Community Environmental Health & Safety event


    “Ward 2 City Councilmember Paul Cunningham will be partnering with Sonora Environmental Research Institute, Inc. along with Tucson Fire Department, City of Tucson Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control Program and Habitat for Humanity to hold an environmental health and safety event.

    The City of Tucson Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control Program staff will be providing information on the hazards of lead-based pants and signing up families for the Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control Program. They will also be testing household items for lead.

    Sonora Environmental Research Institute, Inc. will be signing up low-income families for the Tucson Water/SERI low-income rainwater harvesting program and also providing information on rainwater harvesting. SERI will also host two mini workshops; rainwater harvesting and tree care.

    Low-income families that qualify will be able to signup for SERI’s home visit program which includes the rainwater harvesting program and installing safety equipment (smoke and carbon monoxide alarm, night lights and fire extinguishers).

    The Tucson Fire Department will on hand to hold a workshop, Remembering When – a fire and fall prevention program. TFD will also have a fire truck where families can interact with the fire crew and take pictures with the crew and truck.

    TEP customers will be eligible to receive a free tree. Free LED light bulbs will be given away and participants of the tree care class will be given free mulch.

    SERI’s Low-Income Rainwater Harvesting Program seeks to increase the participation of low-income families in Tucson Water’s rainwater harvesting rebate program. With funding from Tucson Water, the program provides a no-interest loan for families to pay for these systems and qualify for the Tucson Water rebate. For low-income families the program offers a grant of up to $400.”

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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).


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