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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

26 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!

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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!

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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.