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Butte Environmental Council, Inc.

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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 1975 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, watershed & drought education and response activities, an energy conservation program, festivals promoting endangered species awareness and sustainable living, and more!

Community Stories

27 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering/partnering with BEC for about ten years. Most recently my family and I have had the opportunity to help with the Oak Restoration Project in Upper Park. We strongly support this non-profit for being a champion for our park and greenways. Big thanks to all who volunteer with these environment saving causes. In these times of lean funding, BEC does an outstanding job of using their limited resources to make the biggest positive difference in our community. The Gonzalez Family

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Donor

Rating: 5

I support Butte Environmental Council. The educational programs are incredibly valuable, and provide participants with the knowledge and support to take ownership of creating change here in our area. We can have a positive impact on the land, air, and water right here, right now and into the future. I am proud of this incredible organization!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The BEC is such a wonderful program! I truly appreciate all the work they do for the community! Keep up the wonderful job!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Butte Environmental Council is great! All the people that are involved with this nonprofit organization are incredibly kind and dedicated to their work. You can tell that they really do want to make Chico a cleaner and safer place for all those who live here.

2 Nikki58

Volunteer

Rating: 5

BEC has impacted my local community more than any other nonprofit environmental organization BY FAR! They have hosted creek clean-ups that I have been a part of. We gathered tons and tons (literally) of trash from our creeks and disposed/recycled it. I have been a part of a leadership program that they sponsor that has helped me to become more confident in my leadership and activism roles. Being a part of that program will enable me to take leadership roles in activist opportunities in the future! Every event that benefits our community and the environment, seems to have their sponsorship! I can't say enough good things about this organization. Thank you to all involved

2 Jimmie P.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was there the first day of the Humbolt Community Garden. My son picked his own tomatoes for three years. With love I helped turn a mountain of compost more than once. With all the love of the garden, and how it turned my then fiancé into a gardener, it was only natural to get engaged and married at the H.C.G.

2 Justin65

Volunteer

Rating: 5

BEC is a great organization that benefits the Chico area in a huge variety of ways! From educating us on environmental concerns to organizing events and getting their hands dirty to clean up our parks and creeks, Butte Environmental Council is a massive asset to our community.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Butte Environmental Council has inspired action and advocacy in students, local citizens, and the community at large for over four decades. BEC is also a leader within the local Environmental Coalition.
My advocacy internship with Butte Environmental Council began my career as a water protector. I am proud to say I am a former employee, board member, and volunteer for this organization. I have benefitted from the continuous opportunities provided to the young people of our community.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

BEC's Endangered Species Faire and Annual Bidwell Park & Chico Creeks Cleanup are two amazing events that both empower and inspire community activism and educate. BEC does very important work in the community and is a great resource for community members looking to learn more about local environmental issues.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

BEC is a champion for the environment of beautiful Butte County! Their education efforts, especially the Endangered Species Faire, aims to excite the youth about saving the environment! All of the education programs are a great way to get involved.

3 Jonny S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This place is great! They put on so many events and are very involved with the community and really care for the surrounding area.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been part of BEC's park clean ups since the 80's and the Environmental Faire as well! Only the dedication of this organization had sustained these events all these years and these events are a huge educational piece of what makes Chico great!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

BEC has been around Chico for 40 years. I have been a member for six years and attend the annual Bidwell Park cleanup which is a major event for our small town. It is extremely well received in the community and well run and even fun. I also had a community garden for a couple of years as they run two large gardens in town. Finally, they are a sponsor of the annual Endangered Species Fair. I have attached some photos of this event.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer of several nonprofits I appreciate BEC's ability to successfully organize events and volunteer opportunities so volunteers have a clear understanding of what needs to get done. Every time I have volunteered at their events I've been met with smiling faces and have had a great time. BEC does great work for our community and is one of my favorite places to volunteer for!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for a number of events and they have always been fun and informative. This non-profit has a clear focus and is able to plan a wide variety of events within the community. They do great stuff.

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.

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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.

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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

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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.