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.....
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.
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 recently had the opportunity to visit with Director Margaret Barber and some key members of her staff supporting the agency’s sustainability efforts. Watch this column in the upcoming weeks to learn more about these innovative sustainability practices SC DJJ has initiated.
On January 15 GreenPrisons along with the Memphis City Jail hosted the first regional Sustainability Forum. This unique event drew correctional practitioners from around the region as well as participants from other agencies of local and state government to hear from a variety of companies with a history of working with correctional agencies.
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.
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.
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.
Barely three and a half years after forming the Clean and Green Committee, ACA has seen the interest in sustainable technology and products grow to such an extent exhibitors were given the opportunity to exhibit at this year’s 144th Congress of Correction. Ten companies, including GreenPrisons, filled the “Green Aisle” with activity up and down the aisle throughout the conference.
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.
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 recently welcomed K. B. Industries Inc. (KBI) as our latest sponsor. Although relatively new to corrections they are already off to a great start with new projects going on around the country. KBI created Flexi®-Pave in 2001, the world's first flexible porous paving and offers a comprehensive suite of proven products and solutions to solve the toughest infrastructure challenges.