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...
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.
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.
GreenPrisons is pleased to welcome Melink Energy Solutions as our first corporate member. Melink Corporation is a global provider of energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions for commercial buildings with four offerings: Intelli-Hood® Kitchen Ventilation Controls, HVAC Test & Balance, Solar PV, and Geothermal HVAC. For over 30 years, our mission has been to help companies save energy, increase profits, and make the world a more sustainable place.
ACA’s Green Aisle at the Winter Conference once again proved itself as the place to be for companies with a commitment to sustainability who want to demonstrate their products to correctional managers from across the country. Sixteen companies populated the Green Aisle. Everything from waste management to green chemicals were represented
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 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.
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.
CorrectPac, one of GreenPrisons earliest sponsors has once again been recognized by the Illinois Governor’s office for their efforts in making safe sustainable products. For more information.
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.
The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) and the US Department of Energy (DOE) hosted the first national workgroup on sustainability in corrections in Aurora, Colorado. April 24-28 and GreenPrisons was there. The meeting was facilitated by Stacy Fitzsimmons of SNF writing Solutions. With Stacy’s guidance the group developed the first comprehensive look at sustainability in corrections and drafted a list of specific outcomes the group would like to see accomplished in the coming months ahead.
Typically when we talk about saving resources here at GreenPrisons we are talking about energy or water or managing waste more effectively. But Jailer Barry Brady of the Marion County Detention Center has proven it can be about people too. Typically when we talk about saving resources here at Brady was the first jailer to be awarded an NIC technical assistance grant to assess his facility in an effort to put together a sustainability plan to help him prioritize infrastructure improvements.
From its iconic Green Aisle to more than seven workshops on sustainable topics this summer’s 147th Annual Congress of Corrections promises to offer something for anyone interested in the topic. Be sure and include a cruise down the Green Aisle during this summer’s conference. With eighteen companies whose focus is on all things sustainable
Santa Rita Jail in Alameda, California reinforces the benefits of sustainable solutions with continuing efforts to back their reputation as a safe, secure, and innovative facility. The 4,000 bed facility has been noted as having the largest rooftop solar systems in the country
The Washington State DOC and Sustainability in Prisons Project jump started programs on sustainability in 2003 at Cedar Creek Corrections Center. The project was so successful in so many aspects that expansion began to occur and projects were implemented in multiple prisons around the state.
Detailed accounts of sustainable measures being implemented in institutions across several state agencies.
The Indiana Department of Correction has a large quantity of high mast lights available for any correctional agency interested in replacing and upgrading their perimeter and yard lighting. For information on pricing and shipping or to learn more about these lights contact Kevin Orme, Executive Director of Facilities, Indiana Department of Correction
On April 26 and 27 the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) and the Department of Energy (DOE) convened a joint workgroup at the National Corrections Academy in Aurora, CO. The purpose of the workgroup was to see how both federal agencies could better serve the corrections community on matters of sustainability. Participants in the workgroup were leaders in the sustainability movement in corrections.
This year’s ACA Conference offers another strong selection of workshops that focus on sustainability. From the US Army’s efforts to introduce a beekeeping education program at Joint Base Lewis-McChord to a critical examination of what works in sustainability projects and what doesn’t, this year’s Congress promises to be informative and challenging.
The Virginia Department of Corrections (DOC) published a YouTube video just in time for Earth Day 2017. Narrated by the Department’s Recycling and Sustainability Manager, Lois Fegan, the video gives the viewer an insight into the many programs the DOC has that not only promote a healthier environment but also save the DOC tens of thousands of dollars annually.
GreenPrisons opens the discussion amongst professionals for the transition to energy efficiency in corrections.
GreenPrisons Founder and CEO joined ACA President Mary Livers in cutting the cake to celebrate the establishment of ACA’s Clean and Green Committee as a permanent, standing committee with a new name. The Committee will now be known as the Sustainability-Oriented and Environmentally Responsible Practices Committee.
As evidenced by articles elsewhere on this website the ACA committee that focuses on sustainability in corrections and that was the catalyst for the creation of GreenPrisons, Inc. achieved a milestone this year. As noted elsewhere, the Clean and Green Committee became the Sustainability-Oriented and Environmentally Responsible Practices Committee as a result of the recent ACA elections.
The Winter Conference for ACA is just around the corner and hopefully you will be joining GreenPrisons in San Antonio. Once again GreenPrisons will be at the head of the Green Aisle in booth 611. We encourage you to visit with 20 of the most knowledgeable companies serving corrections’ sustainable needs
Integrated Veteran’s Services (IVS) joins GreenPrisons as a promoter of sustainable technology in corrections. IVS brings new technology to an old (and expensive) challenge in corrections; the cost effective elimination of food from the solid waste chain
GreenPrisons joins the more than 20 exhibitors of sustainable products, services and technologies on the Green Aisle at the Winter Conference of the American Correctional Association in San Antonio, January 20-25, 2017. Just as in previous conferences the Green Aisle gives participants from around the country the opportunity to meet with company representatives familiar with the correctional environment and ask questions about the cost savings available...
GreenPrisons made its second appearance at the South Carolina Criminal Justice Association in three years, November 13-16, 2016, to share the advantages of sustainable products, technologies and services with the more than 400 participants in attendance. GreenPrisons was represented by Tommy Norris, CEO and Founder of GreenPrisons
The sun was shining, there was a cool breeze, and even better; the weather forecast was calling for in excess of six inches of rain the following day. This would be perfect for the project taking place at Shelby County Detention Center in Memphis, Tennessee. I could hardly contain my excitement as I was about to witness my first institution project as a member of the GreenPrisons team!
For the second time in three years GreenPrisons will exhibit and present at the South Carolina Criminal Justice Association’s annual training conference. This year’s training conference in Myrtle Beach runs from November 13-16, 2016. Conference organizers anticipate over 450 attendees and more than 40 exhibitors.