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BEC's Community Forum Series

BECome Involved - Join us for an Upcoming Community Forum

Please join us for our next community forum, focused on the nexus between housing and climate change.

Tuesday, Feb. 25th from 6 - 8:30 PM at Valley Oaks Village Co-Housing

Our first Housing & Climate Forum sparked insightful and spirited discussions on the nexus of climate change and housing issues in our region. In response, we're re-assembling our local housing experts to create a unified narrative for sustainable housing in our region, which we will present and discuss at this Forum. We also intend to develop proactive demands for sustainable development in our community, so don't miss this conversation if this is something you're passionate about. Our panel of experts includes: North Valley Housing Trust, Chico Housing Action Team, GRID Alternatives, Chico DSA and more.

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Empowering citizen advocates and grassroots environmental efforts have been leading roles of the Butte Environmental Council for more than 40 years. In our region, we have found that environmental issues are often complex and the average citizen lacks the time or inclination to fully understand the details and root causes. BEC operates at the grassroots level through the lens that community involvement is critically important when human and ecological health are threatened by pollutants or mismanagement. At the heart of our ongoing strategy within our events and programs is assuring the public that making their voices heard on behalf of our environment is an imperative and positive process. 

Butte County has suffered recent exacerbated environmental challenges due to disasters like the November 2018 Camp Fire, flucations in temperatures, reduced supply in groundwater, and policy changes that favor corporate interest. These challenges have enforced the need to respond adaptively to Butte County communities; and we have done so with the ignition of a six part climate change focused community forum series. 

BEC piloted this program in August 2019 with a community forum style Chico Climate Action Plan Listening Session - the goal of this forum was to assist the Chico Sustainability Task Force to engage a broad and representative cross-section of the community in gathering priorities for inclusion in the soon-to-come updated Chico Climate Action Plan. the result of this pilot forum was a group of around 70 concerned community members critically discussing solutions together. BEC compiled a feedback document encompassing the community response that evening. Please take a look, HERE

Seeing the clear need for this platform, we launched the program to begin with a Housing & Climate Change Forum in November 2019 that brought together a panel of experts from GRID Alternatives, North Valley Housing Trust, City of Chico Planning, Chico Housing Action Team and Chico DSA. This panel focused on the intersection between housing and climate change on the basis that one year out from the Cap Fire disaster, housing has become one of our largest challenges for the future of Butte County.

To start off the year of 2020, January provided a relevant opportunity to host a Community Water Forum. Many critical and current Butte County water issues were discussed by our panel of experts including the Tuscan Water District, the Miocene Canal, the Paradise Irrigation District, hydropower and dams, climate change, water impacts and disadvantaged communities within that sphere, decision-making policy issues and power in water control. Our panelists, and other local experts in the room encouraged those in the community who want to continue to advocate for environmentally responsible water management to attend meetings like: Butte County Water Commission meetings, LAFCO meetings, and the Vina GSA Stakeholder Advisory Committee meetings. You can find updated information about when and where these meetings occur on the BEC Public Calendar page.

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