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The Painting of the New BEC Mural - 0 views

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    The mural was done by Chico-based illustrator and muralist Wyatt Hersey and people were invited to help paint it. The room where the mural was painted will not only be used to conduct the business of the organization but also as a community space where others can come to host meetings. The interactive mural featured many of Butte County's natural features and animals.
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Sunrise Movement Protests Outside the Meriam Library - 0 views

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    Students protested Thursday outside Meriam Library, using buckets as drums, smoke masks, and their voices - to raise awareness about climate change. Mark Stemen was protesting alongside the students and said that they wanted to bring attention to the issue to the public.
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Hundreds Join the Global Climate Strike in Downtown Chico - 1 views

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    Students of all ages and community members gathered for the Chico Climate Strike where they demanded a change in legislation and encouraged others to take action in the fight again our changing climate. At the strike, there were also a variety of tables and booths promoting sustainable practices including the Butte Environmental Council
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Chico and Oroville Volunteers do their Part in Helping Clean California - 0 views

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    Chico and Oroville volunteers were part of the 60,000 people throughout California that spent Saturday morning picking up trash. Oroville focused on beautifying areas along the Feather River, while Chico cleaned up Bidwell Park and local creeks.
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Taking Out the Trash at Bidwell Park - 2 views

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    With Chico population now over 100,000, that would make 500 volunteers half a percent of the population. Though the numbers were as strong as they have been in the event's history, BEC wants to do better in the years to come. "In future years I'd like to explore the possibility of expanding it to Saturday and Sunday and potentially reaching 1,000 people," said Danielle Baxter, General Manager for BEC.
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Bottles, Syringes, and Mattresses Found During Annual Creek Cleanup - 0 views

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    The 32nd annual Bidwell Park and Chico Creek cleanup attracted close to 500 volunteers with tons of trash, literally, removed from Bidwell Park and local creeks, according to BEC.
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As the Sustainability Task Force Dissolves, What's Next for Chico Climate Action? - 0 views

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    The task force is retiring after meeting its original goal for reducing emissions by 2020. It will be replaced by a standing committee for climate action. A new goal has been set to try to reach 40% reduction of all emissions by 2030, in order to hopefully reach neutrality by 2050. "I would add that so many people feel there's nothing we can do about this," Mark Stemen said. "To that I would say … the city is doing something. I believe through our work we could get to 100% renewable energy to this town by 2025."
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Chico City Council Making Changes - 0 views

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    The council adopted an ordinance to create a Climate Action Commission and also chose to reconsider its usage of pesticides. The commission will be made up of seven council-appointed members, whose main task will be to advise the council on how to best implement the city's Climate Action Plan (CAP). Mark Stemen, the board chair for BEC said, "A lot of people are concerned about climate change and they feel like there's nothing that can be done," he said. "Now, those concerns … have a place and a process to be realized. So we can get to 100 percent renewable energy, we can get to a livable planet."
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Chico Groups Launch Climate Action Plan Update with Bernie Sanders' visit - 0 views

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    The effort on the local front was organized by the Butte Environmental Council and members of the city's Sustainability Task Force, who warned of an impending climate disaster in the next decade in the absence of action. Mark Stemen, a professor of geography and planning at Chico State and member of the city's Sustainability Task Force, said he is hopeful that goals can be met to avert disaster. There are signs that change can come quickly in Chico, such as the city and county forming a joint powers authority to purchase and sell energy based on the needs of their residents
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BEC Hosting Environmental Listening Forum - 0 views

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    Public opinion is welcomed on several topics at BEC's meeting tonight, which are: Recommendations for greenhouse greens reductions from transportation energy; Solid waste recommendations for sequestration and mitigation projects; Engaging the community in ideas and incentives for funding.
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Chico News & Review - Changing of the guard - Sustainability - Green - August 8, 2019 - 0 views

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    Danielle Baxter, Butte Environmental Council's recently appointed general manager, says she wants to inspire environmental knowledge and activism and support longtime members while making "much-needed space for younger voices."
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Chico News & Review - Compassion above all else - Editorial - Opinions - March 29, 2018 - 0 views

  • Butte Environmental Council, which for decades has organized events to beautify our parks and waterways. During a cleanup in 2008, as the CN&R reported, BEC volunteers collected a whopping 10.5 tons of trash in five hours.
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    Butte Environmental Council (BEC) is a community organization committed to protecting and defending environmental quality throughout Butte County. By regularly removing trash and recyclables that have found their way in to our urban creeks, parks and greenways BEC is helping to keep local water clean and safe, improving wildlife habitat and reducing human impacts on our environmental quality. Chico's urban waterways are heavily impacted by litter, illegal dumping, and creekside camping. BEC is committed to treating all members of our community with dignity and respect. We often remove materials left behind by those living along our creeks. Our non-confrontation policy asks our volunteers to avoid any interactions with those in the cleanup area besides inviting them to join us. In partnership with local law enforcement, we provide notice to camps in an effort to allow time for personal property to be removed. Usable items that are removed from our cleanup efforts are repurposed whenever possible to minimize what we send to the landfill. Our community cleanups have two goals: remove waste from our creeks, and build a community committed to healthy waterways.
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Chico News & Review - Slow go: Stakeholders call for more time on countywide conservati... - 0 views

  • Natalie Carter, executive director of the Butte Environmental Council, also sees benefit from deliberation. Noting that the BRCP’s 50-year term exceeds the general plans of both Butte County and Chico, she says, “it’s smart to be cautious about these kinds of things—thoughtful and evaluative.”
  • On the BRCP overall, Carter said, “the concept and the core of it is a really strong thing, and wonderful. It’s a remarkable effort that should be appreciated by our community.”
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Downtown parade will go Saturday rain or shin - 0 views

  • Engangered Species Fair runs 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the group picnic area at One-Mile Recreation Area in lower Bidwell Park. The 37th annual event is put on by the Butte Environmental Council and is free.
  • The theme is “Back from the Brink” which celebrates the removal of three species from the endangered species list, including the gray wolf, bald eagle and maguire daisy. Highlights include an eco-scavenger hunt, free vegetable starts, a raffle and a puppet parade featuring papier mache puppets made by local elementary students.
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What's happening Saturday in the north valley - 0 views

  • 37th annual Endangered species Faire, Chico: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Group Picnic Area, One-Mile Recreation Area, Lower Bidwell Park. Learn about environmental issues and enjoy live music and food; 30 environmental booths. Hands-on experiences/activities; eco-scavenger hunt, vegetable starts, raffle, puppet parade featuring paper mache puppets made by elementary students. Free bike valet by Chico Velo; hydration station by Klean Kanteen. Hosted by Butte Environmental Council. www.becnet.org/endangered-species-faire.
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Local third-graders make papiér-mâché animals for upcoming Endangered Species... - 0 views

  • The students will get a chance to parade their puppets during the Procession of the Species at this year’s fair on May 7, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at One-Mile Recreation Area.
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Earth Day movie night scheduled at brewery's Big Room - 0 views

  • An Earth Day movie night is planned April 19 at the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Big Room. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the films begin at 6:30 p.m. Eight short films with agricultural themes are planned.
  • Admission is a $5 minimum cash-only donation. All attendees will receive prizes corresponding to the generosity of their donation. Guests will also have the chance to win additional raffle prizes throughout the night.
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PG&E plans removal of 32 Midway trees - 1 views

  • Mark Stemen of Butte Environmental Council said his group is “very pleased” with the plan, and has been working for about the last year and a half on Chico tree issues. BEC also worked with PG&E on the replacement of trees north of Hegan Lane near the pipeline.
  • Smith said PG&E has been working more carefully with communities over tree removals, noting a change in its approach.
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The Big Scrap - 0 views

  • The activist group Move the Junkyard was formed in January 2015, shortly after the City Council directed planning department staff to develop a process for CSM to stay in south Chico. The group is allied with the Butte Environmental Council, which has long supported the Chapman/Mulberry Neighborhood Plan and CSM’s amortization.
  • During an interview several days prior to the Planning Commission’s meeting, Move the Junkyard member Ory and Mark Stemen, chairman of BEC’s board of directors, were certain the commission would reject CSM’s new development agreement. “I think CSM has done a very effective job playing on heartstrings and emotional issues that affect [city] councils, but I think they’ll come up against the Planning Commission and see that’s not what it’s about,” Stemen said.
  • aying on heartstrings and emotional issues that affect [city] councils, but I think they’ll come up against the Planning Commission and see that’s not what it’s about,” Stemen said
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Change of guard for Butte Environmental Council: DiFalco departs, Carter takes over - 1 views

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    She's helped to turn the Butte Environmental Council around, Stemen continued. She's extremely organized, which helped the nonprofit group stay focused and concentrate on improving programs. Recently, DiFalco announced that she was ready to do something else. She wasn't sure what, but she gave BEC the luxury of hiring someone to replace her, even offering to stay around to help the new person get settled on the job. As for the future, BEC made the announcement this week that Natalie Carter will take the helm at BEC. Carter's recent experience includes running the Chico Certified Farmers Market. She is scheduled to begin March 1, with a period of transition.
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