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Today, we are celebrating Earth Day and TWP's 16th Birthday! Our work is not possible without the many generous friends and donors who give to our programs. Thank you for all your support over the years. Have a wonderful Earth Day! #environment   #EarthDay  
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What wisdom and beauty in their eyes!

These photos by Darren Mahuron/ Summit Studios are part of our "Illuminating Opportunity" photo exhibit, which will be returning back to Colorado soon from an extended stay in some Washington D.C. galleries.

The exhibit highlights Trees, Water & People and Lucierñaga's work bringing #solar energy to rural areas of Honduras. In the coming weeks we will be posting the entire photo exhibit online, so stay tuned!

(Photo credits: Darren Mahuron 2013)
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Today, our friend and partner Henry Red Cloud is being honored as a "Champion of Change" at the White House!

Watch the live stream of the "White House Solar Summit and Champions of Change" and see Henry talk about his contributions to the solar industry. #WHChamps #ActOnClimate 

Solar Warriors at the White House!

http://www.whitehouse.gov/live/white-house-solar-summit-and-champions-change
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Join us for a volunteer trip to Pine Ridge, headquarters of our Tribal Renewable Energy Program and home of the Oglala Lakota Tribe!

When: May 1-4, 2014
Where: Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center, Pine Ridge, SD
Why: To continue our work on three straw bale homes and a new compressed earth block building. A great volunteer and learning experience!

#PineRidge #volunteer #sustainability 
Take this opportunity to travel to Trees, Water & People’s Tribal Renewable Energy Program headquarters on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. A trip to Pine Ridge, home of the Oglala L...
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We're excited to join the Wanderlust Festival's "Greening Team" this year! We will be providing travel carbon offsets to attendees as well as offsetting the production of each festival event.

Learn more about Wanderlust's efforts to create a greener festival: http://aspensnowmass.wanderlustfestival.com/experience/greening
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"The Solar Market Pathways program will support leaders and the state, local and tribal levels to crush policy and market barriers, according to the White House. A large focus will be community solar programs and local financing mechanisms, like commercial property assessed clean energy (PACE)." #solarenergy  #actonclimate   #WHChamps  
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“Last year, more than $1 million was spent on propane and electricity to keep our members warm. We can take that money and turn it around, start some businesses.” - Henry Red Cloud

http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2014/04/17/white-house-honors-solar-energy-visionary-henry-red-cloud-champion-change-154492

#WHChamps   #solarenergy   #ActOnClimate   #tribalenergy  
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Our social enterprise, Luciérnaga, has started distributing solar lights in the Moskitia, considered the "last frontier" of #Honduras. The first shipment of lights will be sent to Wampusirpi, an indigenous community with 300 families who do not have access to electricity. Power to the people!

   #solar  #cleanenergy
Since 2012, Luciérnaga has been distributing household solar lighting and cell phone charging technologies to off-grid communities in Honduras with the help of our long-time local partners,  Asocia...
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#‎ThrowbackThursday‬ to 2007 during a community tree planting day in Cerro La Hoya, El Salvador.

What a beautiful group of people! There is a reason we have "People" in our name. We could not do our work without the dedication of community members who care deeply for their local environment.
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"Until the roles, interests, needs, and desires of men and women are equally valued and equally influence policies and practices, we will be attempting to save the planet with only half the sky."
Half of the world’s farmers are women, but women only own about one percent of the world’s land. Similarly, women make up nearly 50 percent of the global fisheries workforce, but in most countries have little to no say in how fisheries are managed. These statistics are indicative of a more general trend: women’s interests and roles are seldom seriously considered in the design and implementation of rural development and conservation initiatives.
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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 on the reservations 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 reservation-based 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 350,000 trees annually to aid in reforestation efforts, planting over 4.6 million trees to date. In addition, we have built more than 58,000 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 million people, mostly women and children, globally every year.