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

 

We are Proud to Partner with Green Ride Colorado!

We have partnered with Green Ride Colorado, a Fort Collins-based transportation company, to offer carbon offsetting services to their passengers.  Through this new partnership, Green Ride customers can directly contribute to TWP’s reforestation programs in Central America and Haiti, while reducing their personal carbon footprint and providing the gift of nutrition and food security to communities in need.

For every Green Ride reservation made through the Trees, Water & People reservation portal (http://greenrideco.hudsonltd.net/res?USERIDENTRY=TREES&LOGON=GO), one fruit tree or Moringa tree will be planted in either Central America or Haiti.  Green Ride customers also have the option to donate as many as five trees for every reservation they make, providing a simple and innovative way for each passenger to make their travel even more environmentally friendly.

Ray Schofield and Bob Flynn, the founders and owners of Green Ride Colorado shared this statement:

“It is great to work with Trees, Water & People, an organization with great character and principles, and to offer Green Ride customers another way to make the world a better place to live.”

About Green Ride Colorado

Green Ride is a locally owned and operated transportation company, based in Fort Collins, Colorado, that provides convenient and affordable shuttle service between Laramie, Cheyenne, Fort Collins and Denver International Airport. Green Ride provides convenient, sustainable transportation services for Northern Colorado with friendly Green Team Members, advanced technology and an environmentally friendly operational model.  To learn more please visit http://www.greenrideco.com.

Planting for a better future in Haiti.

Helping Guests of Jam Cruise 2011 Become “Conscious Cruisers”

Staff from our international team will be departing soon for Jam Cruise 2011, where they are part of the greening team.  The green team strives to learn and take action on all of the opportunities and challenges inherent in greening this magical musical adventure, working from the inside out to help green this industry.

During the 5 day cruise, the Greening Headquarters becomes a hub for education, passenger participation, carbon offsetting, Positive Legacy donations, Silent Auction displays, and all out good vibes. The green team inspires passengers not only on the ship, but all throughout the year.

Trees, Water & People works with Jam Cruise to help guests become conscious cruisers by selling carbon offsets.  Jam Cruise offsets more than 2,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions though TWP’s stove program.  However, this offset does not include the emissions created by passengers traveling to and from Fort Lauderdale.  Last year, more than 600 passengers offest their carbon, making Clould 9 and the Jam Cruise passengers one of TWP’s largest carbon offset partners!


Offset Your Carbon Footprint with Trees, Water & People

Did you know the average American is responsible for generating 20 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) each year?

Our annual carbon footprint is a tally of the total number of tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) our fossil fuel burning activities release into the atmosphere throughout the year.  And, we each have one!  Heating our homes with coal-fired power plants and driving petroleum-fueled vehicles all contribute to global climate change.  However, we can reduce our carbon footprint by offsetting our home and business carbon emissions with investments in projects that remove CO2 from the atmosphere or prevent it from getting there in the first place.

Trees, Water & People’s (TWP) community-based sustainable development projects focus on protecting and expanding forests in Central America and Haiti where deforestation is running rampant.  Using forest-saving stoves, which prevent the release of 1.5 tons of CO2 per stove per year, and tree planting, TWP has the ability to offset your personal and business carbon footprints.  By supporting TWP’s stove building and reforestation projects, you can offset all or part of your yearly output of CO2.

Why offset with Trees, Water & People?

  • Since 1998, TWP has implemented programs that help to fight global climate change.  With your offset purchase, you will help save forests in Central America and improve the health of families who traditionally cook over open fires.
  • Our pricing is affordable, at only $10 per metric ton of CO2.
  • We will help you calculate your emissions for just one category or for all aspects of your life, helping you to become totally carbon neutral.
  • Your donation is tax-deductible.
  • Offsets are a great gift for clients, friends, family, and yourself.

To offset your carbon footprint, call or email us today: (970) 484-3678 or twp@treeswaterpeople.org.  For more information on our carbon offset program please visit www.treeswaterpeople.org.

Upcoming Clean Energy Education events

Our Clean Energy Education program will be involved in a couple of exciting events coming up.

First is the Fire Mountain Music Festival, a two-day event August 22nd-23rd at the Mishawaka in the Poudre Canyon. It’s a music festival with green workshops, products, zero waste, and demonstrations. TWP has been invited to bring the SunMobile up for both days, and we will also have a table in the products section to highlight our carbon offsets and also have some of great items from our Sustainable Gifts catalog.

The second event is also pretty cool! At the Comedy Works in Denver, the 3 pm and a 7 pm show on Sunday, September 14 will benefit Trees, Water & People! We will be there with a table of information about our programs, and the performer will also be “passing the hat” for us too.

So come out and support us at either of these fun events!

Elizabeth

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