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Causes: Environment, Environmental Education, Pollution Abatement & Control, Water, Water Resources, Wetlands Conservation & Management

Mission: Butte Environmental Council (BEC) is a 501(c)(3) organization that was founded in 1976 as a cooperative with

representatives from five environmental groups. Since its inception, BEC has been the principal voice for education, sustainable development, healthy watersheds, and the preservation of open space and agricultural lands in the northern Sacramento Valley. BEC's first major contribution to Butte County came with creation of a multi-use recycling service in 1977. The organization's activities soon expanded to include cultivating grassroots momentum to facilitate ecosystem preservation, natural resource protection and restoration, and compact human communities.

Target demographics: protect and defend the land, air and water of Butte County and its surrounding regions

Direct beneficiaries per year: 45 schools in Butte County implement and maintain recycling & composting bins, and conducted oil recycling workshops to Shop Classes throughout the county, just to name a few!

Geographic areas served: Butte County, CA

Programs: community gardens, recycling and rubbish education (RARE), drought response activities, festivals promoting endangered species awareness and sustainable living, and more!

Community Stories

12 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Corinne6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

After college I didn't want to move to get a job because of my son's schooling. Being an intern at Butte Environmental Council has allowed me to be able to broaden my skills and find jobs closer to home. I am very thankful to be an intern here with such nice and professional people. I will never forget my intern experience, I love the Earth, and protecting it is top priority for me.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

For over 40 years, BEC has been the trusted, consistent voice representing environmental interests on behalf of the residents of Butte County. BEC is the kind of organization I feel good supporting because the staff and board have the tools to educate and advocate while maintaining productive relationships and a long-term view for conserving air, water, and soil in our community.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

BEC is a truly amazing organization that is a staple in the Chico and general Butte County communities. Without BEC, Chico's urban forest would be severely depleted, classrooms would not have had a recycling education program in K-12 schools for 15 years, our watersheds would be underrepresented, creeks would be littered to an unimaginable degree and children would not have the opportunity to learn about local endangered species every year at the Endangered Species Faire. I strongly feel that without BEC, our community would be at a loss. BEC is a leader for sustainability in our community

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Interning for BEC has been an empowering and incredible experience, showing me what it truly feels like to be part of a strong team of inspired individuals that are actively making a difference in our community.

1 Guillermo M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

BEC is a positive force for environmental stewardship in in Butte County. They do this with a dedicated team of like-minded, change oriented people, who get things done without getting in the way.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

I am a donor and supporter of BEC because of the strong impact they have had for decades to protect the beautiful places I love in Butte County, as well as the air we breathe, and the water we drink. The strong team at this organization is always there to speak up for the benefit of future generations when it comes to Butte County decisions on development, water and air quality, and the protection of green spaces, and more importantly, they work to teach community members how to speak up for ourselves, and get involved in the decision making process!

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The amazing staff are always there to greet you with a smile, and help you find the best answer to any question. A true community resource. I love BEC!

2 Kevin158

Board Member

Rating: 5

Butte Environmental Council is an amazing organization, and a strong hub for all environmental work in northern California. This group has been around 41 years, and is getting ever stronger.

2 Gemini J.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Butte Environmental Council is an incredible organization that has done a lot for my community over 40 years. With meager resources, they've been able to protect our groundwater, keep pollutants out of our watershed, educate our youth and bind Butte County citizens closer with their local environment. I feel truly blessed to live in a community where we have a great people doing great work for Mother Earth.

3 Seth6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

BEC Community Gardens is a great way for local people without land can grow and eat their own healthy organic food. It also serves as a vessel to "build community" within the environmental movement in Butte County.