About Us

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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, renewable energy, and green job training programs in Central America, Haiti, and on U.S. tribal lands. Since 1998, TWP has planted 5.7 million trees, built 64,000 clean cookstoves, distributed more than 4,000 solar lights, and installed over 800 solar heating systems.

TWP’s programs have been recognized nationally and internationally, receiving the Energy Globe Award, 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.

To learn more please visit our website at www.treeswaterpeople.org.

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7 thoughts on “About Us”

  1. I think you people are doing great work. The world needs more real projects that get sustainable development work done at the community and family level!!

  2. While there’s a lot of talk about sustainability, it’s so refreshing to see that your organization WALKs the talk. “Those that say ‘it cannot be done’ shouldn’t interfere with those who are doing it”. Hat’s off TWP!!!

  3. After watching “The Years of Living Dangerously” at thinkprogress. org, the Showtime program point out that deforestation is one of the larger factors in climate problems. It’s surprising that reforestation isn’t pushed much more strongly. Thanks.

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