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April 3 - April 24, 2019
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Louisa Lubiak



  • 0 TODAY
  • 731 TOTAL

participant impact

  • UP TO
    gallons of water
    have been saved
  • UP TO
    meatless or vegan meals
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    spent learning

Louisa's actions


Research and Consider Switching to a Hybrid or Electric Vehicle

#26 Electric Vehicles

I will spend at least 60 minutes researching and weighing my options to see if a hybrid or electric vehicle makes sense for my lifestyle.



Fix Leaky Faucets

#46 Water Saving - Home

I will fix faucets or report leaky faucets to facilities that have been wasting up to 9 gallons (34 L) of water per faucet every day.



Reduce Animal Products

#4 Plant-Rich Diet

I will enjoy 1 meatless or vegan meal(s) each day of the challenge.


Land Use

Forest-Friendly Foods 1

#5 Tropical Forests

I will spend at least 60 minutes researching the impact of my diet to see how it contributes to deforestation.



Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates

#3 Reduced Food Waste

I will spend at least 60 minutes learning how to differentiate between sell by, use by, and best by dates.


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  • Louisa Lubiak's avatar
    Louisa Lubiak 4/23/2019 11:18 AM
    My sister-in-law sent me a ham, which I served for Easter dinner, and there's a lot left over. It was already frozen, so I don't want to refreeze it. Finishing it off this week is throwing-off my Daily Challenge to eat a meat-free meal. At least I'm not wasting food by leaving it in the fridge and forgetting about it!

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    Louisa Lubiak 4/20/2019 1:58 PM
    I live about 4 miles from work. I could commute by walking or bicycling but I don't feel safe walking thru Trenton. I am also in my late 50's, and although I'm active and healthy, I am fatigued at the end of a work day. I need to replace my aging car this year and am looking into buying a hybrid vehicle. My short commute is perfect for an electric vehicle, but I need to be able to drive longer distances too.

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      Addy Davidson 4/20/2019 2:32 PM
      Louisa, I would recommend a Volt.  Ours do 60 miles or so on electric only, and then we switch over to gas for the longer trips.  We cut our $300/month gas bill down to less than $40.  (You probably don't drive as much as we do -- we use them for business).  But the Volt is a wonderful compromise, with lots of electric only, but still full-gas range.  We took a trip up the coast in it last year.  Charged up at our hotels, but confidently drove 200 miles on gas when we needed to.  Chevy didn't sell these well (didn't advertise, the dodos!) so there are lots of 3 year old Volts coming available on the used market, because they were leases.  Just an idea!  (our Volts are now about 3 years old, and no problems at all for us.)

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    Louisa Lubiak 4/18/2019 4:39 PM
    I believe that just getting the developed world to go veg is only part of the solution to ecological sustainability; growing crops on an industrial scale is environmentally disruptive and too petrochemical dependent. There needs to be a reduction in the global human population or we will eat ourselves out of house-and-home. Unfortunately, economic advancement under the current capitalist system requires a steadily growing population of laborers and consumers.

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    Louisa Lubiak 4/18/2019 4:24 PM
    Hoo boy! I just researched how my upscale diet contributes to tropical deforestation. Yes, I eat beef, but I am cutting way back on it in my diet. I don't use palm oil anymore, and even coconut products are not guilt -free. Tea, coffee, almonds, pistachios, cashews, quinoa, you name it - it seems that whatever I eat causes environmental problems somewhere due to industrial farming practices and the voracious appetite of the global market economy. I think I'll go eat some plastic now :-(

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    Louisa Lubiak 4/17/2019 5:54 AM
    I heard an NPR radio report that plastic particles are not only in the ocean but are also in the air. There are scientific studies regarding the effects of dust particulates in the atmosphere - such as how wind-blown dust from dried-up lakes in Africa seed South American rainforests with much-needed nutrients. But there are no studies regarding the impacts of plastic particulates in the air - much of which appear to be microfibers from textile manufacturing and probably also due to shedding during daily wear.

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    Louisa Lubiak 4/16/2019 11:25 AM
    It is a challenge just maintaining daily check-ins! This coming weekend is the last chance I'll get for completing my One-Time Challenges.

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      Carey Compton 4/18/2019 1:51 PM
      Tell our team they can each earn 150 points by donating $30 to EcoChallenge.  It's at the bottom of each dashboard of what else can you do to earn points.  

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    Louisa Lubiak 4/15/2019 5:47 AM
    More than half-way thru the Drawdown EcoChallenge and EcoLogicals is making good progress. We even acquired one more team member!

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    Louisa Lubiak 4/14/2019 12:40 PM
    I like to eat oatmeal as a savory breakfast - with butter, cheese and a fried egg on top. I found that it is just as tasty with butter, nutritional yeast and nuts & seeds on top. It's not vegan but it is vegetarian, and healthier too.

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    Louisa Lubiak 4/12/2019 10:49 AM
    Seton Hall University is kicking our EcoLogicals butt in our NJ teams competition. But that's OK - Go Pirates!

    • Wanda Knapik's avatar
      Wanda Knapik 4/12/2019 6:12 PM
      Thanks Louisa! 
      Yes, Seton Hall participates in NJHEPS.  A great group.

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    Louisa Lubiak 4/11/2019 1:00 PM
    I decided to finally use a little container of dental floss that I got a while ago from my dentist's office. It has an expiration date on it that already passed. Really? Dental floss has an incredibly long shelf life - it will probably outlast me!