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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Energy Resources Conservation & Development, Environment, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection, Pollution Abatement & Control

Mission: Trees, Water & People is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works to improve people's lives by helping communities to protect, conserve and manage the natural resources upon which their long-term well-being depends.

Results: Nationally, TWP is actively involved with helping to improve the lives of Native American families living on the reservations of the Great Plains. There, where the winters are extremely long and harsh, Native Americans commonly spend more than half of their income on their exorbitant utility bills. Together with our reservation-based partner, we have built 850 economic solar heating systems, saving tribal families 20-30% on their annual heating bills, and trained more than 175 tribal members in residential and facility-scale renewable energy applications. We have also planted trees and shrubs around the home sites for more than 160 additional families, further lowering heating costs and associated emissions by acting as an important wind blocks during the frigid winter and providing much-needed shade during the sweltering summer. Internationally, TWP works extensively in Central America and Haiti. Together, with our country-based partners, we support 8 community tree nurseries that produce over 650,000 trees annually to aid in reforestation efforts, planting over 4.3 million trees to date. We have built 47,800 clean cookstoves. Each cookstove decreases a family’s need for firewood by 50-70%, as compared to standard open fire cooking, and reduces carbon emissions by at least 1.5 tons per year. When vented to the outside of the home, these improved cookstoves also decrease indoor air pollution, which is responsible for the death of 1.9 million women and children globally every year.

Target demographics: low-income, rural and peri-urban communities in Central America, Haiti and on Native American Reservations in the U.S.

Geographic areas served: Latin America and U.S. Native American Reservations

Programs: Clean Cookstoves Program, Reforestation Program, Solar Energy Program, Tribal Renewable Energy Program

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Sally77

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to do a volunteer placement with Trees, Water & People while on an extended visit to Colorado from Australia. The staff are incredibly supportive and committed, and the work they are doing is truly amazing. While I was there they were working on a campaign to get 500 clean cookstoves installed in Guatemala, which has huge benefits for human health and the local economy as well as slowing deforestation and climate change. They also work with the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center and Lakota Solar Enterprises on Pine Ridge and have recently helped a Lakota family to build a compressed earth house, complete with solar panels and a solar air heater. The solar air heating systems are manufactured at the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center, which provides jobs local people, and also trains people from other First Nations to take the technology back to their own communities.

Netta G.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Volunteers and staff of Tree's, Water, People are true examples of what it means to be "community minded". They have worked along side me in some new future projects for another Non-Profit locally and truly have done so out of the kindness of their hearts! I can honestly say that in watching their work, the contributions to conservation and natural awareness education is one of the most selfless acts of concern I have seen in a very long time! I am very proud to have them in my world!!

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a nonprofit professional, I look to TWP as a model for a thriving organization that keeps evolving viable programs and engaging more citizens. I've also joined their Eco-Tour and found it personally and professionally very rewarding.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Trees Water People is an amazing organization. I have had the pleasure of meeting many other staff members over the years and can't say enough good things about who they are and what they do. The services that they provide in the developing world are essential and hard to find in the international aid community, Especially their work with improved cook stoves.

Review from Guidestar

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Trees, Water and People is a top-notch conservation organization and a true community partner that has gone above and beyond to help our organization get off the ground in Fort Collins, Colorado. I have heard nothing but good things about TWP in the 12 years that I've known them.