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Chico News & Review - Love for the creek - Sustainability - Green - November 16, 2017 - 0 views

  • The group started small in hopes of eventually making a large impact, initially choosing two areas of focus—Teichert Ponds, between Highway 32 and East 20th Street along Highway 99; and the area behind the CARD Center. The plan is to clear out invasive plants and replace them with native species.

    The group is working toward its goal with the backing of a city program called Adopt a Spot, which encourages community involvement in the park by providing resources such as tools, volunteer help and a management plan.

  • Water Warriors relies mostly on volunteers, donations and partnerships like the one with the city.
  • In its short existence, the group is already making strides. The work behind the CARD Center in particular is visible and already paying off.
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Lifetime achievement - 0 views

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    BEC's Executive Director, Natalie Carter and City Council Member Karl Ory present Jane Dolan with the 2017 Michael McGinnis Lifetime Achievement Award at BEC's 42nd Anniversary Gala on October 21, 2017.
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Chico's new urban forester plants ideas - 0 views

  • From an acorn-planting program to a new fee, urban forest manager Richie Bamlet is moving forward with ideas on how to help Chico’s urban forest, which has suffered because of its age and lack of replacement trees, not to mention the city’s budget issues.
  • For several years, the Butte Environmental Council has been conducting a oak regeneration program in upper Bidwell Park, he noted.
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Fallen tree clean-up planned for Bidwell Park - 0 views

  • Plans are being put in place that tackle the threat of fire, from prescribed burns to decreasing the amount of burnable material in the park.
  • Last weekend, branches and limbs were cut and hauled to shredders during the Butte Environmental Council park cleanup. That’s the start.
  • Not only do the clumps of vegetation and fallen wood represent fuel sources, but they are also hiding places for transients, Lowe said, noting the Fire Department has responded to several campfire problems in those situations.
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Chico News & Review - Halloweening well - Scene - Arts&Culture - October 26, 2017 - 0 views

  • In north Chico (3163 Esplanade) is the Asylum of the Dead, where the crazed Charlie killed his folks and conducted his human experiments, and now the house’s old barn is home to the abominations he created as well as various tortured spirits. The Barbee family runs the attraction as a fundraiser for local charities (suggested donations: $3 for kids, $5 adults) and opens it to the public for the entire month, Fridays and Saturdays, plus Halloween, 7-10 p.m. This year’s recipients are Butte Environmental Council and the Hamilton City Fire Department.
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30th Annual Bidwell Park and Creeks clean up in Chico - KRCR - 0 views

  • 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." 
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Chico News & Review - City grants announced - Downstroke - Local Stories - September 28... - 0 views

  • 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.
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Community grant program awards more than $220K to Chico nonprofits - 0 views

  • Block Party with a Purpose
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      Butte Environmental Council: Raised $20,675, received additional $5,319.34 from city. Project: Block Parties with a Purpose.
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Community resource fairs set in Orland, Durham, Nord - 0 views

  • 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.
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Chico News & Review - Challenge met, work continues - Sustainability - Green - Septembe... - 0 views

  • 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.
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After the eclipse: What do I do with my glasses? - 0 views

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    Butte Environmental Council will gladly accept your solar glasses to recycle.
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Don't let vampire devices drain your electricity and increase your bills - 0 views

  • “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.

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Chico waste rates are changing, but customers can still save money - 0 views

  • 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.
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  • 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,”
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Chico News & Review - Ohm sweet ohm - Editorial - Opinions - May 25, 2017 - 0 views

  • 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.

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Chico News & Review - From tiny acorns - News - Local Stories - May 25, 2017 - 0 views

  • 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.
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Chico News & Review - Power to the people - Sustainability - Green - May 25, 2017 - 0 views

  • In partnership with the Butte Environmental Council and North Valley Energy Watch, Goldstein and Brendan Vieg of the city’s Planning Services Department have arranged three neighborhood home energy efficiency workshops.
  • There’s no charge—in fact, organizers are giving things away: ice cream, LED light bulbs, ChicoBags, Klean Kanteens and prizes.
  • The idea is to introduce residents, particularly those in older houses, to the spectrum of low-cost, cost-saving options available.
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Chico News & Review - Rush to cut - News - Local Stories - May 11, 2017 - 0 views

  • It turns out Withuhn was right to question the removal. Erik Gustafson, manager of the Chico’s Public Works Department, said city staff had been inundated with calls from concerned citizens after the two trees were cut, and confirmed no permit had been issued. City staff visited Enloe Medical Center the next morning—May 3—to deliver a cease and desist order to prevent further removals.
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Letter: Celebrate the wild at Endangered Species Faire - 0 views

  • Butte Environmental Council’s Endangered Species Faire has celebrated efforts to protect the environment for decades. The free gathering gives children and adults information and hands-on learning experiences that stress efforts to protect the earth and its creatures. This year’s event will take place at the picnic area at One Mile Recreation Area from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.
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Community Corner: Volunteers needed for Chico parks, greenways - 0 views

  • The city of Chico Parks Division is hosting an orientation meeting March 30 for people who are interested in becoming parks volunteers.

    The meeting will be 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, 421 Main St.

  • Frequently the Parks Division volunteers team up with what Romain calls “partner organizations” that have special interests in the city’s open spaces. Among them are Friends of Bidwell Park, Friends of Comanche Creek Greenway, Chico Velo-Trailworks, Stream Team, California Native Plant Society and Butte Environmental Council.

    “Our partnerships with these groups and our volunteers work together for the greater good, making our park and greenways more enjoyable for people,” said Romain.

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The Orion : Biological science department holds 2nd career fair - 0 views

  • The Biological Sciences Outreach Committee put on its second biology career fair at Chico State.
  • Becky Holden from Butte Environmental Council answers questions from a student.
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