Monthly Archives: April 2012

Eco Health Festival

Saturday, April 21st from  10 am – 4 pm

936 NW 31st Ave, Gainesville, FL  (Agape Faith Center)


What is the Eco-Health Festival?

The Koppers Superfund site is located in northwest Gainesville within walking distance for thousands of people. In 2009, it was discovered that toxic chemicals from Koppers, including dioxin, have been blown into area neighborhoods by dust carried in the wind. Testing has shown these chemicals in nearby yards and there is concern that dioxin from Koppers is in homes too.  A study of dioxin in house dust is planned to begin soon. Unfortunately, dioxin can cause serious health problems, even in very small amounts. So, since we are unsure about how much of these chemicals from Koppers is in our yards and homes, it is best to take steps to avoid them.

At the Eco-Health Festival, you can learn more about a range of issues related to living near Koppers, as well as how to reduce your family’s exposure to many other potentially harmful chemicals we encounter in our daily lives. Taking common-sense precautions to protect our health CAN make a difference. Come celebrate EARTH DAY with us, April 21st at the Eco-Health Festival!

Dale Crider, Tom Shed, Learning Arts Academy Singers,The Hogtown Pickers, Rise Up Singing!, Amanda Guerrigues

Moon Walk and Gator Bounce, Face Painting, Games, Eco-Art, Prize Drawings, Child Care


Long-time residents of the Stephen Foster Neighborhood – sharing perspectives
Glenn Acomb, UF Landscape Architect – Improving remediated neighborhoods
Kedesch Altidor – USEPA environmental justice program
Russell Anderson – Safe gardening when the soil is contaminated
Rick Bernal – Practical ways to reduce the amount of dust in your home
Pat Cline, PhD – The upcoming House Dust Study – what it’s all about
Tom Hundersmarck, PhD – Our different responses to & perspectives about Koppers
Julia, Jade and Pearl – Safe, effective body products for kids
Jay Lessl, UF Soil & Water Science – Cleaning up soil with plants
Liberty Phoenix Lord – Eliminating toxics in home building
Mayor Craig Lowe – City support of neighborhoods slated for remediation
Sabrina Lutes, LMT – Reducing chemical exposures in infants and children
Susan Marynowski – Herbs for immune system and liver support
Maria Minno, PhD – Immune health through diet
Raven Moonlight – Immune boosting through stress reduction
John Mousa, PhD – The onsite impact of chemicals at Koppers
Mallory O’Conner – The Superfund Art Project
Robert Pearce – The Stephen Foster Neighborhood Association
Kim Popejoy – Protect Gainesville Citizens community support group
Paul Rothstein, PA – The class-action lawsuit against Koppers
Jennifer Springfield, PA – Disclosure law for renting/buying near a Superfund site
Barton Wilder, IFAS – Non-toxic pest control
Dean Williams, PhD – What the residential clean-up is all about
Check the website for a schedule of events April 10th, or contact Ky at for more information