October 11 - October 25, 2017

Louisa Lubiak

NJDEP EcoLogicals

"Maintaining a daily practice of 'human-being' rather than 'human-doing'."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 465 Total



De-Clutter My Home

I will de-clutter, clean, and donate or recycle unneeded items in my home.



Visit a Waste Management Facility

I will visit a local dump/transfer station, material recovery facility, and/or landfill to learn about the waste stream.

One-Time Challenge


Tend a Garden

I will tend to a garden each day, or work on starting one.



  • Louisa Lubiak 10/25/2017 1:14 PM
    I was not able to complete all my challenges every day, and I wasn't able to fulfill my one-time challenge. :-(  However, I did donate some $$ to NWEI, which I try to do every year, so I did manage to accrue some extra points. :-)

  • Louisa Lubiak 10/24/2017 6:48 AM
    I really fell short of meeting my challenges this year. I did some de-cluttering, but other obligations took precedence over my daily de-cluttering goals. I couldn't tend the garden daily, as the community garden where I planted my garlic is an hour drive away - only reachable on weekends. And a work assignment got in the way of achieving my one-time challenge. :-(

  • Louisa Lubiak 10/24/2017 6:43 AM
    This coming Friday, I am signed-up to participate in NJDEP Volunteer Day. This volunteer activity will take place at the Elmora Community Garden in Elizabeth, NJ. Proposed projects include: community plot garden clean-up & adding additional wood chips; micro farm clean-up & garlic planting; and building raised beds and installing benches for senior citizens. Because this activity takes place after the EcoChallenge, I don't think I can take credit for it toward my challenge of tending a garden.

  • Louisa Lubiak 10/24/2017 6:35 AM
    Today I was signed-up to go on a trip to Burlington County Resource Recovery Complex in Mansfield, NJ. I'm taking a course through my office titled, "Wastewater & Environmental Infrastructure Operations". Each month there is an in-house lecture and an on-site visit to a wastewater treatment plant or recycling facility. Due to a last-minute work assignment, I couldn't go on the trip today. Bummer! No points toward my one-time challenge of visiting a waste management facility! :-(

  • Louisa Lubiak 10/23/2017 9:39 AM
    Here are 4 of the 6 garlic sprouts coming up in my garlic patch!
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  • Louisa Lubiak 10/19/2017 6:40 AM
    I re-purposed plastic spiral binder covers from old reports. I recycled the papers at work, then at home I cut the covers to fit in the bottom of my cloth grocery bags. Now my cloth bags have a supportive "floor" again!
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  • Louisa Lubiak 10/18/2017 6:25 AM
    Here's a pic of my first garlic sprout at about 4-inches tall.
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  • Louisa Lubiak 10/17/2017 8:36 AM
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    Here's a pic of my garlic bed!

  • Louisa Lubiak 10/16/2017 6:28 AM

    • Louisa Lubiak 10/17/2017 2:15 PM
      Joan, the co-op built the beds and I was given this one to use for my garlic. I did, however, have to add 3-4 wheelbarrows' worth of soil to the existing structure before planting the garlic.

    • Joan Olawski-Stiener 10/17/2017 8:42 AM
      That's beautiful Louisa!  Did you make all these raised beds?  Very awesome!

    • Louisa Lubiak 10/16/2017 6:31 AM
      I can't seem to get the photo of my garlic bed into the EcoChallenge blog feed. :-(

  • Louisa Lubiak 10/16/2017 6:27 AM
    Here's a pic of my garlic bed.