The Drachman Institute (DI) web site is http://www.DrachmanInstitute.org
Our community is unprepared to address the resulting impacts. A community-wide response is needed, and the LWVGT is committed to being a part of this. A neighborhood inventory will allow us to know our neighbors and what their needs might be in an emergency. Social gatherings and monthly neighborhood meetings are a good way to work together on this important endeavor.
Neighborhoods on the west side of Tucson recently had a power outage of several hours. When this occurs, we are inconvenienced, but there is a greater impact when power outages could occur in the summer for several days when temperatures are well over 100 degrees.
Imagine the impacts: no power for cooking, lighting, or cooling; water pumps cannot bring us water; gas pumps and ATM machines won't work. Phones will be out of service. Basic needs wouldn't be met, and people would become vulnerable.
Factors for heat casualties include neighborhood poverty, isolation, aging alone, homelessness, and border migration.
The time to prepare for this is now: Plan for this with your neighbors. Gather battery powered fans and flashlights, solar ovens, gas camping stoves and outdoor barbecues, water storage, spray bottles, shade cloth, and a gas powered generator. For more information, go to
See the "Our Affair with Plastic Bags - Part Two" story on page 5 in the November/December 2012 Newsletter for more details.
Other Information: Learn the Facts web site
See the "Disposing of Toxins" story on page 4 in the November/December 2012 Newsletter for more details.
Hazardous Collection Centers
Main Site -2440 W. Sweetwater Dr., Friday and Saturday, 8:oo a.m. + 12:00 noon
Los Reales Landfill - 5300 E. Los Reales Rd., Monday through Saturday, 6 a.m - 5 p.m.
Eastside City Hall -- 7575 E. Speedway Blvd., 1st Sat. of each month, 8 a.m. + 12 noon (except holidays)
Tucson Water Plant #2 -- 1102 W. Irvington Rd., 2nd Sat. of each month, 8 a.m. + 12 noon (except holidays)
Antifreeze, Batteries, Oil, and Paint Sites: Sahuarita Landfill, 16605 S. La Caņada Dr., M-Sat, 7:30 a.m. + 3:00 p.m.
Tangerine Road Landfill, 10220 W. Tangerine Rd., M-Sat, 7:30 a.m. + 3:00 p.m.
Catalina Transfer Station, 14425 N. Oracle Rd., Thurs. + Sat., 7:30 a.m. + 3:00 p.m.
Ryan Field Transfer Station, 6455 S. Continental Rd.,
Thurs. + Sat., 7:30 a.m. + 3 p.m.
Some materials that everyone knows are recyclable, like glass, may be too heavy for profitable reuse due to the high shipping costs. In Tucson some of the recycled pulverized glass is used locally to mix with dirt for landfill cover material.
See our Links page for many of the Greater Tucson area recycle centers and lists of materials that are recyclable.
For some Recycle Links, click (here)