Benefit Concert for Tribal Lands Renewable Energy

Please join us for an afternoon of bluegrass with local band Chainstation to raise funds for renewable energy on tribal lands throughout the Great Plains. Longmont-based Bella Energy is sponsoring this event to support Trees, Water & People, a Fort Collins nonprofit that distributes clean, cost-saving renewable energy to people on the poorest reservation in the country. Meet Henry Red Cloud, founder of Lakota Solar Enterprises – a native owned and operated solar energy company on the Pine Ridge Reservation and partner of Trees, Water & People.

Suggested $5 donation to attend. Thanks to Bella Energy, all proceeds directly benefit Trees, Water & People and Native Americans throughout the Great Plains.

TWP Goes Platinum in the Climate Wise Program

TWP has been a member of the City of Fort Collins Climate Wise Program since 2007.  Now, in 2011, we have reached the highest level within the program: Platinum Partner!

Through environmental assessments and creative solutions, the Climate Wise Team helps businesses tackle modern-day business challenges that impact bottom lines and the quality of life in Fort Collins.  To date, the voluntary program has over 200 business partners.  Climate Wise staff work with these local partners to implement energy, water, transportation and waste reduction programs, saving each business money while, at the same time, greatly improving our local environment.

Trees, Water & People’s 2010 Accomplishments:

  • Planted 805,093 trees = 161,000 tons of CO2
  • Built 7,909 clean cookstoves = 59,318 tons of CO2
  • Replaced 6 T-12 light bulbs with efficient T-8 bulbs
  • Installed locking outdoor mailbox so that we could seal off the draft from our mail slot
  • Saved 1,560 gallons of water a year by installing two low flow toilets
  • Installed compost bins beneath all of our paper towel dispensers
  • Relocated our bike rack to front, covered porch for safety, convenience, and to promote bike commuting


Zion I and the Grouch Concert to Benefit TWP

"Anyone changing other peoples lives for the better is a hero to me." (The Grouch)

This Thursday night, March 31st, Zion I and the Grouch will be performing at The Aggie Theater in Fort Collins, CO.  Join us there for a great night of music, with a portion of the ticket sales going to benefit our mission: improving people’s lives by helping communities to protect, conserve and manage their most important natural resources.

From the campaign and tour docket:

“The ‘Heroes in the Healing of the Nation’ tour will be an original fusion of music, outreach, community education and activism for the modern era. Starting March 17th the famed duo of Zion I and the Grouch will be starting their nationwide tour and releasing their new album, both focused around supporting people through these rough times by collaboration between fans, local community organizations and musicians. Through sharing of resources we can not only spread positive music but support local organizations through promotion and fundraising. This combination of conscious hip hop with visible action towards social progress will reach the minds and hearts of the thousands of fans these legendary artists have earned over their successful musical careers.”

Thanks to Zion I and the Grouch for their social advocacy and efforts to partner with local nonprofit organizations! We truly appreciate your support through music.

Click here to buy your tickets today.

“Rhythms for the Planet” fundraiser quickly approaching!

This year, we have reinvented our annual fundraiser. Rhythms for the Planet will integrate the educational and cultural components of TWP’s National and International Programs into fun and feasting!  By attending, guests will directly support all of TWP’s projects including bringing renewable energy to Native Americans living on reservations, providing fuel-efficient cookstoves to families in Central America and Haiti, and planting trees in areas devastated by deforestation.

Tickets available at the door!

Thank you to our sponsors who have helped make this event possible.

Help Us Win $5,000 Toward Our Mission!

Trees, Water & People needs your help! We have an opportunity to win the $5,000 prize from GuideStar USA, Inc., the leading source of nonprofit information, and KIMBIA, a group that empowers nonprofits and other organizations to increase giving, through their Winter 2011 GuideStar-KIMBIA Nonprofit Giveaway.  GuideStar_logo

Anyone with firsthand knowledge about Trees, Water & People who is not a paid employee—donors, volunteers, board members, recipients of our services—can write a review about us on GuideStar. Your review will appear on our profile on both GuideStar and GreatNonprofits, GuideStar’s partner that makes it possible to write and post reviews. There is no charge for writing a review, but you are limited to posting only one review for our organization.

The nonprofit organization that receives the most reviews by February 28th will win the $5,000 prize!

To write a review, please visit: For more information, see the official rules at The contest begins on February 1, 2011, and ends at 11:59 p.m. EDT, February 28, 2011.

Thank you for your support!

Join TWP at the 11th Annual Sustainable Living Fair

Join us at the 11th Annual Sustainable Living Fair on September 18th & 19th at Legacy Park in Fort Collins, Colorado!

The  Sustainable Living Fair offers a weekend of solution-based, interactive, family oriented events designed to educate people of all ages and backgrounds about: renewable energy, green building, natural health, social responsibility, and local economies.

Keynote Speakers include:
Saturday, September 18th at 12:00pm
Jeff Mapes, Author of Pedaling Revolution
Saturday, September 18th at 2:00pm
Heather C. Flores, Author of Food Not Lawns
Sunday, September 19th 12:00pm
Andrew Harvey, Founder of Institute for Sacred Activism
Sunday, September 19th 2:00pm
Doug Fine, Author of Farewell My Subaru

Please visit for more information on this wonderful event.

Volunteers Needed: Help Build the Spring Creek Wetland and Riparian Demonstration Site

Come join Wildlands Restoration Volunteers and Trees, Water & People on August 21 to build a riparian and wetland demonstration garden and an interpretive trail that will showcase Colorado’s diverse riparian and wetland plants, including golden currant, chokecherry, peachleaf willow, and porcupine sedge.  This demonstration site will provide educational opportunities for adults and youth for years to come.

Volunteers will have an opportunity to plant wetland plants, build an educational boardwalk, or help build the accessible interpretive trail.

This is a great opportunity to learn about riparian and wetland ecology, and experience the wonderful Gardens on Spring Creek.

To sign-up, click here or contact Lacey Gaechter at (970) 484-3678 or by email at

Since 2009, Trees, Water & People has partnered with the Wildlands Restoration Volunteers to restore and preserve natural areas in and around Fort Collins. The Spring Creek Wetland and Riparian Demonstration Site project is our most exciting joint venture yet, and TWP is thrilled to launch this project right in the heart of Fort Collins.

Enjoy TWP’s Spring 2010 Newsletter!