Easywater, an innovative technology for treating water, joins GreenPrisons as our fourth sponsor. EasyWater provides innovative water treatment solutions for prisons and other commercial facilities, such as eliminating new and existing lime scale deposits in domestic water systems without using salt. Click on this article's title to learn more about the Easywater system and to hear what some correctional practitioners have to say about the technology.
There is still an opportunity for individuals and agencies to share their sustainability accomplishments with the larger correctional community at the ACA Winter Conference January 22-27, in New Orleans. The deadline for submitting proposals is September 11....
At its Inception last summer there were 12 booths set aside for exhibitors of sustainable products and services. Ultimately 11 of them were filled. This establishment of a dedicated area for one type of product exhibitor was unprecedented in recent ACA history. The idea was that new, smaller vendors.....
ACA President Mary Livers appointed several new members to the Clean and Green committee for her two year term and reappointed Tommy Norris, Founder and CEO of GreenPrisons.org as Chair of the committee....
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....
GreenPrisons had an active October visiting jails in New York, presenting at the Construction Management Institute, and assisting in an onsite visit by representatives from CommTech Systems and EESI Global at the Marion County (KY) Detention Center.
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.
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.
"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.