Butte Environmental Council, Inc. (Chico, CA)


  • Name:Robyn DiFalco

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Butte Environmental Council, Inc.
  • Address:116 W. 2nd St., Ste. 3
    Chico, CA 95928
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:530 891-6424

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  • Mission:
  • The Butte Environmental Council’s mission is to protect and defend the land, air and water of Butte County and the surrounding region. We achieve our mission by
    • facilitating increased public awareness and citizen participation in local, regional, and statewide environmental issues;
    • offering educational programs and advocacy campaigns funded through membership dues, fundraising events, grants, and sponsorships; and
    • providing information referral to local citizens regarding environmental issues or services.

  • Overview:
  • The Butte Environmental Council (BEC) has served California’s northern Sacramento Valley communities of Butte, Glenn, and Tehama counties for more than 37 years. Today BEC continues to be an efficient, grassroots organization that gets things done with a modest budget and low overhead. We are also a true membership organization in that our more than 700 community members vote on the governing Board of Directors each year, which sets the policies and priorities of the organization based on environmental needs and issues affecting our region.

    BEC is the only local nonprofit in Butte County taking on a host of issues, including water, air quality, toxics, endangered species, land development, and more. We are implementing several programs, including the RARE program, the subject of this request; Code Blue, our north state water education and advocacy training program; our toxics outreach and education campaign; the Endangered Species Faire (which includes several puppet-making workshops with school children as part of the Faire’s Procession of the Species); and the Bidwell Park and Chico Creeks Cleanup, among others.

  • History:
  • BEC was formed by students and environmental activists as a coalition of representatives from local environmental groups, including Wes Dempsey of the Sierra Club, Steve Evans of Northstate Wilderness Committee, David James of Community Gardens Project, Michael McGinnis of Forces to Restore Earth's Environment (FREE), and Jonnel Schmitz of Student Environmental Collective. BEC started the first recycling center in Chico, and introduced a curbside recycling program. By the late 1980s recycling became a City-required residential service, and BEC began to focus on education, advocacy and referral.

    In the last several years, BEC has become known for successful partnerships with government agencies and other organizations to educate the community and improve our local environment through cooperative partnerships:
     Implementation of Chico Urban Streams Alliance and Clean Creeks in partnership with the City of Chico
     Hosting the annual Bidwell Park and Chico Creeks Clean Up and the Endangered Species Faire in conjunction with dozens of agencies and organizations
     Partnering with the Feather River Recreation and Park District on the Feather River Clean Up in Oroville
     Developing community garden in partnership with the City of Chico

    In 2013 the Butte Environmental Council expanded its recycling education and outreach program modeled after the successful Recycling and Rubbish Exhibit (RARE), which had served Butte County residents since 2001. Now called the Recycling and Rubbish Education program, the new RARE has adapted the former program, which featured an exhibit community members could visit, to a more efficient mobile program brought directly into the classroom.

    BEC’s leadership team, Robyn DiFalco, Executive Director, and Mark Stemen, Board President, had been offering program oversight to RARE through their roles at CSU, Chico. Stemen and DiFalco implemented the original RARE program with the following achievements:

     Reached 4,472 residents in 2011-2012 and 3,825 in 2010-2011, exceeding all previous records.
     Provided service learning opportunities for approximately 10-12 Butte Community College and CSU, Chico students in the last two years, enabling students to obtain professional experience working with children or adults in an educational capacity.
     Recognized at the California College & University Sustainability Conference (2007) with an award for excellence in Educating on Recycling and Waste Reduction.
     Succeeded in changing attitudes and increasing knowledge among residents about the four Rs. This is assessed through surveys of participants.

    The former RARE program operated under contract with Butte County from 2001-2012. In 2013, BEC received a two-year contract to implement the new RARE program throughout Butte County schools, with $22,916 provided in year one and the option to renew in future years. The County supports implementation of RARE, as this program helps meet their mandated requirement to perform landfill diversion outreach and education. In addition to financial support, the Public Works Department, Solid Waste Division is responsible for operation of the Neal Road Recycling & Waste Facility and assists with coordinating the program’s field trips.

  • Year established:1975
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:5
  • Advisory board size:13
  • Staff size:6


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:94-2309829

IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:942309829
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  • Organization Address:313 WALNUT ST STE 140
  • Organization City:CHICO
  • Organization State:CA
  • Organization Zip:95928-4505
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):2
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Educational Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:March, 1976
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):199
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Other scientific research activities
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:June, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:June
  • NTEE Code:C600
  • Asset Amount:$72,282
  • Asset Code:3 ($25,000 - $99,999)
  • Income Amount:$256,264
  • Income Code:4 ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$256,264
  • Last Updated:2/18/2018 12:09:28 pm

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