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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.