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EcoFest Racine

Saturday March 18, 2017
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Racine Campus

EcoFest Racine is a community celebration designed to share information and encourage participation in activities that help us live our lives in a more environmentally friendly way. It is organized by Greening Greater Racine and Gateway Technical College.

The event will be held on the Racine Campus of Gateway Technical College–1001 Main Street. The Saturday March 18, 2017 event is open to the general public. The event runs from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Lake Building.

Ecofest Racine features informational displays, an Ask the Expert room; a cooking demonstration; 20-minute informational presentations; and loads of children's activities. Admission is free and a free gift will be presented to each family. Healthy refreshments will be provided for purchase.

Please check back frequently between now and March 18th as we update participants listings.


Electronics Recycling

Electronics recycling will be 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 (lake side) 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 with the exception to tube monitors and tube TVs for which there is a $20 charge per unit.


Demonstrations/Presentations

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

Time

Topic

Presented by

9:30

Healthy and gluten-free foods

Gateway Technical College’s Culinary Arts program

10:30

Trees–Which to plant, how to plant, how to prune, and more

Matt Koepnick, city forester

11:00

Watershed Runoff–What you can do in your yard to prevent chemicals from entering the wastewater system and polluting Lake Michigan.

Allison Thielen, Root-Pike WIN

11:30

Composting–How to begin composting kitchen waste to improve your garden’s soil

 

12:00

Greening your home–Tips on how to do things a “greener way."

David Rhoads of Greening Greater Racine

12:30

Energy in the Home–Practices and tips on how to save energy in your home.

Casey McIntosh

 

Display Booths

Bat Education, Awareness and Monitoring (BEAM): Information about bats in SE WI. Learn about monitoring of species and population from April through September. Child-friendly activities such as making an origami bat.

BRP US, Inc.: Learn about Evinrude engine emissions vs. competition; Reality of 4-stroke vs. 2-stroke engines. Energy Efficiency program at BRP

Butter Buds, Inc.: Learn about this local company's sustainability plan.

Caledonia Conservancy: Maps, pictures and brochures of Caledonia Conservancy-preserved properties (200 acres in Caledonia) will be on display. Learn what a Land Trust is and how you can help. We also will have our School to Nature program highlighted with activities for kids to do. We will be selling honey with our CC Label (Beehives are on our properties). Explore their public access natural trails for walking, cross country skiing, horseback riding, and more.

Case High School Green Team: This Case High School club will be sharing information on its initiatives.

CREE Lighting: Demonstration of residential LED bulbs. Energy savings and environmental benefits will be discussed

Eco-Justice Center: A display to share the work being done for the environment at the Eco-Justice Center. Seed packets will be distributed as well as potted herbs. The mission of the Eco-Justice Center is environmental education and care of earth in the context of community, contemplation, creativity, and cultivation.

FreeEnergyAudit.org  A free energy audit helps you understand your gas and electric consumption and steps to take to improve your energy savings.

Friends of Island Park  Educational material about the landscape architect who designed Racine's Park System in the early 1900s.

Gateway Technical College Sustainability and Fresh Water Resources program of study: Learn about Gateway's commitment to educational sustainability components as well as operational improvements to reduce its carbon footprint. Gateway's Fresh Water Resources program prepares graduates for positions at water utilities or supporting urban development.

Greater Racine Environmental Educators Network (GREEN):  Educators at public and private schools dedicated to nature and ecology in their classrooms.

Greening Greater Racine: Learn about this inclusive enviornmental movement working to inspire, educate and motivate residents to take action to make a healthier and more sustainable Racine area. Learn what you can do to lessen your negative environmental impact in and around your home. Be part of the movement.

Great Lakes Community Conservation Corps  Showcase of the wide range of skills taught to local youth through this program.

Hawthorn Hollow: This Nature Sanctuary and Arboretum will share its mission and promote educational and cultural events at its venue.

Mt.Pleasant Chiropractic  Sustainable health care--returning the body to its natural state.  Free health screenings.

Nature Corridors: This subcommittee of Greening Greater Racine 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. Pictures and maps will be on display, and information will be provided on how to start or enhance a butterfly habitat.

North Park Elementary School Nature Center and Gardens: Learn about their Nature Center and classroom vegetable gardens. See a display of worm bins and straw bale gardening that was done at the school.​

Perennial Soaps: Cold process vegan soap and bath & body products. Palm oil-free. Scented with essential or high-quality fragrance oils.

Pressed Creations: Learn about Monarch butterflies and Milkweed habitats; art using recycled flowers and butterfly wings.

Racine Green Congregations: Learn about environmental initiatives you can try at home. Nature quiz for kids.

Racine Habitat for Humanity Restore  Donate new or reusable construction materials to avoid landfill and raise money for the Habitat building program

Racine Kenosha Community Action Agency Weatherization Program: Will promote the Weatherization program for low-income qualified recipients. Information on how to make your home more energy efficient.

Racine Montessori School: Presentations on their Monarch Way Station.

Racine Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services: Learn about programs for Spring and Summer through brochures and registration forms.

Racine Public Works Dept.: Information and input gathering on the city's plan to fully automate solid waste and recycling systems. Comments from EcoFest participants will be encouraged, accepted and considered.

Racine Urban Garden Network (RUGN): Promoting their organization signing people up who wish to rent garden plots during the 2017 season.

Racine Wastewater Treatment: A display showing the processes used to treat the wastewater at Racine's plant, as well as information about other programs such as HHW collections. We will also have information about environmental challenges to their plant and information about Lake Michigan.

Racine Zoo: The Racine Zoo will present information on sustainable food choices and resource management as well as wildlife conservation and citizen science opportunities.

Red Moon: Selling honey from around the world as well as locally sourced.

RG Natural Babies: Eco-friendly items sold at their store.

River Bend Nature Center: Environmental education and outdoor recreation center information.

Root-Pike WIN: (rootpikewin.org; respectourwaters.org) - Root-Pike WIN will present its Respect Our Waterscampaign focusing on stormwater runoff education and reduction. Through their sassy spokesperson (spokesdog) Sparkles, they will share the steps individuals can take to reduce this pollution. They also have a drawing for a free rain barrel!

Root River Council: Information about the Root River, Horlick Dam, Machinery Row development, and other programs associated with enhancing 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. We will provide information for any attendees interested in sustainable management academics.

Seno Conservancy Land Trust  Learn about 5 miles of nature trails and wetlands and rentable space and buildings.

SEWRPC-Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission: Highlighting information about Managing Our Waterways; Root River, and VISION 2050.

Siena Retreat Center  Learn about upcoming environmental events.  Sale of free-trade chocolate, organic cotton socks and earth beads.

Sierra Club: Southeast Gateway: With a mission of exploring, enjoying and protecting the planet, the Sierra Club presents a broad range of activities and issues related to the environment both near and far. Topics will include local conservation efforts, educational programs, outings, climate change and clean energy, new members, water and land concerns, and invasive species. In addition, residents will be able to purchase a rain barrel for their own homes.

Solar Racine: Greening Greater Racine will launch Solar Racine, a group buy program that will promote clean energy for both homes and businesses in Racine and surrounding areas. Residents will be recruited recruit residents and businesses to participate in the program by receiving site assessments, estimates, and the opportunity to sign on with the electrical contractor for the installation of solar panels.

Tower Gardens: Will demonstrate Aeroponic tower gardening

21st Century Preparatory School Sixth Grade: Learn about living our lives in a more environmentally friendly way. Student perform hands-on water testing using local water samples and presentations on service learning projects including watershed studies, clean-ups, invasive work and much more.

United States Coast Guard Auxililary: Marine safety and pollution education.

UW-Extension Food Wise program, GGR Food Council and HALO's Growing Home. Review the Racine County Food Resource Guide, transportation to grocery stores, free nutrition programs, and Halo's Growing Home project.

UW-Extension Master Gardeners: Learn about sustainable gardening practices as deployed at Master Gardener projects.

UW-Parkside Environmental Club: Hear about the many environmental projects in which the club is engaged. 

Wadewitz Elementary School  Students display what they learning about environmental stewardship

WATERshed Project: This project introduces 4th and 7th grade RUSD students to how their daily activities affect the Root-Pike watershed and Lake Michigan.

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. We will have information about growing milkweed for monarchs and about our 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 more about the project and see why 800+ households have chosen to become owners at Wild Root Market. We'll have healthy recipe cards to give to everyone who stops by our booth and every new Owner who joins at EcoFest will receive a high quality Wild Root Market canvas tote bag as our thank you!

Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters  Learn about the importance of clean water and the prevalence of poor drinking water in Wisconsin.

Wright Way Farm: Certified Organic produce farm in Beloit, WI 200-family CSA with members in Kenosha and Racine.


Ask the Expert booths

These booths will be located in the Multicultural Resource Center, just off the main commons, for enhanced discussions with the following experts.

Gateway Technical College Horticulture program: Organic Gardening information---Answers from seeds to soil; plants to pests. 

Hoy Audoban:  Answering your questions about regional birds.

Racine Forestry: Information regarding the benefits of trees, tree species for planting, proper planting methods, proper pruning, Emerald Ash Borer, information about Racine's public trees, and more. Bring your questions.

Racine-Kenosha Beekeepers Association: Information about bee types, raising and caring for bees, making of honey, and creating the right habitat for bees and other pollinators. View a demonstration hive.

Racine's Samuel Myers Park: Learn about Racine Health Department's restoration / creation of a prairie and coastal wetland habitat at the park, located on Lake Michigan at 11th Street. Also about a North Beach Master Plan.

Monarch butterflies: how to attract and create the right habitat to encourage their development and  their environmental benefits

Composting: Learn techniques to compost kitchen waste for the benefit of your soil.

How to “Green” your home: Steps you can begin taking today to reduce negative environmental impact.

Can what you grow:  Ask Mary Anne Weyker your canning questions; handouts available.


Children's activities

  • Children's crafts using natural elements (flowers, sticks, leaves, seeds) and repurposed items
  • Environmental displays geared to children of all ages.
  • Much much more

Children's activities are being hosted by Gateway's Biz Squad and Gateway's Center for Sustainable Living


Refreshments

  •  Fair Trade Coffee will be sold by Olympia Brown Congregation and Resurrection Lutheran.
  • R&R Cafe: Healthy muffins and fresh fruit