Butte Environmental Council, Inc.

Protecting & Defending the Land, Air & Water of Butte County Since 1975

aka BEC   |   Chico, CA   |  http://www.becnet.org

Mission

The Butte Environmental Council (BEC) is a non-profit environmental organization based in Butte County, California. Our mission is to protect and defend the land, air and water of Butte County and the surrounding region through action, advocacy and education. BEC was formed in 1975 and throughout its 41 years, BEC has had a significant voice in shaping the environment and policies of Butte County and beyond.

Ruling year info

1976

General Manager

Caitlin Dalby

Main address

313 Walnut Street #140

Chico, CA 95928 USA

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EIN

94-2309829

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (C01)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

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Our programs

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Annual Creek Clean-up

Each year, Butte Environmental Council teams up with the City of Chico, Butte County and the Great Sierra River Cleanup to organize over 500 community volunteers to remove TONS of trash, recyclables, and hazardous waste from our creeks and beloved Bidwell Park. This legacy BEC event, in its 33rd year, provides the opportunity for our community to work together towards a common goal; protecting our shared natural spaces and waterways. Without regular removal of man-made waste and debris, the water quality of local creeks, channels and streams would be greatly impacted. Local flora and fauna depend on riparian habitats for survival and lack of care for these corridors negatively affect their ability to thrive.

Population(s) Served
Families

In 2011, BEC began working with the City of Chico to establish a community garden on unimproved city land. We're so happy to be able to recognize, share, and celebrate the incredible power of our soil and climate to provide us with the plants that we humans love; food, flowers, and medicine. Putting our hands in the dirt has the power to heal our hearts and minds, and bind us to the cycles of nature--and each other. Join us in this great community project.

Population(s) Served
Adults

RARE (Recycling and Rubbish Education) is a Butte County funded program hosted by the Butte Environmental Council that seeks to educate Butte County's community about the solid waste stream and the importance of the 4R's: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Rot (compost). The RARE program provides FREE hands-on, interactive, and fun educational workshops for ages K-12 in the areas of Recycling, Compost, and Auto Oil Recycling. During these trying times, RARE is dedicated to providing education and information on the topics covered in our typical workshops: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Rot (Compost)! We want to give you plenty of opportunities to continue the lessons out of the classroom. Download our RARE Activity Guides and you will find lesson plans, educational videos, crafts, and upcycling projects that you can do from the comfort of your house! It is easy to reduce your waste, get creative, and have fun while learning about ways to care for the Earth.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Under the tax-exempt fiscal sponsorship of the Butte Environmental Council, Chico Tree Advocates (CTA) is a group of concerned citizens with four goals to address the current situation in which we find our urban forest:
1. Putting together a group of volunteers who want to monitor our urban forest and plant trees.
2. Contact the City Council to and urge them to properly fund an adequate tree crew.
3. Amend the Draft Urban Forest Management Plan with some enforceable performance criteria and get it adopted.
4. Encourage citizens to check the agendas on-line and attend Bidwell Park & Playground Commission; Architectural Review or Planning Commission meetings when trees are on the Agenda, and advocate for trees.

Population(s) Served
Adults

This program started in 2017 with partnership from Northern Rural Communities, Inc., PG&E, and RHA whose focus is to provide education and resources on energy conservation to the communities it serves. Through hosting free community demos and workshops, offering presentations to small and medium sized businesses, and in organizing local resource fairs, the program provides access to information, tools and resources that both home owners and renters can utilize to conserve energy.

Population(s) Served
Adults

ODEC is made up of Oroville community leaders and citizens working to protect the community from current and future sources of dioxin. The group is always open to working with other local community advocates and has strong ties to many diverse groups in Oroville.

If you live in Oroville and want to find out about dioxin contamination in your community, or ask questions/voice concerns, please visit and "Like" our Facebook page.

Population(s) Served
Adults

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Financials

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Butte Environmental Council, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Aaron Kunst

Aaron Kunst

Scott Grist

Becky Holden

Shyla Black

Bryce Goldstein

Maggie Scarpa

Luann Manss

Beba Greer

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes