Dear Trees, Water & People,

I hope this note finds you well. I am a Peace Corps Volunteer in
Metapan, the most northwestern region of El Salvador. I have seen your
projects first hand in other parts of the country, and have been
completely blown away. The effect they have on the local communities is
outstanding and impressive.

I am writing to you to find out how I can become involved in these
projects. In my area, reforestation projects and stove projects would
be ideal. I would love to have more information on these projects and
if there would be any opportunity to bring them to Metapan. It would
be really ideal because there are 8 Peace Corps volunteers in the
area, all of who could help organize, facilitate, and sustain these
projects.

Thank you so much and I look forward to hearing from you!

Emily Clyne
Voluntaria Cuerpo de Paz
Santa Rita, Metapan
El Salvador

TREES, WATER & PEOPLE HAS BEEN SHORT LISTED FOR THE RIO TINTO PRIZE FOR SUSTAINABILITY

Trees, Water & People (TWP) is among ten organizations that have been short listed for the prestigious U.S. one million dollar Rio Tinto Prize for Sustainability. The global Rio Tinto Prize for Sustainability is available to all not-for-profit non-governmental organizations who demonstrate that they are working to advance the goals of economic, environmental and social sustainability.

According to David Anderson, Chairman of the Adjudication Panel, “We believe we have ten short listed organizations which highlight the diversity and depth of talent, initiative and skills existing in the not-for-profit sector.” Short listed organizations represent a diversity of work being done locally to contribute towards global sustainable development.

Winning the Rio Tinto prize will enable TWP to significantly expand its international sustainability efforts which will ultimately benefit a greater segment of the poor population in Central America and Haiti. With the prize money, TWP could purchase additional equipment and supplies for its new stove factory in Honduras; expand its Forest Replacement Associations (FRAs) and fuel-efficient stove project in Nicaragua; build a stove factory and establish more tree nurseries in Haiti; and certify our carbon offsets to produce sustainable program revenue.

TWP Celebrates 10th Birthday on Earth Day

For the last 10 years, every day has been Earth Day for one organization in Fort Collins. So fittingly on April 22nd, Trees, Water & People will celebrate its 10th birthday on the same day as the global environmental observance known as Earth Day.

Co-founders Stuart Conway and Richard Fox began Trees, Water & People (TWP) with the mission to improve people’s lives by helping them to conserve, protect, and manage the natural resources upon which their long term well-being depends. Together with the help of a dedicated staff and Board of Directors, Conway and Fox have delivered impressive results with no sign of slowing down anytime soon.

Internationally, TWP has built 25,000 fuel-efficient cook stoves throughout Central America and Haiti, preventing more than 175,000 tons of carbon dioxide from being released into our atmosphere. Compared to traditional open fire stoves, the improved stove uses 70% less wood, vents 90% of the toxic smoke out of the home, and reduces carbon emissions by a minimum of 1 metric ton per year. In 2005, TWP’s fuel-efficient stove project won the prestigious Ashden Award for Sustainable Energy presented in London by HRH Prince Charles. Other work in Central America includes the planting of more than 2 million trees and the creation of 7 tree nurseries to aid in reforestation efforts.

Work with Native American families on Tribal lands has also been a focus of TWP. They have installed more than 200 efficient solar heating systems on the Pine Ridge and Rosebud Reservations in South Dakota as part of their Tribal Lands Program. The solar heaters warm homes during frigid winter months while reducing energy bills by 20-30% for 2-3 decades. In 2007, TWP helped establish Lakota Solar Enterprises; one of the first and only 100% Native American owned and operated renewable energy businesses. In addition, TWP has conducted nearly 30 renewable energy workshops and demonstration installations on 10 reservations across the Great Plains.

On the regional level, TWP provides training and organizational support for watershed protection groups. With a focus on leadership development and fundraising, they offer workshops, individual training, staff evaluations, capacity building, and outreach assistance to the grassroots organizations working to preserve the quality and quantity of the water in the arid West.

This spring, TWP’s local Clean Energy Program will unveil its new SunMobile. This innovative traveling education tool will travel to Northern Colorado schools and community events educating students and residents about clean, renewable energy. The Clean Energy Program is also busy helping to install a 10kW photovoltaic system on the new Bethke Elementary as part of our “Renewables on Schools” initiative. This unit will provide about 10% of the building’s power during the school year and all of it during the summer months.

Over the past 10 years, Trees, Water & People has accomplished great things and looks forward to continuing their commitment to living every day like it’s Earth Day

Here are some numbers from the last ten years:

2,000,000 trees planted
+175,000 tons of carbon offset by fuel-efficient stoves
+115,000 people with reduced indoor air pollution
+25,000 fuel-efficient stoves built
+850 natural wind-breaks & shade trees planted
+202 watershed protection groups assisted
+200 solar heating systems installed
+175 local tree plantings organized
+97 watershed protection trainings hosted
+28 renewable energy workshops hosted
+10 tribal lands with renewable energy applications installed
+8 successful annual fundraising events
+7 international tree nurseries established
+3 outdoor science classrooms created with the City of Fort Collins
+1 SunMobile – traveling energy education for Northern Colorado

= One Organization Working For A Sustainable Future