EcoFest Racine Event Details


The Vital Art project will be presenting Equinox @ EcoFest. The exhibit will feature art related to the theme of the balance between humans, nature, and the built environment and feature work by artists Marie Cassidy (IL), Judith Jones (MI), Dean Habegger (WI), Erik R. Peterson (WI), Mimi Peterson (WI), Alix Anne Shaw (WI), and Daniel Teafoe (IL). The art will be displayed on the first floor of the Lake Building.


Gateway's IT Project Management class will host electronics recycling as a service learning project. They are partnering with CasBro. View a list of accepted items. They will have some tools available to wipe or destroy computer hard drives upon request.


There will be a wide range of hands-on activities to engage children and help them learn about the environment and ways they can make environmentally friendly choices. There will be a mix of free craft projects and fun informational activities.


All presentations are 30 minutes and are located in the Demonstration Kitchen.

  • 9:15 a.m.- "We Neighbors" documentary by Tom Rutkowski of the Southeast Gateway Sierra Club
  • 10:00 a.m. - Deep Sustainability - A Path to Wellness by Charles Tennessen of Anarchy Acres
  • 10:30 a.m. - Presentation on Racine Parks  by Bob Rafel of the City of Racine Parks and Recreation Department
  • 11:00 a.m. - Sustainability and Solar: A Bright Future by Sabrina Lartz of Arch Electric
  • 11:30 a.m. -  Climate Change/Action and Reaction by Tom Rutkowski of the Southeast Gateway Sierra Club
  • 12:00 p.m. - Best Granola Ever! by Heidi Fannin of Eat Right Racine
  • 12:30 p.m. - "We Neighbors" documentary by Tom Rutkowski of the Southeast Gateway Sierra Club


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 will be available for purchase.

Arch Electric: Educating about solar panels, renewable energy, and renewable energy incentives.

Caledonia Conservancy: Nature education for all and promoting their land trust that preserves land for public access with walking and equestrian trails in Caledonia.

Carthage United to Rescue the Earth (CURE):  Promoting CURE, a Carthage College club that works towards eco activism on campus and around the Kenosha community.

Cassity Tree Service: Learn about all things trees!

City of Racine: Learn about the City of Racine’s energy efficiency upgrades, equitable climate action planning and city services.

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

City of Racine Wastewater Utility: Information regarding wastewater treatment, household hazardous waste collection, and more.

Compost Crusader: Focused on creating a culture around sustainability, that empowers individuals and organizations to divert organic material from the landfill, in an economically and environmentally sustainable way.

Covenant Presbyterian Church: Learn about this group’s success with their user-friendly 3-bin compost system for the church and its membership to use which has already diverted an estimated 800 gallons of food/yard waste from the landfill and built valuable soil.  Also learn about the Bioswale which has recently been designated as a Monarch Waystation.

Cree Lighting: Discover eco-friendly lighting products.

Drive Smart Wisconsin: Explore fuel efficient driving and EV/PHEV education.

Eco-Justice Center: Learn about the Eco-Justice Center's mission of work for justice, healing, and right relationships among of all Creation through leadership and education. We will be promoting our Farm Corps program for high school students and have a photo display about Eco-Justice Center.

Explorer Life Publications: Children’s nature-themed books.

Fairy Cleaning Service: Discover ways to clean your home using no toxic products.

Friends of Island Park: Learn about the history, environmental attributes, and community utilization of this unique mid-city Island Park. People attending may sign up to be a “friend” and learn more about volunteer opportunities.

Gateway Technical College Alpha Beta Hortus (ABH) Horticulture Club: Sharing about hydroponics, plant production and succulents and will be selling succulents and hydroponic lettuce.

Gateway Technical College Arboriculture/Urban Forestry Technician Program: Learn about tree care and Gateway Technical College’s Arboriculture/Urban Forestry Technician associate degree program.

Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast

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: See pictures of parks in our community and learn their role in promoting sustainability through Nature Corridors and helping us to learn about and enjoy nature.

GreenLight E Recycling: Learn about the proper disposal and collection of electronic waste and other materials.

Hoy Audubon Society: Learn about birds.

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

Leadership Racine Zero Waste Committee: Learn how this Leadership Racine group has been working with Dave Rhoads and Racine's Zero Waste committee to promote the city's Zero Waste resolution.

Maureen Fritchen: Learn about an upcoming public art project using manufacturing waste material.

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

National Property Inspections: Learn how to keep your home environmentally safe regarding radon, a naturally occurring gas.

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

Racine/Kenosha Community Action Agency: Learn how to make your home more energy efficient through weatherization.

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 (RUGN): Discover the mission of the Racine Urban Garden Network.

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

Red Moon: Learn about the origins of Red Moon’s sustainable opals and view sustainable opals direct from the source.

Renewal by Andersen Milwaukee: Explore sustainable, environmentally friendly windows and doors.

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: Promoting the hidden gem of the Root River.

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: Watershed education: storm water run-off model, interactive game for kids, lots of literature regarding what homeowners can do to protect our rivers, lakes and streams.

Siena Retreat Center: Promoting peaceful retreats at our center along the lake; demonstration of SoulCollage® on theme of nature. Books, bookmarks and fair trade items will be available for purchase.

Southeast Gateway Sierra Club: Our display will feature programs, outings, and environmental actions of the club.

Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission: Learn about VISION 2050 which is the plan for the (7) county region to look like in 2050, as it relates to neighborhoods, housing, food deserts and transportation, including bicycles. We will have interactive puzzles for people to engage with.

Strain Connection

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

United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 41-01: Marine safety and pollution education. Play a game to learn about how long it takes trash to decompose.

UW-Parkside Environmental Club: Promoting our club and its activities as well as reaching out for collaboration.

VGR: Environmental Sustainability W.A.V.E. Team: We will especially be promoting the use of your own leftover containers along with trying to eliminate the use of Styrofoam at restaurants, along with showing our accomplishments of lowering the food waste in our schools and encouraging composting food waste through the Sturtevant pilot program.

WATERshed Program: Learn about the Great Lakes, the Root River, and water quality.

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.