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ACA Announces Seven Green Workshops for the 147th Congress of Correction

This year's ACA Conference offers another strong selection of workshops that focus on sustainability. From the US Army's efforts to introduce a beekeeping education program at Joint Base Lewis-McChord to a critical examination of what works in sustainability projects and what doesn't, this year's Congress promises to be informative and challenging. The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections (ODRC) will discuss their recent case study how ODRC examined their facility needs going forward looking at the advantages and disadvantages of construction vs. renovation.....

Article By: TommyNorris

VA DOC Publishes Earth Day Video

The Virginia Department of Corrections (DOC) published a YouTube video just in time for Earth Day 2017. Narrated by the Department's Recycling and Sustainability Manager, Lois Fegan, the video gives the viewer an insight into the many programs the DOC has that not only promote a healthier environment but also save the DOC tens of thousands of dollars annually. The DOC agricultural operation is the center of the video including the diverse composting operations that exist across the system, eliminating food waste from the waste stream and the costs that go along with it. Instead these waste products find their way back to the soil promoting even more growth for the farming operation......

Article By: TommyNorris

GreenPrisons Discussion and Blog now Accepting Members!

Talk of green prisons, energy efficient jails, and eco-friendly correctional standards continue as natural resources are depleted and incarceration rates increase. Discussion related to the need, value, and what is working for correctional institutions can be found in, "Prisons Going Green" by Michael Pittaro, and is further stimulated by NIC's "Green Corrections Challenge." As the correctional industry pathway becomes more focused on green initiatives, wants to open the communication between practitioners. .....

Article By: JameePeyton

ACA's Winter Conference Marks a Milestone for Sustainability

GreenPrisons Founder and CEO joined ACA President Mary Livers in cutting the cake to celebrate the establishment of ACA's Clean and Green Committee as a permanent, standing committee with a new name. The Committee will now be known as the Sustainability-Oriented and Environmentally Responsible Practices Committee. This action by ACA's membership marks a giant step forward for sustainability and for the Association. The celebration occurred during the Sustainability's regular meeting and in addition to President Livers participation ACA's Executive Director Jim Gondles also commented on the important role the Committee has played in the Association with the creation of the Green Aisle and .....

Article By: TommyNorris

GreenPrisons Says Thank You To Supporters of ACA Committee Celebration

As evidenced by articles elsewhere on this website the ACA committee that focuses on sustainability in corrections and that was the catalyst for the creation of GreenPrisons, Inc. achieved a milestone this year. As noted elsewhere, the Clean and Green Committee became the Sustainability-Oriented and Environmentally Responsible Practices Committee as a result of the recent ACA elections....

Article By: TommyNorris



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Join GreenPrisons in Celebrating Corrections Earth Day 2017

April 22nd marks the annual celebration of Earth Day in the US. Since 1970 citizens all over the US have used this day in early Spring to recognize the importance to current and future generations to be aware of the impact human beings have had on the planet...

TommyNorris | 4.17.2017


A corrections legend shares his experience

In this issue: News | Happenings | Pro Tips Hot off the Press A corrections legend shares his experience. There aren't many in the corrections industry Hot off the Press...

TommyNorris | 10.12.2015








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