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Butte Environmental Council was originally founded as a collective representing five local environmental efforts.  The aim was to come together as a coalition of diverse groups to serve as a streamlined, effective force for environmental  education and advocacy in Butte County. In its first year of incorporation, BEC was a cooperative with representatives from five environmental groups: the Sierra Club, Northstate Wilderness Committee, Community Gardens Project, Forces to Restore Earth's Environment (FREE), and Student Environmental Collective.

Environmental Community Gathering event on  March 27, 2015

This event brought together local environmental organizations and their supporters for a night of conversation and celebration. This reception was the final event of the This Way to Sustainability Conference that took place at CSU, Chico on March 26-27. By gathering together we hoped that we strengthened relationships and improved communication between the organizations to develop more viable strategies and alliances for a safer, healthier and more vibrant community. Click here to visit the outcomes of the Environmental Community Gathering

The Environmental Coalition of Butte County

Today BEC is revisiting its original "Council" identity with efforts to bring together local environmental organizations and meet regularly as a coalition.  The goal of the coalition is to strategically address some of the most important regional issues facing our community. We're bringing together key environmental stakeholders to strategize on topics such as the proposed Agriculture Mitigation Ordinance, addressing Climate Change at the local level, assess the local threats posed by hydraulic fracturing or evaluating the proposed Butte Regional Conservation Plan that lays out the next 50 years of habitat protection in Butte County.  By working together, we can support (not duplicate) each other's efforts. Because we are all operating under constant budget constraints, we need to be able to work smarter together to make the most of all of our resources and information. The twenty-three organizations listed below participated in a Community Gathering event in March 2013 and again in 2014 and 2015 to celebrate our victories and learn more about each others' varied efforts.  Most of these organizations are represented at our quarterly Coalition meetings. 


Altacal Audubon Society
Associated Students Sustainability Program, CSUC
Butte Bicycle Coalition
Butte College, Sustainability Resource Center
Butte Environmental Council
California Native Plant Society, Mt Lassen Chapter 
California Student Sustainability Coalition (CSSC)
California Urban Streams Alliance: The Stream Team
Center for Water & the Environment, CSUC
Citizen Action Network, Frack-Free Butte County
Citizen's Water Watch
Chico Creek Nature Center
• Chico Peace & Justice Center
• Chico Tree Advocates
• Chico VELO Cycling
Cultivating Community North Valley
Frack-Free Butte County
• Friends of Bidwell Park
• Friends of Butte Creek
• Friends of the Farmers Market
GRID Alternatives
GRUB Education Program
Institute for Sustainable Development, CSUC
Kids & Creeks
• Northern California Regional Land Trust
Outdoor Education For All (OEFA)
River Partners
Sacramento River Preservation Trust
Sierra Club Yahi Group
The Chico Grange


Citizens Water Watch

A local group led by Marty Dunlap that assembles longtime citizen water advocates to track and steer water policy, particularly as it relates to Delta plans for North State water; and the evolution of the Northern Sacramento Valley Integrated Regional Water Management Plan (NSV IRWMP).



California Environmental Water Caucus (EWC)

BEC is an active participant in the California Environmental Water Caucus, which is an umbrella organization of groups advocating for sustainable water policy for California. BEC and EWCBEC staff and board members participate in monthly teleconference calls and annual strategy meetings, working with other knowledgeable water advocates at the state level to pursue political, legal and economic strategies to restore ecological health, improve water quality and protect public trust values throughout California's water systems.  Through our participation at the state level, BEC is able to assess proposed legislation and policy that would impact north state residents, ecosystems, and our water infrastructure.

EarthShare California

EarthShare was formed in 1982 as a coalition of twelve environmental programs working together to raise needed funds through workplace fundraising campaigns. EarthShare California manages environmental giving campaigns in workplaces for environmental and conservation charities, more than 40 national and international organizations; BEC has been an EarthShare affiliate since 2002. For more information on EarthShare, see here.


EcoDirectory of Local Environmental Organizations