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Iulia Stoenica

Greening of EU Cluj

"Think sustainable, act responsible!"

POINTS TOTAL

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  • 0 THIS WEEK
  • 1,799 TOTAL

participant impact

  • UP TO
    74
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • UP TO
    9.2
    pounds
    food waste prevented
  • UP TO
    259
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • UP TO
    1.0
    energy audit
    conducted
  • UP TO
    1.0
    Carbon Footprint
    Calculated
  • UP TO
    1.0
    waste audit
    conducted
  • UP TO
    1.0
    water footprint
    calculated
  • UP TO
    459
    gallons of water
    have been saved
  • UP TO
    2.0
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • UP TO
    2.0
    community events
    hosted or attended
  • UP TO
    4.0
    hours
    volunteered
  • UP TO
    20
    trees
    planted
  • UP TO
    2,340
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • UP TO
    1,125
    minutes
    spent learning

Iulia's actions

Climate + Air

Low Carbon Diet

Carbon is emitted into the atmosphere in a variety of ways, including through the foods we eat and food we waste. I will learn about low carbon foods and replace higher carbon foods with them in my diet.

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

Land + Forests

30 for 30 in Nature

Studies have shown that when we spend consistent time in nature, our health improves, our creativity increases, and our connection to the planet gets stronger. Each day of the Ecochallenge, I will spend 30 minutes outside (in a large or small patch of nature), then share my observations, reflections, and learnings on the feed.

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Community

Sustainability Lunch and Learn

Learning in a social setting can inspire connection and change. I will work with a friend or colleague to plan and host a lunch and learn at work, school, in my neighborhood or other location to learn more about an environmental topic important to me. After the lunch and learn, I will share more about it on the feed.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Biodiversity + Wildlife

Endangered Species

Wildlife and biodiversity play an important role on our planet and are being threatened each year. I will spend 60 minutes each day learning about the current status of local or global wildlife and how I can align my actions to support their livelihood.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Land + Forests

Personal Waste Audit

The waste we create daily can go unnoticed. I will track the waste I create in a day and post a photo log on the feed to see how much I create and where I can make different choices to reduce my waste going forward.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Climate + Air

Stay on the Ground

Carbon emissions from air travel is harmful to planetary and human health. Instead of traveling by plane, I will find an alternative way to accomplish the goals of an upcoming trip (i.e. telepresence, vacation locally).

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Freshwater + Oceans

Smart Seafood Choices

We need to support healthy seafood populations. I will spend 60 minutes learning about sustainable seafood choices, commit to making better seafood choices for a healthier ocean, and share what I learned on the feed.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Freshwater + Oceans

Raise Awareness for the Conservation of Freshwater and Oceans

I will spend 60 minutes learning more about the importance of freshwater + ocean conservation, and how I can reduce my water use. I will share what I learn with people in person, on social media, and on the feed.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Freshwater + Oceans

Understand My Water Footprint

Each of us has a water footprint, directly linked to our daily activities as well as the water required in the production of things we use each day. Understanding our water use is important for a healthy planet. I will calculate my water footprint and look for a few ways I can reduce consumption or waste, then share what I learned on the feed.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Biodiversity + Wildlife

Save the Bees

Bees are vital to ecosystems. To help save the bees, I will learn which local flowers provide nectar and plant them in my backyard or in a pot on my balcony.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Climate + Air

Online Energy Audit

Energy use and waste is often invisible. I will complete an online energy audit of my home, office, or dorm room and identify my next steps for saving energy.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Climate + Air

Calculate My Carbon Impact

Carbon emissions can show up in many surprising ways in our life. I will calculate the carbon emissions associated with my household and consider how lifestyle changes could reduce the carbon footprint and impacts on the environment.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Biodiversity + Wildlife

Invest in Nature

A healthy world needs both our daily actions and support from larger systems. I will spend 120 minutes learning about how I can use my investments and savings to advance environmental sustainability.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Biodiversity + Wildlife

Beauty and Personal Products

Beauty and personal products can create a lot of waste. I will spend 60 minutes learning about the beauty and body products I use to see if they are refillable or recyclable. If not, I will reach out to the manufacturer to advocate for those options.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Biodiversity + Wildlife

Seek Alternative Gifts and Souvenirs

When traveling, I will seek souvenirs that support local communities and do not cause harm to the environment or wildlife.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Land + Forests

Zero Waste Day

The impacts of our waste are far reaching. I will create zero waste for an entire day and share my reflections and learnings on the feed.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Land + Forests

Explore My Area

When we explore natural spaces around us, our connections with them change. I will spend 120 minutes exploring a new area around my neighborhood, office, or campus (e.g., park, water body, nearby trail, community garden, green space, etc.).

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Freshwater + Oceans

Reduce Pollutants in Cleaning

Understanding cleaning product ingredients and their effect on water and biodiversity is helpful to our consumer choices. I will spend 120 minutes learning about how cleaning products affect our water and try making my own cleaning products to reduce pollutants.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Action Track: Community

Borrow Before I Buy

Why buy something I will only use once or a few times if someone nearby has it for me to borrow, and why not share something I have that someone may only need a few times a year? To reduce my consumption and waste, I will create or support the sharing economy with friends, family, colleagues or neighbors.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Action Track: Community

Volunteer in my Community

I will volunteer 5 hours in my community.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Biodiversity + Wildlife

Leave No Trace

I will respect and protect biotic communities by practicing the seven principles of Leave No Trace whenever I am outside.

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

Biodiversity + Wildlife

Reduce Animal Products

One kilogram of beef and cheese emits 71kg and 24kg of greenhouse gasses, while 1kg of rice, grains, and legumes emits between 2-4kg. Fruits, vegetables, and nuts emit less than 1kg per 1kg. I will reduce my climate impact by enjoying 1 meatless meals and/or 1 vegan meals each day this week.

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

Climate + Air

Weekly Meal Planning

One third of all food produced worldwide is wasted, and so is the energy it takes to produce and transport that food. I will reduce food waste and save money by planning a weekly menu, only buying the ingredients I need and eating what I planned each day.

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

Freshwater + Oceans

Join a Cleanup Effort

I will organize or participate in a trash pickup at a local river, beach, or natural body of water.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Action Track: Community

Plant Trees

Trees capture carbon and produce oxygen that is essential to life on earth. I will support this important piece of nature by organizing or joining a community group to plant 5 native trees in my community, public parks, office location, campus or backyard.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Participant Feed

Reflection, encouragement, and relationship building are all important aspects of getting a new habit to stick.
Share thoughts, encourage others, and reinforce positive new habits on the Feed.

To get started, share “your why.” Why did you join the challenge and choose the actions you did?


  • Iulia Stoenica's avatar
    Iulia Stoenica 4/30/2024 12:31 AM
    Participating in this year's EcoChallenge has been truly transformative for me.
    As a flexitarian, I've made conscious efforts to reduce my environmental footprint by making sustainable food choices. In addition to planting trees and participating in clean-up activities around my building, I've also volunteered at a canteen for the elderly.
    This experience has not only increased my awareness of environmental issues but has also inspired me to take tangible action.
    Being part of a community dedicated to positive change has been incredibly motivating.
    Overall, the EcoChallenge has played a significant role in my journey toward becoming a more environmentally conscious and active individual.
    See you next year!
    Let's Go Together!

  • Iulia Stoenica's avatar
    Iulia Stoenica 4/28/2024 11:42 PM
    In Romania urmeaza minivacanta de 1 mai si Pastele Ortodox.
    Daca iesiti la iarba verde zilele astea urmati regulile de mai jos:

  • Iulia Stoenica's avatar
    Iulia Stoenica 4/28/2024 5:36 AM
    Only 2 days left.
    Did you learned some good habits this Ecochallenge edition?

    • Tudor Sevciuc's avatar
      Tudor Sevciuc 4/29/2024 6:52 AM
      It was really nice to participate in this edition. I managed to do a lot of activities related to environmental protection.

  • Iulia Stoenica's avatar
    Iulia Stoenica 4/27/2024 11:03 AM
    Viața la țară, intoarcerea la origini😍


  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Freshwater + Oceans Join a Cleanup Effort
    How does working with others to clean up your community make you feel? What results did you see? Please consider posting a photo of your cleanup!

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    Iulia Stoenica 4/26/2024 4:55 AM
    This is what a neighbor from the building next to me was throwing from the balcony. I collect them about every two weeks, but after a while I find the same thing in that place. He or she does this every day, because at the end of each week there are at least 5-6 bottles.


    • Maria Margin's avatar
      Maria Margin 4/26/2024 9:33 PM
      This is so sad and I hope you or authorities can teach a lesson

  • Iulia Stoenica's avatar
    Iulia Stoenica 4/25/2024 9:58 PM
    @Cluj Team: don't forget about the Someș Cleanup event today! Meeting point: W1 building, at 3 pm.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Climate + Air Online Energy Audit
    Where did you do an energy audit (work, home, school, other) and what did you learn?

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    Iulia Stoenica 4/25/2024 9:54 PM
    In Romania for new buildings is mandatory to have an energy performance certificate. And according to this certificate the apartment I live in is class A, meaning it has high energy efficiency.


    • Olaru Ciprian's avatar
      Olaru Ciprian 4/26/2024 2:57 AM
      And is usually done by phone where the auditor is making this based on some basic information he receives from the ones demanding the certificate. I would not trust the ones coming from the builder of the apartments.
      This is an example of what can be improved in this country that can have a big effect. Infrared thermography should be mandatory to check the effectiveness of insulation in a building's construction when issuing such certificates. Even blower door tests in newer buildings. And the auditors should be checked by a higher authority, otherwise a lot of money is wasted on badly implemented insulation. I recommend the YouTube channels of Soflete and the social media of Zecaph to see real life examples of wasted money on new and expensive buildings.

    • Tudor Sevciuc's avatar
      Tudor Sevciuc 4/25/2024 10:19 PM
      Totally agree with you.

  • Iulia Stoenica's avatar
    Iulia Stoenica 4/24/2024 11:19 PM
    @Emerson Cluj Team: don't forget about the Someș Cleanup event tomorrow!
    Check here how it went last year!

    https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:ugcPost:7059089672009826304/

  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Freshwater + Oceans Raise Awareness for the Conservation of Freshwater and Oceans
    What did you learn about freshwater and oceans you did not already know? In sharing this information with people in your life, which conversation was impactful to you?

    Iulia Stoenica's avatar
    Iulia Stoenica 4/23/2024 11:54 PM
    Only 2.5% of all water in the world is fresh water, and less than 1% of this is accessible, yet this resource is essential for all life on Earth.
    Fresh water is needed for drinking water, agriculture, irrigation, industry and power generation. In addition, 10% of the world’s animal species live exclusively in freshwater habitats, many of which are currently threatened with extinction. It has never been more important to protect our freshwater environments.
    This is acknowledged by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, in particular Goal 6: ‘Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all’. The two most important issues with fresh water on a global scale are its quantity (or scarcity) and its quality.
    Water quantity
    By the year 2050, nearly half of our world’s population will be living in areas where fresh water has become a scarce natural resource.
    Today, over a quarter of our cities globally are already facing water stresses during six months of the year. Over a billion people worldwide still do not have basic access to water resources.
    While water scarcity risks are highest in and around the Middle East, this is very much a global problem, with major cities such as London, Tokyo, Miami, Bangalore, Moscow and Cape Town also at risk.
    With consumption rates of the human population increasing every year, particularly in urban areas which are already densely populated, this makes it even more important that we protect the quality of the existing freshwater resources that we do have.

    • Nicoleta Lupoaie's avatar
      Nicoleta Lupoaie 4/24/2024 4:08 AM
      One critical aspect often overlooked is the interconnectedness of freshwater and oceanic ecosystems. While freshwater makes up only a small fraction of Earth's total water, it plays a crucial role in regulating the health and biodiversity of marine environments.

      Freshwater ecosystems, such as rivers, lakes, and wetlands, serve as vital habitats and breeding grounds for various species of fish, amphibians, and other aquatic life. These habitats also play a significant role in the natural filtration and purification of water, helping to maintain water quality and support marine biodiversity downstream.

      Furthermore, the health of freshwater ecosystems directly impacts coastal and marine environments. For example, the nutrient-rich runoff from rivers and streams can fuel algal blooms in coastal waters, leading to oxygen depletion and harmful impacts on marine life. Conversely, healthy freshwater habitats help mitigate pollution and maintain the balance of marine ecosystems.

      Recognizing the interconnected nature of freshwater and marine environments underscores the importance of holistic conservation efforts that address both land-based and oceanic threats to water quality and biodiversity. Protecting and restoring freshwater ecosystems not only benefits terrestrial wildlife but also contributes to the resilience and sustainability of coastal and marine ecosystems, ultimately safeguarding the health of our planet as a whole.

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    Iulia Stoenica 4/23/2024 10:46 PM
    Check this link below to find out the CO2 footprint of almost everything around us

    https://www.co2everything.com/