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Louisa Lubiak

NJDEP EcoLogicals

"I put the mental in environMENTAL"


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Women and Girls

Support Women-Owned Businesses

#62 Women Smallholders

I will support women-owned businesses when I shop this month.


Women and Girls

Fund Family Planning

#7 Family Planning

I will donate to supply a community with reproductive health supplies.



Keep Track of Wasted Food

#3 Reduced Food Waste

I will keep a daily log of food I throw away during the EcoChallenge, either because it went bad before I ate it, I put too much on my plate, or it was scraps from food preparation.


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  • Louisa Lubiak's avatar
    Louisa Lubiak 4/25/2018 9:38 AM
    I have more food items that I will donate to the CWA Union food drive at my office.

    • Carey  Compton's avatar
      Carey Compton 4/25/2018 5:58 PM
      Great Job Louisa, and very thoughtful. Thank you for being our leader again.  

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    Louisa Lubiak 4/24/2018 4:55 PM
    This is how nature, our mother, acts toward us. First, she gives us life. And then, as though that were not miracle enough, she revives us daily, bringing us back to life each dawn, just as she brought us into life that first time. Then she gives us food, enough to sustain ourselves throughout our days...
    ~Roman prayer to the earth, 3rd century C.E.

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    Louisa Lubiak 4/23/2018 11:30 AM
    I decided many years ago that I didn't want to have children. I'm now in my 50s, have no children and have no regrets. I wonder what the long-term implications of my choice are on my carbon footprint?

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    Louisa Lubiak 4/22/2018 6:34 PM
    I may not be doing as much as I could when it comes to reducing my carbon footprint, but I know I am inspiring others to make positive changes in their own lives.

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      Joan Olawski-Stiener 4/25/2018 8:39 AM
      Thank you for leading our team every time!!!   I greatly appreciate it and have learned so much.

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    Louisa Lubiak 4/21/2018 3:40 PM
    I volunteered today at my community garden. This past fall I planted 32 garlic bulbs. I counted 31 sprouting today, each about 8-10 inches high. My chosen chore for the day was digging-up compost from the compost pile & hauling it by wheelbarrow to the raised beds. I am pleasantly tired now!

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      Carey Compton 4/22/2018 8:55 AM
      What a great feeling and great job you have done Louisa.  You deserve a day to relax and enjoy nature.  I know we celebrate it every day - none-the-less, Happy Earth Day!

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    Louisa Lubiak 4/20/2018 3:39 PM
    I'm donating funds to Planned Parenthood in New Jersey where I work, and I donated money to fight for reproductive rights in Pennsylvania where I live.

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    Louisa Lubiak 4/19/2018 10:35 AM
    The food waste log I am keeping as one of my challenges is showing me that I waste very little. I'm a single person, so I don't have a family to deal with, but my boyfriend does waste more than I do. He doesn't use all the pancake batter he mixes-up, only what readily pours out of the measuring cup. He tends to overcook and burn food - he likes food "charred" and I prefer it without the extra carcinogens!

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    Louisa Lubiak 4/18/2018 7:09 PM
    Busy day today. Checking-in late tonight.

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    Louisa Lubiak 4/17/2018 12:15 PM
    I was off gluten for a while but lately I've gotten back into eating it again. The symptoms are starting to return, so I probably do have a gluten sensitivity. Now I have to get rid of the left-over pizza and bread that I bought this past week. I'll put it out in the backyard for the birds and squirrels, if they want it. Or maybe the raccoons will find it first. Food allergies and sensitivities must cause people to waste food that they want to eat, but find out they shouldn't eat until after the food has been brought home.

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    Louisa Lubiak 4/16/2018 10:49 AM
    This morning I had a dentist appointment. In the waiting room was a drop-box with a sign saying one could put any used toothbrushes, toothbrush outer packaging, toothpaste tubes and caps, toothpaste cartons, and dental floss containers in the box for recycling. The Colgate Oral Care Recycling Program is a joint program with TerraCycle, a company based in Trenton, NJ, that recycles the "non-recyclable". TerraCycle is AWESOME!

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      Carey Compton 4/16/2018 3:55 PM
      That is awesome to know, Louisa.  Thanks for sharing and who is your dentist cause I want them to start handing out bamboo toothbrushes instead of the plastic ones like mine gives out.