In little more than twelve months the Green Aisle at the American Correctional Association has more than doubled in size. This unique exhibit area within the larger exhibit hall, allows participants at the conference to focus on exhibitors of sustainable products and services.
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....
The American jail Association announces its new Eco Aisle to promote sustainability in jails. Demonstrating the continued growth of sustainability in corrections, the American Jail Association (AJA) will set aside a dedicated area of their exhibit hall for sustainable products and technology at its annual conference April 18-21, 2015, in Charlotte, NC.
Officials from the Kentucky Department of Correction (KYDOC) and the Louisville Metro Detention Center and the Solid Waste Division of Louisville visited the Noble Correctional Institution (NCI) on 06/02/14. The officials traveled to Caldwell to benchmark green initiatives implemented at NCI.....
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.
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.
Since our incorporation in 2011 GreenPrisons has relied on the informal advice from a variety of experts in our effort to provide both practitioners and companies the best information possible regarding sustainable applications in corrections. As GreenPrisons is seen by more and more people as the “go to “resource on correctional sustainability we have begun to formalize our advisor cadre.