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EcoFest Racine

Saturday March 16, 2019
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Racine Campus

If you're looking for useful tips, information and encouragement for living in a more environmentally friendly way, join Greening Greater Racine and Gateway Technical College for EcoFest Racine 2019! Admission is free, and each family will receive a free gift.

The event will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2019 from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at Gateway Technical College’s Racine Campus – Lake Building (1001 Main Street). Parking is available in the large lot on the east side of the campus.

Ecofest Racine features informational displays and presentations, door prizes, and children's activities. Visitors can also enjoy an art display from the Vital Art Project, an ensemble of artists who examine the relationships between artist and environment in nature and society. 

Healthy refreshments will be available for purchase. 

Please check back frequently between now and March 16 as we update participants' listings.

Electronics Recycling

Electronics recycling is coordinated by the information technology students of Gateway Technical College and the services of a professional recycling firm, CasBro Recycling. All electronics can be brought to the truck located at the east (lakeside) entrance to the Racine Campus' Technical Building. Student volunteers and recycling company representatives will assist you by destroying personal information/your hard drive before recycling. Click through to the CasBro website for a list of items CasBro will accept. All items are free. Note that this year CasBro is not accepting televisions.


All presentations will be held in the Demonstration Kitchen, just around the corner from main display area.



Presented by

9:30 a.m.

Composting 101

Melissa Tashjian, Compost Crusaders

10:00 a.m.

Zero Waste in Your Home

David Rhoads and Christine Wasielewski

10:30 a.m.

Green Home Supplies


Dr. Kayla Matz
DIY Green Home Supplies Recipes

11:00 a.m.

Green Home Building & Remodeling

Jim Chambers, IAI, LEED AP


Healthy Homemade Salad Dressings

Spencer Alexander


Vital Art Project

Come visit the first floor for an environmentally conscious art experience. View eco-themed fine art by regional artists, including Catherine Cajandig, Cheryl Coleman, Vananda Gala, Judith Jones, Deanna Krueger, Birgitta Lambert, Bob Nonnemacher, Erik R. Peterson, Mimi Peterson, Tom Simonson, and Daniel Teafoe.

Display Booths

Alliance for Great Lakes: The Alliance for the Great Lakes works to protect the Great Lakes for today and tomorrow. Promoting education and volunteering as well as some federal policy actions.

Anarchy Acres: Learn the story of Anarchy Acres, the only farm in Racine County that actively demonstrates the principles of Deep Sustainability. Team Anarchy books for children, and locally grown stone-ground wheat will be available for purchase.

Arch Electric: The importance of solar energy/renewable energy and sustainability.

Bat Education, Awareness and Monitoring (BEAM): Information about bats in SE WI. Learn how BEAM assists the DNR in monitoring Wisconsin’s bats.

Caledonia Conservancy: Maps, pictures and brochures of Caledonia Conservancy-preserved properties (200 acres in Caledonia) will be on display. Explore their public access natural trails for walking, cross country skiing, horseback riding, and more. The School to Nature program will be highlighted.

Carthage United to Rescue the Earth: Information about their clubs, what they do to help the environment, how college students can lead environmentally friendly lives.

Cassity Tree Service: Educating about tree care and answering tree questions

City of Racine Forestry: Information regarding the benefits of trees and Racine’s urban forestry program will be provided.

City of Racine Wastewater Utility: Learn about the wastewater treatment process and environmental stewardship.

Clean Power Coalition – Southeast Wisconsin: Learn about the harmful effects off coal, particularly the local impact from the Oak Creek coal plant. Information about the Coalition and upcoming events.

Compost Crusader LLC: Backyard composting, municipal curbside compost pilots, and vermiculture.

Covenant Presbyterian Church: Teaching about the 3-bin compost system that was built and is used at the church.

Cree, Inc.: LED lighting and Smart Lighting controls.

Dr. Kayla Matz: Learn about greenhouse gasses and make your own model.

Drive Smart Wisconsin: Green transportation options and fuel efficient driving skills.

Eco-Justice Center: Learn about the Eco-Justice Center's mission of environmental education and care of earth in the context of community, contemplation, creativity, and cultivation. We will be promoting our Youth Farm Corps program and natural products and potted herbs will be available for purchase.

Essential Life Skills Coalition: Promoting three programs that teach and train life skills for employment: Great Lakes Conservation Corps, First Choice Pre-apprentice Program, and Racine Vocational Ministries.

EVINRUDE - BRP US, Inc.: Learn about Evinrude - BRP outboard engine clean technology.

Friends of Island Park: Learn about the restoration of native plantings in Island Park and the interesting history of the park. Information about events and volunteer opportunities.

Gateway Technical College Arboriculture/Urban Forestry Program: Ask the expert on arboriculture and tree care.

Gateway Technical College Horticulture Program: Display and demonstrate repurposing old pallets into planters for succulents.

Greening Greater Racine: GGR serves a network of environmental organizations and develops coalitions to foster a healthier and more sustainable life in the Racine area. Learn about our many initiatives

Greening Greater Racine’s Connecting Nature Corridors Committee: Building Our Nature Corridors in the Greater Racine Area. This group is focused on conserving and enhancing the natural environment. Public will be encouraged to help identify private and public gardens with native plants, with the purpose of determining how much connectivity our nature areas have in our communities. Learn how these areas are critical for providing food for wildlife and maintaining biodiversity. Learn about nature corridors in the Racine area and play a park recognition game.

Greening Greater Racine’s Racine Green Congregations: RGC is a coalition of faith communities that support each other in incorporating creation-care into worship, education, building and grounds, discipleship, and public witness. Together they sponsor Energy Saving Workshops for faith communities.

Hawthorn Hollow: Nature display to cultivate appreciation, understanding, and stewardship of our natural and local heritage through environmental education and sanctuary preservation.

Hoy Audubon Society: Answering your questions about regional birds.

Hoyer Homestead LLC: Teaching about hydroponic lettuce and how CSA shares work.

InSinkErator: The environmental benefits of food waste disposal – landfill diversion of organics and resource recovery.

Mt.Pleasant Chiropractic: Information on chiropractic as sustainable healthcare and free nervous system analysis.

Perennial Soaps: Cold process vegan soap and bath & body products will be available for purchase. Palm oil-free. Scented with essential or high-quality fragrance oils. Verified vegan and cruelty free.

Pressed Creations: Learn about rearing Monarch butterflies and Milkweed habitats; purchase milkweed seeds and monarch pictures.

Racine Sustainable Business Solutions Network: RSBN promotes and fosters sustainable practices among area corporations, businesses, government agencies, schools, and non-profits. Examples will be on display.

Racine Urban Garden Network: Educating about urban gardening and holding sign up for garden plots.

Racine Zoo: Biofacts from Wisconsin animal species as well as live Wisconsin animal species to demonstrate the importance of local biodiversity.

River Bend Nature Center: Environmental education programs for families, schools and other organizations. Explore natural items found in the forest, like furs, skulls, bugs and more.

Root River Council: Displaying information about the Root River Council; volunteer opportunities to improve a sense of place, water quality, and promoting activities along the Root River and downtown.

Root River Environmental Education Community Center: Learn about kayaking and canoeing on the Root River during the months of June through September from the Root River Environmental Education Community Center. Information for any attendees interested in sustainable management academics and youth environmental education summer programs.

Root-Pike Watershed Initiative Network: Water conservation, watershed issues, storm water run-off model, literature.

Southeast Gateway Sierra Club: Outings, programs and education related to environmental  concerns.

Southeastern WI Regional Planning Commission: Promoting Vision 2050 and the chloride study they are conducting.

The Grind Café: The health and wellness benefits of CBD oil and hemp products.

Tower Gardens: Displaying “Urban” tower gardening, a vertical, aeroponic growing system for 20-28 plants.

United States Coast Guard Auxiliary: Marine safety and pollution education. Play a game to learn about how long it takes trash to decompose.

UW-Extension Foodwise: Learn about the health and environmental benefits of eating more whole foods.

UW-Extension Master Gardeners: Sustainable landscape practices.

UW-Madison – Division of Extension: Demonstrating online regional recycle guide; promoting Extension programs.

UW-Parkside Environmental Club: Promoting the club at UW-Parkside, showing what they’ve accomplished on campus and within the community, and explaining future projects and goals.

Visioning a Greater Racine Model for Environmental Sustainability: Group initiatives, including composting and reducing waste in schools.

Weed Out Racine: Invasive species of plants—identifying and why they should be removed.

Wild Ones-Root River Chapter: Wild Ones is a national organization that promotes environmentally sound landscaping practices to preserve biodiversity through the preservation, restoration, and establishment of native plant communities. Information about growing milkweed for monarchs and the native plant sale in June.

Wild Root Market: Wild Root Market will be a full-service, cooperatively owned grocery store in Racine specializing in natural, organic and local foods. Learn about food co-ops, where Wild Root is in the start-up process, and about their future store.

Wisconsin Green Muslims: Wisconsin Faith and Solar Initiative | Connecting Islamic Faith, Environmental Justice and Sustainability.

Wisconsin Interfaith Power and Light: Photos, books and other resources available from Interfaith Power & Light.

School’s Booths (Multicultural Resource Room)

Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast: Girl Scouts and eco-friendly ways.

Greater Racine Environmental Educators Network (GREEN): G.R.E.E.N celebrates and fosters environmental issues in the classroom/ schoolyard and taking students outside to experience the natural world. The display will illustrate examples from local public and private schools.

North Park Elementary School: Promoting the school’s Nature Center and school gardens.

Racine Montessori School: Reducing waste in the world - Examples of composting with worms and methods of reducing ORT.
Walden III Green School: Display of Green School activities

Gateway Technical College is committed to providing access and equal opportunity for all. Reasonable accommodations are provided for all services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request a disability accommodation, please contact the Compliance Office at least ten days in advance at 262-564-3062/Wisconsin Relay 711 or Gateway students should contact Beth Mulhollon at 262-564-2452 or email