing social, economic, and environmental health of communities everywhere.
TWP develops and manages continuing reforestation, clean cookstove, watershed protection, renewable energy, and environmental education programs in Central America and the American West. Since 1998, TWP has planted more than 4.6 million trees, built 58,000 clean cookstoves, and installed more than 800 solar heating systems.
TWP’s programs have been recognized nationally and internationally, receiving the United Nations Environmental Programme Sasakawa Prize, the Rio Tinto Prize for Sustainability, the Ashden Award for Renewable Energy, as well as awards from Kodak, The Conservation Fund, and eTown, the nationally syndicated environmental radio show.