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.
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...
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.
Green Prisons recommends the current Insight Garden Program's newsletter - Growing Gardens. Transforming Lives
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.
The success of solar thermal technology at the Wabash (IN) Correctional Institutionwas recently documented by a local television news outlet. Check out the following video to learn more about how the institution is saving 53% on their hot water heating costs http://www.wthitv.com/news/indiana/prison-saves-money-going-green
In a national press release on August 20 GreenPrisons announced the establishment of a fund to support training and technical assistance provided by GreenPrisons, as well as scholarships to cover registration, and travel costs related to attending the National Symposium on Sustainability in Corrections each year.
"Inch by inch, row by row, gonna make this garden grow."
So proclaims a well-known folk song by songwriter Dave Mallett.
These days, you just might hear it being sung around the Jessamine County Detention Center, where inmates soon will be dining on tasty, fresh vegetables that they have planted and raised themselves.
The primary features of the Navy’s first LEED certified brig are the utilization of sustainable building materials and LEED compliant disposal and reutilization of construction materials; Vegetative Roof; Geothermal Climate Control System; energy recovery wheels; natural lighting; a Gray Water Recycling Plant; ground water collection ponds run-off water reclamation swales; eco friendly landscaping; and a Green Housekeeping Plan.
Article by the Mother Nature Network:
14 green prisons who have adopted some unique eco-friendly techniques. Click the link below to read the full article.
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Posted by The Huffington Post on 10/6/11 08:19 PM ET The average 'Walmart mom' may not necessarily care about a reduction in waste or greenhouse gas emissions achieved by removing the dimple from the bottom of a wine bottle, said Brooke Buchanan, the multinational retailer's director of communications for sustainability. "But if we can translate that into cost savings, the message is heard loud and clear."
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 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.
Check out this short video to learn more about Solar America’s new technology to use ultra violet collection to make heat, even on a cloudy day! This technology can save up to 50% on space heating and hot water costs. The folks at Solar America have CORRECTIONAL experience and will work with correctional industries for assembly and maintenance of the new panels. Click here to watch the video.