As GreenPrisons begins its eleventh year we are challenged by the restrictions COVID has brought to our operation not unlike those that every correctional agency has experienced. The disruption this disease has brought to every correctional facility across the country is unprecedented. This disruption has impacted sustainable operations as well. With most if not all correctional facilities operating on some kind of locked down status...
Our friends at Insight Garden Program have just had their story told in a new video and it is a fascinating look at the program’s success. With narration from several former inmates who have used the skills they learned in the Insight Garden Program to achieve success, the viewer gets to see how the program makes the connection between gardening on the inside and responsible living once they return to the community.
Join GreenPrisons as we visit two of the largest correctional conferences in the country! Beginning with the Southern States Correctional Association (SSCA) annual conference in Baton Rouge, LA July 21-25 and culminating with the American Correctional Association’s (ACA) annual Congress of Corrections August 4-8. GreenPrisons will be there on the Green Aisle at both events as well as participating in a variety of workshops on sustainability at both conferences.
GreenPrisons is pleased to welcome Melink Energy Solutions as our first corporate member. Melink Corporation is a global provider of energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions for commercial buildings with four offerings: Intelli-Hood® Kitchen Ventilation Controls, HVAC Test & Balance, Solar PV, and Geothermal HVAC. For over 30 years, our mission has been to help companies save energy, increase profits, and make the world a more sustainable place.
ACA’s Green Aisle at the Winter Conference once again proved itself as the place to be for companies with a commitment to sustainability who want to demonstrate their products to correctional managers from across the country. Sixteen companies populated the Green Aisle. Everything from waste management to green chemicals were represented
Another highly successful Sustainability Committee was held during the recent ACA Winter Conference in Orlando. Committee Chair Tommy Norris divided the committee into five working groups previously identified and based on President Lannette Linthicum’s initial charge to the committee. The subcommittees will be working on the following sustainability issues:
GreenPrisons will once again be on the Green Aisle at the ACA Winter conference January 5-9, 2018, in Orlando FL. If you plan to attend be sure and plan on coming by booth 1101 to say hello and learn about the other 16 sustainable exhibitors on the aisle. Also plan on attending the four different workshops on sustainable topics.
Tom Gilardi along with Butch Maki, CEO of Integrated Veteran’s Services (IVS) exhibited at the recent New York state Jail Administrator’s Conference. They brought along with them the Ecovim 66 Dehydrator to demonstrate how dehydration technology works. Conference participants were impressed with the compact size of the unit and its ability to eliminate up to 90% of the food waste from the jail waste stream.
Steve Tussey, retired Safety Administrator of the Federal Bureau of Prisons has joined GreenPrisons as their top advisor on all things related to chemicals, safety, OSHA compliance and EPA guidelines. As Safety Administrator for the Bureau, Tussey was responsible for implementing many new programs throughout the Bureau’s 122 institutions.
CorrectPac, one of GreenPrisons earliest sponsors has once again been recognized by the Illinois Governor’s office for their efforts in making safe sustainable products. For more information.
The Administrative United States Penitentiary Thomson (AUSP Thomson) is making plans toward implementing an energy and water conservation project that will save them upwards of $33 million with the assistance of an energy savings performance contract.
The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) and the US Department of Energy (DOE) hosted the first national workgroup on sustainability in corrections in Aurora, Colorado. April 24-28 and GreenPrisons was there. The meeting was facilitated by Stacy Fitzsimmons of SNF writing Solutions. With Stacy’s guidance the group developed the first comprehensive look at sustainability in corrections and drafted a list of specific outcomes the group would like to see accomplished in the coming months ahead.
Typically when we talk about saving resources here at GreenPrisons we are talking about energy or water or managing waste more effectively. But Jailer Barry Brady of the Marion County Detention Center has proven it can be about people too. Typically when we talk about saving resources here at Brady was the first jailer to be awarded an NIC technical assistance grant to assess his facility in an effort to put together a sustainability plan to help him prioritize infrastructure improvements.
From its iconic Green Aisle to more than seven workshops on sustainable topics this summer’s 147th Annual Congress of Corrections promises to offer something for anyone interested in the topic. Be sure and include a cruise down the Green Aisle during this summer’s conference. With eighteen companies whose focus is on all things sustainable