Wieckowski honors Tri-Cities Ecology Center as Nonprofit of the Year

June 22, 2016

SACRAMENTO – State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) honored the Tri-Cities Ecology Center (TCEC) as the Nonprofit of the Year for Senate District 10 at the California Nonprofits Day celebration in the State Capitol today.  Nonprofit leaders from across the state were recognized on the Senate and Assembly floors.

TCEC, an all-volunteer organization, has played a large role in southern Alameda County environmental issues since 1971 when it opened a local recycling center.

“For 45 years, TCEC has remained at the forefront of every major environmental issue occurring in southern Alameda County,” said Wieckowski, the chair of the Senate Environmental Quality Committee.  “Whether it’s expansion of the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, protecting local wetlands, supporting SB 1263 to ensure safe drinking water in California, or rescuing 53 poplar trees in Fremont Central Park, its volunteers have organized and advocated for environmental improvements and preservation.  A major achievement was spearheading the drive for the successful 1981 Fremont Hill Initiative.  Our hillside is preserved today as a result of the tremendous leadership of the TCEC.”    

TCEC is also active in improving San Francisco Bay water quality, encouraging water and energy conservation, recycling, composting and environmental education activities.

“It is an honor to be selected as Nonprofit of the Year by Sen. Bob Wieckowski,” said Donna Olsen, TCEC founder and board member.  “It is a tribute to our volunteers who have staffed the center for over 45 years.  Thanks to them, TCEC has made our area an example of environmental activism, which will have a lasting effect for years to come.” 

Long-time TCEC member and former Fremont Mayor Gus Morrison represented the organization in the Capitol.

“Nonprofit organizations are vitally important to the economy and well-being of California,” said Jan Masaoka, chief executive officer of the California Association of Nonprofits, a statewide alliance of over 10,000 organizations.  “But too often nonprofits are hidden in plain sight. (This event is) putting the spotlight on nonprofits as an economic power that uses that power for the common good.” 

Senator Wieckowski represents the 10th Senate District, which includes southern Alameda County and northeast Santa Clara County.