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

 

Collaboration with CO2 Bambu will Bring Clean Cookstoves to Nicaraguan Families

CO2 Bambu, a Nicaragua-based for-profit enterprise, designs, manufactures and field assembles pre-fabricated ecological structures for shelters, homes and community buildings.  Trees, Water & People (TWP) and CO2 Bambu are now collaborating on reforestation and fuel-efficient cookstove projects.  This partnership blends CO2 Bambu’s triple bottom-line approach (social impact, environmental improvement, and financial stability) with TWP’s mission to help communities sustainably manage the precious natural resources that their long-term well-being depends on.

A CO2 Bambu tree nursery in Nicaragua houses thousands of seedlings.

In La Rosita, Nicaragua, a tree nursery is now up and CO2 Bambu is looking to plant trees in river communities that utilize available flood plain land alongside the natural groves existing on the riverbanks.  Seed collecting activities to augment the existing 3,000 plant nursery will take place between April and June of this year.  Planting the seedlings in the field will begin in May and go through July as weather permits.

CO2 Bambu offers eco-solutions for construction and low-cost housing.

Co2 Bambu and TWP are also collaborating to provide 18 “Emelda” fuel-efficient cookstoves to the community of El Cocal where CO2 Bambu has built bamboo houses that need efficient wood cooking stoves. The project is in the works with PROLEÑA/TWP  in Managua to provide training, stove parts and a field supervisor.  The building of these cookstoves will begin in June 2011.

Families can benefit greatly from clean cookstoves, which reduce deforestation, fuelwood costs, and indoor air pollution.

We are really excited to be working with such a progressive company and look forward to continuing this partnership well into the future!

For more information on CO2 Bambu please visit their website: http://co2bambu.com


Happy World Water Day 2011!

Happy World Water Day! Today, and in many cases everyday, people around the world are working to bring attention to the importance of fresh water, the key to our survival, as well as advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.

Planting trees directly contributes to the long-term health of a communities watershed.

At Trees, Water & People, we work to maintain watershed health by planting thousands of trees in Central America and Haiti each year.  We are dedicated to helping communities sustainably manage the natural resources upon which their long-term well-being depends.

From the official Word Water Day website:

This is the first time in human history that most of the world’s population live in cities: 3.3 billion people …and the urban landscape continues to grow.

38% of the growth is represented by expanding slums, while the city populations are increasing faster than city infrastructure can adapt.

The objective of World Water Day 2011 is to focus international attention on the impact of rapid urban population growth, industrialization and uncertainties caused by climate change, conflicts and natural disasters on urban water systems.

This year theme, Water for cities: responding to the urban challenge, aims to spotlight and encourage governments, organizations, communities, and individuals to actively engage in addressing the challenges of urban water management.

Travel With Purpose: Join us for the 2011 EcoTour to Honduras

A participant on the 2010 EcoTour helps plants trees in a local community.

Join Trees, Water & People for a service learning and cultural work tour to beautiful Honduras.  From August 6th-17th, we will be taking participants to the communities where we work, helping to plant trees and build clean cookstoves.  In addition, guests will visit the Mayan Ruins at Copan.  This is a great opportunity to practice your Spanish, build your resume, and connect with local communities.  The trip is designed so that each participant offsets their entire travel CO2 footprint through the reforestation and cookstove projects completed during the trip!

TWP’s Co-founder Stuart Conway on Colorado Public Radio to Mark Peace Corps’ 50th

Stuart Conway stands in a Guatemalan tree nursery that he helped to start during his Peace Corps service.

Stuart Conway, TWP’s Co-founder, shares his Peace Corps experience in Guatemala and how it inspired him to start Trees, Water & People in 1998.

From Colorado Public Radio:

“This month the Peace Corps marks its 50th anniversary. We hear from three Coloradans who say it changed their lives. University of Colorado journalism graduate Josh Boissevain currently volunteers in Moldova. Former state Democratic party chair Pat Waak served in Brazil from 1966 to 1968. Stuart Conway volunteered in Guatemala from 1984 to 1987. He runs the Fort Collins-based non-profit Trees, Water and People. They talk with Colorado Public Radio’s Sadie Babits.”

Listen to the show here: Coloradans Mark Peace Corps’ 50th.

TWP and Project Seven Partnering to Plant Trees in Central America

We are excited to announce our new partnership with Project 7, a consumer goods company passionate about social change and dedicated to addressing the seven most critical areas of need in the world today, as determined by Project 7 – Teach them Well, Feed the Hungry, Heal the Sick, Quench the Thirsty, Hope for Peace, House the Homeless, and Save the Planet.  The company’s goal is to bring to market everyday products – the first of which is bottled water – that consumers can easily purchase in order to effect change across the seven areas of critical need.

Project 7 supports Trees, Water & People’s reforestation projects in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras through their “Save the Earth” products.  With the companies’ support, we will be planting  over 19,000 fruit trees between May and October of 2011, including mango, orange and lime trees.  To purchase Product 7 merchandise please visit their online store or find a retailer!

To learn more about Project 7 please visit their website: www.project7.com.

The layers of this Salvadorian nursery come alive, from seedlings to trees ready to be planted.

May the forest be with you!

Yann Arthus-Bertrand was appointed by the United Nations to produce the official film for the International Year of Forests.

Following the success of Home, which was seen by 400 million people, the photographer began producing a short 7-minute film on forests made up of aerial images from Home and the Vu du Ciel television programmes.

Learn more about the International Year of Forests at http://www.un.org/en/events/iyof2011/ .

Trees, Water & People has planted over 4 million trees since 1998.  Help us continue our efforts in Central America, Haiti, and on Native American reservation in the U.S.

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.

GreenAnswers and TWP’s Partnership in Pictures

We are proud to partner with GreenAnswers.com, a free question and answer site where anyone can ask, answer and learn about environmental issues.  For every person that signs up on GreenAnswers, TWP plants a tree.  Every time a person answers 5 questions on the site, we plant another tree!  It is that easy.  To date, this partnership has helped to fund the planting of 18,594 trees in El Salvador.  Take a look at a slideshow of our reforestation efforts in Central America.

Tis’ the Season for Giving: Facebook Causes “Holiday Wish” is Here!

Start a holiday wish to benefit Trees, Water & People’s Facebook Causes!

Are you passionate about tribal lands renewable energy, reforestation in Latin America, or clean cookstoves in Haiti?

You can donate your holiday wish to any one of TWP’s Facebook Causes, and help us bring light to people’s lives this holiday season.  Visit one of our causes below or click here to help us fundraise!

Trees, Water & People’s Causes: