Counter Culture Coffee Supports Clean Cookstoves in Honduras

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Recently, in partnership with Counter Culture Coffee, we built 86 Justa clean cookstoves into the kitchens of Café Orgánico Marcala (COMSA) producers in Marcala, La Paz, Honduras, via the technical assistance provided by La Asociación Hondureña para el Desarrollo (AHDESA). In all, 626 family members of COMSA producers in and around Marcala will benefit from cleaner indoor air, more disposable income, and will use less than half the wood required by their former cookstoves.

counter culture coffee logoTrees, Water & People would like to thank the Counter Culture Coffee team for their dedication to providing high quality coffee to those who appreciate it, while, at the same time, giving back to the communities that produce the product. Over the lifespan of these cookstoves, 645 tons of CO2 will be avoided, reducing the amount of hazardous greenhouse gases in our global atmosphere that are leading to climate change.

Corporate Partner Spotlight: Smartpress.com joins 100% Replanted Program

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Smartpress.com is taking new steps in becoming an ecologically conscious and responsible company through its partnership with Trees, Water & People (TWP) and its initiative to become 100% Replanted. Smartpress.com has made a promise to replant the equivalent amount of trees used during printing on a monthly basis starting July 1, 2012.

“Through this project we are taking our initiative to exercise environmental responsibility to the next level by making the commitment to be one of the first printing companies ever to become 100% Replanted,” says Chuck Reese, president, Smartpress.com.

Through the 100% Replanted Program trees are planted in rural communities that border protected areas of forests in El Salvador. Planting trees in Central America has several important benefits: the cost of planting is low, the trees grow quickly in the tropical climate, and the tree nurseries create jobs for local people.

About Smartpress.com
Smartpress.com is the fastest, easiest way to buy print online. The company prides itself on world-class customer service and attention to detail with a 100% outcome guarantee. The Smartpress.com advantage is providing a simple ordering process with fast turnaround at competitive prices. The company uses state-of-the-art digital presses with a wide selection of paper stocks, and the ability to deliver top-quality results in quantities as small as a single piece.  To see the wide variety of offerings and to learn more, please visit http://smartpress.com

To learn more about how you or your business can become 100% Replanted please email Megan Maiolo-Heath at megan@treeswaterpeople.org or visit www.replanttrees.org.

Notes from the Field: Partnership Brings Clean Cookstoves to Uganda

by Sebastian Africano, International Director

A woman cooks on her new clean cookstove, The Rodelle Rocket Stove, in the Bugonia District of Uganda.

In the months that followed the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, a flurry of support and interest from our Colorado community led to a promising call from Joe Basta, managing partner of a successful Fort Collins company, Rodelle Vanilla. Joe explained that his supplier of vanilla beans from Uganda, UVAN Ltd, bought his stock at above-market prices from a network of 9,000 vanilla farmers throughout the country, and that UVAN had launched a series of social programs to thank them for their loyalty. Through these programs, farmers in UVAN’s network gained access to mosquito netting, HIV/AIDS awareness and counseling, rural savings and loan programs, and trees for local reforestation. The missing link, explained Joe, was to provide these farmers and their families with a cleaner, more efficient way to cook.

During an exploratory trip to Uganda in early 2011 with Joe and his business partner Dan Berlin, I had the opportunity to visit UVAN’s vast network of farming communities, where vanilla harvests ensure a twice yearly boon in an otherwise uncertain rural existence. Homes were simple, people were extremely humble, and the challenge was presented: Could Trees, Water & People (TWP) implement a cookstove program that would help these families reduce their daily exposure to smoke and reduce the rate at which they consume firewood? The result was the Rodelle Rocket stove – a double-burner household cookstove that replaces two open fires at once, and which is currently being tested in communities throughout UVAN’s supply network.

This project serves as a great example of how private businesses and nonprofit organizations can partner to make real and lasting impacts around the world.  For more information about TWP’s Corporate Partners Program, contact Megan Maiolo-Heath, Marketing & Communications Manager, at megan@treeswaterpeople.org.

Trees, Water & People competing for new Toyota on May 27th

Trees, Water & People is one of 500 nonprofit finalists in Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good program, a major philanthropic initiative in which the automaker is giving 100 cars to 100 nonprofit organizations over the course of 100 days.  Trees, Water & People was selected as a finalist from more than 4,000 applications nationwide.

Beginning May 14, 2012, 100 Cars for Good has been profiling five finalists a day at www.100carsforgood.com.   Individual members of the public vote for which ever nonprofit they think can do the most good with a new vehicle.  The nonprofit with the most votes at the end of each day receives one of six Toyota models.  Runners-up each receive a $1,000 cash grant from Toyota.

Trees, Water & People will be up for consideration on Sunday, May 27th from 8:00 a.m. MST – 9:59 p.m. MST. To vote please visit www.100carsforgood.com.

“All of us here at Trees, Water & People are honored to have been selected as a finalist for the 100 Cars for Good Program,” said Richard Fox, Executive Director of Trees, Water & People, “But, we really can’t be successful without the support of our community. Winning this car will help us increase our impact on Tribal Lands of the United States and we hope everyone will help us to spread the word now and, of course, will make time to visit www.100carsforgood.com on Sunday, May 27th, to vote for us.”

Photo of the Week: Platinum Again!

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What a group! The ClimateWise Platinum Partners gather for a group shot at the 2012 EnvirOvation awards ceremony in Fort Collins, CO. This is Trees, Water & People's 2nd year as Platinum Partners and we look forward to many more years participating in this innovative program!

Learn more about the City of Fort Collin’s ClimateWise program at www.fcgov.com/climatewise

Environmental Offsets for Responsible Businesses

We are proud to provide businesses with quality environmental offsets that meet their company’s needs while helping both people and the environment!

To learn more please visit our website or call (970) 484-3678. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Corporate Partners Spotlight: Counter Culture Coffee Goes Carbon Neutral

by Megan Maiolo-Heath, Communications Coordinator

 

Counter Culture Coffee stands out for many reasons; it is a different kind of coffee company. They are dedicated to finding and bringing to market the most exciting, authentic, and delicious coffees in the world. Counter Culture approaches their work “with a passion for the ideal of coffee perfection, a dedication to real sustainability, and a commitment to cutting-edge education throughout the coffee chain.”

“Building a sustainable business is central to Counter Culture Coffee’s mission. We strive to be leaders in sustainable coffee and combine our commitment to buying high-quality coffee with respect for the natural environment.”

In 2009, Counter Culture Coffee started down the road of carbon neutrality by calculating the carbon footprint of Finca Mauritania’s coffee from seed to cup (read all about this journey here). They set a goal of going carbon neutral by 2015 and got to work. They enlisted Vancouver-based company, Climate Smart, to calculate their total annual emissions: 576 tonnes of greenhouse gas.

In 2011, we were excited to receive a call from Counter Culture about helping them offset their emissions through our clean cookstove projects. The idea of working directly with one of Counter Culture’s coffee cooperatives to build cookstoves was an ideal carbon offset opportunity and we were honored to help such a progressive company meet their sustainability goals.

Together, we will provide 76 COMSA Coffee Cooperative members in Marcala, La Paz, Honduras with clean cookstoves, saving these families a significant amount of money on fuelwood costs while, at the same time, greatly reducing indoor air pollution in their homes and deforestation rates in the area. Each Justa cookstove model that we build saves 1.5 tons of carbon emissions per year. Over the stove’s minimum projected lifespan of 5 years, that equates to 7.5 tons of carbon.

We look forward to working with Counter Culture Coffee well into the future and we are proud to be their offset partner, working together to meet an important carbon neutrality goal.

To learn more about Counter Culture Coffee’s sustainability programs click here.

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From fuelwood and emissions studies conducted by independent monitors, each of TWP’s Justa clean cookstoves saves 1.5 tons of carbon emissions per year.

Photo of the Week: The Two-Burner Ugandan Clean Cookstove

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This two-burner cookstove model will soon be in the homes of Ugandan vanilla farmers as part of a project between Trees, Water & People and Rodelle

Read more about the Uganda clean cookstove project here and here.

Uganda Clean Cookstove Project Improves Lives of Farmers

TWP’s Deputy International Director, Sebastian Africano, just returned from a 2 week trip to Uganda where he visited our newest clean cookstove project. This new project, funded by Rodelle, the largest vanilla importer in the United States, is bringing clean cookstoves to Ugandan vanilla farmers.

About 75% of families in Uganda cook over open wood fires and cannot afford electric or gas stoves or access to alternative fuel sources. These open wood fires create serious problems including deforestation, greenhouse gas emissions, and disease from indoor air pollution. With this project, Rodelle hopes to improve the livelihoods of the farmers that they source their vanilla from.

On this last trip, Sebastian made visits to households that received clean cookstoves in March 2011 to determine how they liked the stoves and what improvements they would like made to the stoves. In addition, he built an institutional clean cookstove for workers at UVAN, a top Ugandan exporter of vanilla. The UVAN staff were impressed by the efficiency of their new stove and how much it reduced the smoke in the building where they cook. They were so happy they built a second stove after Sebastian left!

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Corporate Partner Spotlight: Allegro Coffee

Allegro Coffee, a Colorado-based Fair Trade roaster, takes every step to be an ecologically conscious and responsible company. Since 2004, Allegro has replanted 2,447 trees with Trees, Water & People to offset over 489,500 pounds of paper used in day to day operations. We can’t thank Allegro enough for their corporate stewardship efforts; their business model offers a wonderful example of how companies can be extremely successful with a triple-bottom line: people, planet, profit!

Trees, Water & People’s 100% Replanted Program offers businesses and individuals the opportunity to replant trees to replenish paper used annually or for special events.

TWP has nurseries in Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras dedicated to our tree planting and carbon offset programs that produce over 90,000 seedlings every year which are planted in rural communities to improve family and environmental well-being.

Community members and nursery workers in El Porvenir, El Salvador send a big thank you to Allegro Coffee for their 2011 donation!

TWP is proud to partner with a socially conscious company like Allegro Coffee who shares the vision of helping communities here and abroad.

To learn more about TWP’s 100% Replanted program please contact Megan Maiolo at (970) 484-3678 or by email at megan@treeswaterpeople.org