Trees Water & People

Trees, Water & People is committed to improving people's lives by helping communities to protect, conserve and manage the natural resources upon which their long-term well-being depends. We believe that natural resources are best protected when local people play an active role in their care and management.
Mar 13, 2012

Don't miss your chance to give on GlobalGiving's Bonus Day!

Eva Stokely inspects her new solar air heater
Eva Stokely inspects her new solar air heater

Please help us reach our goal of donating 10 solar heaters to Lakota Families and make a donation on GlobalGiving's Bonus Day - March 14, 2012! Each of our heaters bring free, clean heat to Native American families in need, and they reduce the use of fossil fuels while stimulating tribal economies.

There are a lot of exciting new developments from Trees, Water & People's Tribal Renewable Energy Program that I wanted to share with you:

  1. We took our first ever trip to the Navajo Nation where we installed a demonstration solar air heater. Now, Pete and Eva Stokely are enjoying their new solar heater and saving money on their heating bills each month. We look forward to working with Navajo Green Jobs to train Diné students in how to install these solar air heating systems, so that dozens of Navajo can enjoy their own renewable energy systems.
  2. We are building the Red Cloud Training Annex at the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center to house trainees more comfortably. Now, our renewable energy trainees will have comfortable living quarters including an awesome learning space, great dormitories, and a nice kitchen and dining area.
  3. As I type this update, the beginning phases of our new Food Security Program are beginning. Henry Red Cloud and a group of student volunteers are clearing the ground where we will build our greenhouses and plant raised beds to highlight the health and environmental benefits of fresh, home-grown food. The project will also focus on the cultivation and consumption of traditional Lakota foods.
  4. The 2012 project which I’m most excited about is our Business Development Program. In response to frequent suggestions through trainee surveys, this will be the first year we offer our renewable energy trainees the option to receive Business Development Training as well. This course will be geared toward developing businesses on reservations – a very different undertaking than starting an enterprise “off reservation.” Learning from our success in helping establish Lakota Solar Enterprises, we hope that our Business Development Program will inspire the emergence of Native-owned renewable energy companies across the Great Plains.

Thank you for supporting the Tribal Renewable Energy Program one heater at a time! These simple, efficient units are the core of our Tribal Renewable Energy Program and your support makes this program a success. We hope you will take the chance to make your donation go even further and donate to our project on Wednesday, March 14th, Bonus Day!

The Stokely Family with Henry Red Cloud (right)
The Stokely Family with Henry Red Cloud (right)
Feb 23, 2012

Collaborating with the Navajo Nation

Map of the Navajo Nation
Map of the Navajo Nation

In collaboration with Navajo Green JobsGreen Awareness Day on Monday, February 28, Trees, Water & People and Lakota Solar Enterprises will travel to Shiprock, New Mexico for a demonstration solar air heater installation. This will be our first trip to the Navajo Nation, and we are very excited to bring the simple and economic technology of solar air heaters to a new tribe and a new part of the country. “It’s particularly appropriate that we will get to show the heaters off to Diné folks who are already interested in green jobs,” remarks Lacey Gaechter, TWP’s National Director, alluding to the fact that the largest part of the Trees, Water & People’s Tribal Renewable Energy Program consists of providing renewable energy trainings to Native Americans. We hope this trip will be just one of many that we make to the Four Corners area as we grow partnerships with tribes in this new region. Heaters and trainings for all!

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Dec 22, 2011

The Zanmi Pye Bwa cookstove goes to market!

Kelendy Francois, ZPB production supervisor
Kelendy Francois, ZPB production supervisor

Zanmi Pye Bwa (ZPB) cookstoves have officially entered the marketplace in Port-au-Prince, where they are being made available to consumers at a promotional price to build excitement around this innovative new product. By way of Trees, Water & People’s partnership with International Lifeline Fund, two retailers have been trained to begin marketing and selling the ZPB cookstove, and three more are currently being recruited to help seed the market.

Over the last several months, the ZPB stove has been demonstrated around the Port-au-Prince metropolitan area to stimulate demand for this important technology.  Apart from posters, banners, and pamphlets, a radio ad promoting the stove and its benefits has been launched in the capital, and special events are held to generate business for the retail vendors.  These steps are crucial to establishing a sustainable relationship between producers and consumers of the cookstoves over the long-term. 

As demand grows, we will continue to raise funds to increase the productive capacity of our teams, and to extend distribution of ZPB products throughout the city.  Feedback from both users of the stoves and partners has been overwhelmingly positive, and encourages us to continue providing quality products and services, raising the bar for efficiency, job creation and income generation in the Haitian cookstove market. 

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