Monthly Archives: December 2010

Shelter Overhaul Fights Bedbugs

Extensive reconstructions of a men’s shelter in Mesa, Arizona are being cited by the press as a model example of how to counter bedbug infestations. Scientists from the University of Arizona are teaming up with a construction company owner, Shane Orlando, who has persuaded eight companies to donate more than $20,000 to the cause. Orlando’s work appears to be his project in Landmark Education’s Self-Expression and Leadership Program.

According to an article at AZ Central, the work was part of a Landmark effort to gain funding to eliminate bedbug infestations at public shelters, and to increase awareness of the problem. Orlando’s partner in his efforts, Dawn Gouge (an etymologist whose efforts guided the work at the Mesa shelter), is seeking $190,000 in grants to take on the issue at other shelters.