Awards and Honors

We are honored to have received the following awards for our national and international natural resource conservation work:

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The Purpose Prize 2013 Fellow

The Purpose Prize

Congratulations to our fearless leader and co-founder, Richard Fox, for being chosen as a 2013 Purpose Prize® Fellow!

"With my encore career, I am providing Native Americans access to sustainable technology that improves their quality of life while respecting Mother Earth.”

The Purpose Prize®, now in its eighth year, is the nation's only large-scale investment in people over 60 who are combining their passion and experience for social good. The Prize awards $100,000 to at least one individual in his or her encore career creating new ways to solve tough social problems.

The prize was created in 2005 by (formerly Civic Ventures), with funding from the John Templeton Foundation and The Atlantic Philanthropies to showcase the value of experience and disprove notions that innovation is the sole province of the young. It’s for those with the passion to make change and the experience to know how to do it.

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2013 Energy Globe Award

Energy Globe Award

In June of 2013, Trees, Water & People was selected for the Energy Globe National Award for our clean energy project in Honduras. One of today’s most prestigious environmental awards, it is presented annually to projects focusing on energy efficiency, renewable energy, and resource conservation.

TWP’s project, "Clean Energy for Central America: Providing Solar Technology to Last Mile Communities", is a partnership with Honduran non-governmental organization Asociación Hondureña para el Desarrollo (AHDESA), to create a market in Honduras for life-changing solar energy products that provide solar lighting to rural families without access to electricity. These products save families money by reducing fossil fuel consumption, while decreasing deadly indoor air pollution and lowering hazardous greenhouse gas emissions.

2010 Sargent Shriver Award for Distinguished Humanitarian Service

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Stuart Conway, Co-founder and Board Member of Trees, Water & People, was presented with the 2010 Sargent Shriver Award for Distinguished Humanitarian Service in Washington, D.C. The prestigious award was presented by the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA), the nation's leading nonprofit organization supporting Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCV) and the Peace Corps community. Conway is a proud RPCV who served in Guatemala for three years as an Extension Agent and Trainer for the Conservation of Natural Resources Program and has continued his work in protecting the world's forests with TWP.

2009-10 United Nations Environmental Programme Sasakawa Prize

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Trees, Water & People was honored by the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) with the 2009-10 Sasakawa Prize for our work collaborating with local non-governmental organizations to distribute clean cookstoves to communities in Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Haiti. TWP shared the prize with Nuru Design, a company bringing rechargeable lights to villages in Rwanda, Kenya, and India.

The UNEP Sasakawa Prize, worth $200,000 USD, is presented each year to sustainable and replicable grassroots projects around the planet. The winners received the prestigious Sasakawa Prize at an award ceremony in Bali on February 23, 2010, attended by dozens of Environment Ministers during the 11th Special Session of the UNEP Governing Council.

2008 Rio Tinto Prize for Sustainability

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In 2008, Trees, Water & People was the winner of the $1 million Rio Tinto Prize for Sustainability. Co-founder and Board Member, Stuart Conway, accepted the Prize at the 2009 International Economic Forum of the Americas (Conference de Montreal) in Montreal on June 9, 2009.

The Rio Tinto Prize for Sustainability was designed to recognize and reward not-for-profit, civil society, and non-governmental organizations who have made significant contributions to the goals of economic, environmental, and social sustainability.

2005 Ashden Award for Sustainable Energy

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The Ashden Awards champion practical, local energy solutions that cut carbon, protect the environment, reduce poverty, and improve people's lives. Since they were set up in 2001, the Ashden Awards have helped more than 130 innovative projects develop their work. Today, the Awards are an internationally recognized yardstick for excellence in the field of sustainable energy. To help their winners, the Ashden Awards gives cash prizes, presented at an Awards ceremony in London every June.

In 2005, Trees, Water & People and our partner organization AHDESA (The Honduran Association for Development) won this prestigious award, often referred to as "the green Oscar," for their micro-enterprise stove project in Honduras. The award, made through Climate Care Ltd., provided funding for various activities of the stove project, including seed capital for stove construction, the micro-credit fund, training, and marketing.

Trees, Water & People's co-founder, Stuart Conway, shakes hands with Prince Charles at the Ashden Award for Sustainable Energy Ceremony

Trees, Water & People's co-founder, Stuart Conway,
shakes hands with Prince Charles at the Ashden Awards for
Sustainable Energy Ceremony.

2000 E-Chievement Award

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The E-Chievement Award was presented to Trees, Water & People in 2000 for our work in sustainable community-based development by the national radio broadcast eTown and Whole Foods Market. Listeners from around the country send in tales of remarkable individuals who are working hard to make a positive difference in their communities and beyond. From massive river clean-ups to programs that help the homeless, from neighborhood environmental activists to national social and environmental organizations, eTown takes pride in celebrating the success stories of ordinary citizens accomplishing extraordinary things. Since 1991, eTown has presented hundreds of E-Chievement Awards with documented, positive results.

Climate Wise Platinum Partner

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Climate Wise is a free, voluntary City of Fort Collins program that is dedicated to helping local business and the environment. Through environmental assessments and creative solutions, the City of Fort Collins Climate Wise Team helps organizations tackle modern-day business challenges that impact bottom lines and the quality of life in Fort Collins. The goal of the Climate Wise program is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by promoting waste reduction, energy savings, alternative transportation, water conservation, and practicing pollution prevention.

Trees, Water & People has been a partner with Climate Wise since 2007 by taking greenhouse gas reduction measures in our office including a composting program, sponsoring Bike to Work Days, and reducing our office electricity use. TWP was proud to be recognized for reaching Platinum Partner status by the city of Fort Collins in their yearly publication.