About Us

GreenPrisons.org was created to provide a forum between providers of sustainable products and services and correctional administrators. The website promotes dialogue, provides news on sustainable projects in corrections and provides training and technical assistance networking services.

We are committed to helping corrections find sustainable solutions to save/generate dollars, provide meaningful work and training opportunities for offenders, and to assist institutions in becoming good neighbors to their community by reducing their footprint on local environmental services. GreenPrisons services are provided without charge to correctional agencies and practitioners.

 


 

GP Staff

Tommy Norris
President / CEO

Tommy Norris Tommy Norris is an experienced correctional practitioner with over 45 years experience in the field. He began his career at what is now the Federal Medical Center in Lexington, KY, as a correctional officer in 1971. Progressing steadily through the ranks of the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) he has worked as a correctional supervisor, investigator, case manager and institution training manager.
In 1985 Tommy was transferred to the National Institute of Corrections Academy (NIC) in Boulder (now Aurora), Colorado, where he assumed responsibility for all prison related training programs as well as several courses in the general management series.
Following his stint at NIC he was detailed to the Indiana Department of Correction as the Deputy Commissioner of Programs and Staff Development
He concluded his Bureau career in 1999 as the BOP’s Accreditation Manager which included the oversight and management of the implementation of agency-wide accreditation.
After his retirement Tommy taught in the Corrections and Juvenile Justice Department at Eastern Kentucky University, from 1999 until that program was eliminated in 2009.
He was named as Chair of the new Sustainability Committee for the American Correctional Association (ACA) in January 2010, and continues to hold that position. In August of 2011 he formed GreenPrisons.org to promote sustainability in corrections. Mr. Norris speaks nationally on the topic of sustainability at correctional conferences and for government agencies. He has published numerous articles on the topic in Corrections Today, American Jail and the Journal of the National Correctional Industries Association and similar publications.
Mr. Norris holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of Kentucky (1976) and a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Eastern Kentucky University (1980).

Contact Information:
CEO
(859) 582-1900
Tommy@GreenPrisons.org

Jamee Peyton
Operations Manager

Jamee Peyton Jamee Peyton joined the GreenPrisons.org team as Operations Manager in January 2016. She has three years of experience working in private security through the Federal Medical Center (FMC) in Lexington, Kentucky; along with independent practice during an internship in case management through FMC in a correctional setting. Jamee has initiated and implemented not-for-profit fundraising work, managed business administration, and promotional advertising for the past five years. Through additional volunteer efforts as a Court Appointed Special advocate, she has become well-versed in programming and resources available for victims as well as offenders of domestic crimes. Jamee has a passion for the rehabilitation efforts associated with both juvenile and adult offenders, along with an appreciation for the thriving efforts to value and modestly expend environmental resources. Reducing unnecessary environmental impacts while enhancing the functionality of correctional institutions has brought Jamee to GreenPrisons.org with emphasis on green technologies, sustainable practice, and enhancement of inmate skill and post-incarceration opportunities. Jamee is a Bachelors level Eastern Kentucky University graduate of the Criminal Justice program (2010), and currently completing her Masters in Forensic Clinical Counseling.

Contact Information:
Operations Manager
(859) 329-7955
Jamee@GreenPrisons.org


GP Senior Advisers

Paul Sheldon

Paul SheldonPaul Sheldon is a senior development consultant that has provided development assistance to numerous agencies, for-profit, non-profit, public benefit, social change, social justice, and community development organizations. He specializes in green re-entry planning; green jobs development; greening correctional institutions; organization development; neighborhood, organizational, regional, and national sustainability; sustainable agriculture; resource efficiency planning; implementing sustainability; fund raising; board development; and staff training. He consults widely for correctional institutions, businesses, governments, non-profit groups, entrepreneurs, and philanthropists.

Paul served as primary author for reports on Economic and Energy Alternatives to proposed coal mining on the Navajo Nation, solar potential on Black Mesa, the REEL in Alaska Roadmap to energy efficiency in the Railbelt Region around Anchorage, and the Fairbanks First Fuel Analysis, documenting opportunities for efficiency improvements in electricity use in Fairbanks, Alaska. He has also authored scholarly articles on the Helix of Sustainable Management and the Integrated Bottom Line. As part of his commitment to greening America’s prisons and jails, Paul served as primary author for the Greening Corrections Technology Guidebook published by the National Institute of Justice National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center of Excellence as well as the American Correctional Association’s Policy and Standard on Environmentally Responsible and Sustainability-Oriented Practices, and publishes a monthly article on greening corrections on the Green Prisons website and on www.CorrectionsOne.com.

View Mr. Sheldon's Green Prisons Blog.

George H. Berghorn

George BerghornGeorge H. Berghorn, LEED AP BD+C has worked in various aspects of sustainability for the past 16 years. He specializes in sustainability planning and implementation; energy efficient new construction and retrofit; green building rating systems; greening correctional facilities; construction management; environmental remediation; resource policy; grant writing and management; and non-profit management.

In private practice, he has consulted for the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority, the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection, a WK Kellogg Foundation-funded consortium, and the Allen Neighborhood Center in Lansing, Michigan. He has worked as an HVAC installer, field technician, owner’s representative, site superintendent, and construction project manager on residential, commercial, and environmental construction; brownfield redevelopment; and hazardous site assessment projects in over 17 states. George was a policy director for a statewide association where he managed a state and federal legislative agenda, technical assistance, and a sustainable product certification committee. His career in higher education started as an adjunct faculty member and later a Department Chairman and Dean of community college career and technical programs, to include building design and construction, energy management, information technology, and corrections.

George currently serves as a Senior Advisor with GreenPrisons, where he works on energy, mechanical system, lighting, fuels, and retrofit programs. He brings extensive construction, energy, and sustainability experience to GreenPrisons, along with a background in non-profit management and grants. George has served in executive leadership for organizations focused on resource protection and youth development. He has been an invited speaker at national and regional events by the National Wildlife Federation and Jobs for the Future, the National Science Foundation, the Pew Foundation, the Community Economic Development Association of Michigan, and the Forest Products Society, and he has been a guest lecturer at Michigan State University and Yale University. George has brought over $2.2 million in research, education, and natural resources project grants over 8 years. He has published in Corrections Today, the Remediation Journal, and the Journal of Architectural Engineering, where one of his papers has been among the top ten most read papers since it was published in 2011.

George has a BS degree in Earth Science (water resources focus) and Political Science from the SUNY College at Brockport and a Master of Environmental Studies degree in Coastal and Watershed Systems from the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He is currently a PhD Candidate in Construction Management at Michigan State University where his research is focused on risks in the energy performance contracting process in correctional facilities. He is a member of the American Council for Construction Education, the U.S. Green Building Council, and the American Correctional Association, where he has been active with the Clean and Green Committee. He is also active in his community, serving on the Board of Directors for the Potter Park Zoo, the Housing Caucus of the Allen Neighborhood Center, and the leadership team of Restoration Works in Lansing. A native of New York City, George currently resides in Lansing, Michigan.

Southern Sustainability Forum November 14, 2017 in Ft. Myers FL