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October 3, 2017

Highlights and Sticky Notes:Each year the Butte Environmental Council teams up with the city of Chico and county to collect trash in the city's creeks and parks."This year we have received a huge amount of support not only from our community but the businesses, "said Butte Environmental Watershed Coordinator, Angel Gomez, "We have received more sponsorships this year than we have in years past. People are really starting to take ownership of the creeks in Chico." Tags: no_tagby: ndcarter

September 28, 2017

Highlights and Sticky Notes:Organizations participating in the Community Grant Program raised more than $174,000 in August, and the city of Chico will contribute about $53,000 more to that total.Tags: no_tagby: ndcarter

September 21, 2017

Highlights and Sticky Notes:Block Party with a Purpose

  • Butte Environmental Council: Raised $20,675, received additional $5,319.34 from city. Project: Block Parties with a Purpose. - ndcarter

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September 14, 2017

Highlights and Sticky Notes:North Valley Energy Watch and Butte Environmental Council will be hosting three Community Resource Fairs in Nord, Durham and Orland.These fun events for everyone in the community will give you access to tons of resources and information. Get help finding a job, reduce your energy bill, and meet local non-profits who offer programs for youth and families in your neighborhood.Tags: BEC, energy, climate change, newsby: ndcarter

September 8, 2017

Highlights and Sticky Notes:Goldstein reached out to the general public at Chico events such as Thursday Night Market; the homeowner workshops co-sponsored by North Valley Energy Watch and the Butte Environmental Council, nonprofits that put together tool-and-testing kits available through the Chico library; and meetings with business leaders.Molly Marcussen, a recent graduate of Chico State, began her CivicSpark fellowship this week, transitioning into City Hall as Goldstein transitions out. The two met in one of Marcussen’s classes last fall—Community Service Practice in Geography, taught by Sustainability Task Force chair Mark Stemen—but otherwise have not worked together.Tags: BEC, chico, water, news, energy, climate changeby: ndcarter

August 22, 2017

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  • Butte Environmental Council will gladly accept your solar glasses to recycle. - ndcarter

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June 21, 2017

Highlights and Sticky Notes:“Vampire energy drain,” as it’s often called, costs U.S. households about $19 billion annually, according to a study by the Natural Resources Defense Council that analyzed the utility meters of 70,000 Northern California homes.Becky Holden, education outreach coordinator for Butte Environmental Council, said not only does the local population continue to grow, but technology has advanced to the point where it’s common for one person to own many devices, like a tablet, laptop, cellphone, iPod and GPS device. “All the outlets are full,” she said.Tags: no_tagby: ndcarter

June 13, 2017

Highlights and Sticky Notes:It’s worth noting the city has approved the main components of the waste hauling agreement, but has not finalized the details. There will likely be more tweaks made before the October date. The agreement returns to the City Council on July 5.“A lot of people aren’t quite sure what can be recycled,” Holden said. When in doubt, some people tend to just throw things out, or throw too much into the recycling bin.maximizing use of recycling bins, using donation stations and learning to compost can help costs drop “enormously,” especially for people using the largest bin size.Once people realize how easy it is to compost, Holden said they can create their own nutrient rich soil and put organic waste back into the ground instead. “It’s water, food, brown material, cardboard and sunshine,” Holden said.Residents and businesses can end up being slammed with extra fees if they are not disposing of waste correctly. Learning what not to do can help people avoid unnecessary fees.“The goal is to deliver clean recyclables to manufacturers to create new materials and clean green waste to return as compost,”Tags: no_tagby: ndcarter

May 25, 2017

Highlights and Sticky Notes:The city has scheduled home energy-efficiency workshops in three neighborhoods composed predominantly of older houses: Barber, Chapman and the Avenues. Speakers from the Butte Environmental Council and North Valley Energy Watch will describe quick retrofits, upgrade options and rebate programs. The workshops will take place on successive Wednesday evenings starting May 31 (see “Power to the people,” Greenways, page 16).

You can’t beat the price: free. Organizers hope to boost attendance by serving ice cream—also free—and handing out prizes.Tags: no_tagby: ndcarter

May 25, 2017

Highlights and Sticky Notes:Gustafson said the city has committed to providing certain resources to make it work. That includes identifying the locations to plant the acorns and providing the signage or cages that will protect them. The idea is to find spots where the future trees will flourish naturally, he said. The other key to the project is having a stable of volunteers affiliated with CTA and BEC (the latter organization has a similar, ongoing program to replenish the oak stock in Upper Park) to provide the manpower to plant the acorns.In preparation, the city is starting to remove existing debris, including many of the fallen trees that dot the landscape. At last count, between 40 and 50 large trees have come down in Lower and Middle Park in the last year or so, Gustafson said. Crews will begin along South Park Drive and Petersen Memorial Way and then will head toward Woodland and Vallombrosa avenues.Tags: no_tagby: ndcarter