April 3 - April 24, 2019

Carey Compton


"When you been working for the environment for over 30 years (i.e., 3 at USEPA and 27 at NJDEP), the EcoChallenge is where I go to find out HOW I can do even more for the Environment and combat Climate Change! "

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 595 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    meatless or vegan meals
  • up to
    travelled by bus
  • up to
  • up to
  • up to
    not traveled by car
  • up to
    spent learning



Reduce Animal Products

#4 Plant-Rich Diet

I will enjoy 3 meatless or vegan meal(s) each day of the challenge.


Land Use

Plant Trees

#15 Afforestation

I will plant 1 tree(s) in my community, public parks, or backyard.

One-Time Challenge

Land Use

Learn about Local Indigenous Practices

#39 Indigenous Peoples' Land Management

I will spend at least 5 minutes learning how local indigenous tribes are caring for the land by attending a training, workshop, or presentation.

One-Time Challenge

Women and Girls

Make School More Affordable

#6 Educating Girls

I will raise funds to help make school affordable for girls around the world.

One-Time Challenge

Women and Girls

Fund Family Planning

#7 Family Planning

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

One-Time Challenge


Use Public Transit

#37 Mass Transit

I will use public transit 21 mile(s) per day and avoid sending up to 6.82 lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.



Research and Consider Switching to a Hybrid or Electric Vehicle

#26 Electric Vehicles

I will spend at least 15 minutes researching and weighing my options to see if a hybrid or electric vehicle makes sense for my lifestyle.

One-Time Challenge

Electricity Generation

Advocate for Solar Installation

#10 Rooftop Solar

I will create a plan to and advocate for solar installation at my business, apartment building, or campus.

One-Time Challenge


  • Carey Compton 4/24/2019 5:23 PM
    I have planted 10 more little seedlings in my backyard.  Hope the rain establishes them well this spring. :-)

  • Carey Compton 4/18/2019 1:47 PM
    I carpooled today so there one one less of us on the roads today.  :-)  
  • Reflection Question
    Food Reduce Animal Products
    In your opinion, what contributes to people in North America eating more meat than any other countries? What does this say about North American values and ways of living?

    Carey Compton 4/17/2019 6:03 PM
    People in North American eat more meat in my opinion because we were all brought up on meat and potatoes mostly and the TV adds showed us what to eat including TV Dinners - remember those. OH my!  We are too keyed into the TV instead of getting outside more frequently so that we'd see the changes in the climate which is impacted by all the meat grown and eaten in North America.  Meat -growing negatively impacts our environment... we all need to change to a plant based diet.  They are coming up with some pretty meaty tasting veggie burgers these days.  

  • Carey Compton 4/17/2019 5:52 PM
    Wrote a check out to Planned Parenthood yesterday and sent it on it's way.  Hope to do more in the future.  

  • Carey Compton 4/17/2019 2:53 PM
    In order to help girls and women in Kenya I bought some bracelets from a local store that stocks Seed for Sew beaded bracelets etc. that goes to support their schooling and earn a better living. 
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  • Carey Compton 4/13/2019 5:37 AM
    Its a perfect day to plant more tree seedlings as we had a half of inch of rain overnight and more sprinkling this morning and expecting more later in the week so the seedlings won't dry out before getting established.  
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Generation Advocate for Solar Installation
    How does advocating for rooftop solar connect to your values? How might you be able to get others involved in advocating for the shift to clean energy?

    Carey Compton 4/12/2019 11:19 AM
    Getting rooftop solar is so much better for the environment than covering open space with solar or cutting down trees for solar because the space is already there on your rooftop and in New Jersey you don’t want to waste space in this small state. Also, do you know that solar panels are so much more efficient every year so if you have a cape with dormers and trees around, you can still install solar. In New Jersey the cost was 0 down and our electric bill will go down next month when they turn the solar recently installed on our roof, on next month. We are so excited to reduce our carbon footprint and encourage you to look into solar too. 
  • Reflection Question
    Land Use Plant Trees
    How is planting trees good for your mental, physical, and spiritual health?

    Carey Compton 4/07/2019 1:51 PM
    I planted two new spruce seedlings in my backyard. And plan to put some seedlings at the Pennington African Cemetery.
  • Reflection Question
    Transport Use Public Transit
    How has your access to various kinds of transporation throughout your life influenced your current attitudes about transportation and your transportation behavior?

    Carey Compton 4/06/2019 6:54 AM
    Yes, in my younger years, my bicycle was my mode of transportation that took me through graduate school.  A post high school year abroad in Europe got me hooked on public transportation. I took it all over the place and everyday.  Subsequently, I was able to take the metro public transport system in Washington D.C. to my first professional employment sealing the deal of LOVE for public transportation.  Although I drive a car now most of the time, the bus is my alternate mode of transportation that I welcome for a more relaxed commute to and from work.  I think NJ is a prime place for public transportation to flourish with its highly population density and relative small area.  Try public transport - www.NJtransit.gov 
  • Reflection Question
    Transport Research and Consider Switching to a Hybrid or Electric Vehicle
    Reducing (or eliminating) exhaust emissions and improving public health are two benefits of green vehicles. What other motivators inspire you to consider switching to a more fuel-efficient vehicle?

    Carey Compton 4/04/2019 1:44 PM
    My main motivation for a more fuel-efficient vehicle was that we in the USA use too much fossil fuels - we are addicted to them and now I bought (with a loan - so I am generating the economy too) a 2016 Prius to replace my 2010 Subaru.  The Subaru was only getting 23 mpg and the Prius gets 50 mpg with ease.