It was the winter of 2012 when I visited the Noble Correctional Institution in Ohio to observe their sustainability programs. Tops on my list of things to see was the Big Hanna in-vessel composter. Warden Tim Buchannan was justifiably proud of all his programs at the institution, but the Big Hanna was a different way of doing business.
GreenPrisons has been partnered with the American Correctional Association (ACA) since we got our start in 2011, and we’re really excited about this upcoming Conference! The 145th Congress of Correction is in Indianapolis, IN, this year from August 14th – 19th. ACA has long since set the standard in all aspects of corrections and this year the conference has expanded the Green Aisle to a full aisle of sustainable vendors and products!
The American Jail Association (AJA) held their 34th Annual Conference & Jail Expo in April in Charlotte, NC, and GreenPrisons was there for the first time. This was also the first conference that AJA has dedicated a special area in the exhibit hall exclusively for companies that provide sustainable products and services to the corrections profession.
One of GreenPrisons’ most enduring partnerships has been making news lately. Founder, director and class facilitator Beth Waitkus began Insight Garden Program (IGP) in 2002, and has continued to grow and expand her operation....
GreenPrisons had an active October visiting jails in New York, presenting at the Construction Management Institute, and assisting in an onsite visit by representatives from CommTech Systems and EESI Global at the Marion County (KY) Detention Center.
Alabama Department of Corrections launches pilot project using propane autogas for work-release vans. For the Alabama Department of Corrections, ferrying inmates to and from work-release jobs had become increasingly costly in recent years. Their 15-passenger vans average almost 5,000 miles of travel a month, and gasoline for the fleet of 77 vans totaled about $1.3 million a year.
The new facility in Lafayette Parish, LA is all about sustainability and inmate training opportunities
In April Senior Advisor to GreenPrisons.org Paul Sheldon and I had the opportunity to attend the board meeting of the National Correctional Industries Association in New Orleans at the invitation of Executive Director Gina Honeycutt.
GreenPrisons congratulates PortionPac and their corrections division CorrectPac for their 50 year commitment to providing safe, green chemicals for a variety of cleaning applications. Long a supporter of corrections and the accreditation process PortionPac was the first formal sponsor of GreenPrisons almost three years ago.
As the planet’s population and industrial output continues to grow, water scarcity and water stress will be experienced in more and more regions of the United States and the world in general. Conservation can take us so far but beyond there will be a need for creative thinking and the development of alternative sources of water.
Kentucky’s “Warden of the Year” Joe Meko, is a 35 year veteran with experience in both the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) and the Kentucky Department of Corrections (DOC). Meko began his career in the BOP in May of 1979, and started to work for the DOC as Warden of the Little Sandy Correctional Complex, one day after his retirement from the Bureau on September 1, 2007.....
Indiana continues to excel in their efforts on sustainability. Early in 2014 GreenPrisons had the chance to sit down with Commissioner Bruce Lemmon and Facilities Executive Director Kevin Orme to briefly discuss some of Indiana’s major achievements in recent months. Click article title above to watch video or choose Videos in the top menu.
ACA has agreed to designate a "Green Aisle" with 12 dedicated booths to sustainable products, technologies and services at the upcoming ACA Congress in Salt Lake City. This is a huge concession for them and something they have not done before so I'm hoping we can fill the booths....
GreenPrisons is pleased to welcome the Big Hanna composter as a permanent sponsor for GreenPrisons.org. This revolutionary composting unit originally developed in Europe and utilized in correctional facilities across the continent is now available in the US. Click here to learn how this technology is currently being utilized at the Noble Correctional Institution in Ohio.