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What is World Tree?

Posted by Vanderbilt Financial Group on 9/18/20 3:02 PM

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If you had the opportunity to fight climate change, inequality and poverty all at once, would you take it?

What if that opportunity also included the potential for profit?

If you think that sounds too good to be true, it’s time for you to meet World Tree and their Eco-Tree program.

World Tree

World Tree was founded by Wendy Burton in 2015 as a way to promote the benefits of the Paulownia tree, also known as the Empress Splendor tree. This particular tree boasts some very impressive stats: it’s the world’s fastest growing hardwood tree, matures in only 10 years, and can regenerate up to 7 times after harvest. The Empress tree is also non-invasive and produces some of the lightest hardwood lumber.

World Tree’s objective is to use the Empress Splendor tree to meet the growing global demand for timber in a more sustainable way. The World Tree Eco-Tree Program unites investors and farmers in making an environmental and economic impact on the world. Here’s how:

The World Tree Eco-Tree Program

World Tree grows the Empress tree with our network of farmers in North and Latin America. The farmers provide the land, labor and care of the trees, with World Tree’s guidance. The Eco-Tree Program is funded by investors, where every $3,000 invested allows World Tree to plant 1 acre of trees (about 100 trees).

After approximately 10 years, World Tree harvests these trees and sells the lumber. The profits of the sales are then split 3 ways, with 25% going to World Tree, 25% going to the investor and 50% going to the farmers.

Over 100 farmers and 1000 investors have joined the Eco-Tree Program since its inception.

Making an Impact

An investment in World Tree impacts many different corners of the world. Here are just some of the ways you can make a difference with the World Tree Eco-Tree Program.

  • Reduce your carbon footprint. The average amount of carbon emissions generated by one person in the United States is 16 tons per year. The Empress Splendor sequesters carbon at a rapid pace, helping investors to offset their carbon footprint with only one acre of trees.
  • Support farmers. World Tree provides farmers with the Empress trees, along with training and support, at no cost to the farmers. The farmers receive 50% of any profits from the harvest. After the harvest, the trees regenerate and regrow without replanting. This provides farmers with an ongoing source of income that can last for up to 70 years.
  • Support nature. The Empress provides soil with a natural fertilizer. Additionally, its flowers provide nectar to honey bees; one acre of trees will help produce 100 jars of honey per year.
Getting Involved

If you are interested in joining World Tree in fighting climate change and creating a legacy, visit Vanderbilt.Eco to contact a Financial Advisor.


This is neither an offer to sell, nor a solicitation to buy, a security, which can be made only by the prospective investors if it is preceded or accompanied by the Offering Circular, which contains various and important risk disclosures. This material does not purport to be complete and should be read in conjunction with the Offering Circular. All potential investors must read the Offering Circular and no person may invest without acknowledging that they have received, read, and fully understand the Offering Circular. The Offering Circular can be read at 

Topics: Impact Investing, sustainability, Investment, climate change, climate week, world tree

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