Trees, Water & People
(TWP) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded
by Stuart Conway and Richard Fox in 1998, in Fort Collins, Colorado with
the mission to improve people’s lives by helping communities to
protect, conserve and manage the natural resources upon which their
long-term well-being depends.
• Nationally, TWP is actively involved with helping to improve the lives of Native American
families living in tribal communities of the Great Plains and beyond. During
the long and harsh winters, Native Americans commonly
spend more than half of their income on exorbitant utility bills.
Together, with our partner, Lakota Solar Enterprises, we have built over 850 economic
solar heating systems, saving tribal families 20-30% on their monthly
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 home sites for more than 160 additional
families, further lowering heating costs and associated emissions by
acting as an important wind block 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 20 community-led tree
nurseries that produce over 350,000 trees annually to aid in reforestation
efforts, planting over 5.3 million trees to date. In addition, we have built more than 63,000
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 smoke is vented to the outside of
the home, these improved cookstoves also decrease indoor air pollution,
which is responsible for the death of 4.2 million people, mostly women and children,
globally every year.