Sustainability Options, The Deep Dive Into Sustainability Projects.  What Works Great, What Works Well and What Did Not


This workshop will provide real life experiences from sustainability projects of all kinds completed on correctional facilities from across the United States.  From using the most advanced lighting, refrigeration, mechanical, water conservation, recycling, etc., to getting deep down into the financing, establishing realistic scheduling and giving realistic returns on project investments.


Moderator: Tim Hasty, Maintenance Supervisor, Lee County, Florida

Speakers: Jerry Elmblad, Michigan DOC State Manager (Ret.), Energy Coordinator, Energy Programs, Marquette, Michigan; Charles Hein, Federal Bureau of Prisons Energy Manager, Washington, D.C


Correctional Facilities LEEDing the Way in Energy Efficiency

The US Green Buildings Council estimates that compared to the average commercial building in the General Services Administration’s portfolio, LEED Gold buildings consume a quarter less energy and generate 34 percent lower greenhouse gas emissions.  Correctional facilities have been able to accomplish comparable results, and in this panel you’ll find out how facilities in MO, NC, and WA have done it.  Hear what prompted officials to pursue LEED certification, what was needed to make it happen, and how they found project financing.

Alice Dasek, US Department of Energy


Beekeeping in Prisons: How to Start and Maintain a Successful Beekeeping Education Program

Education through vocational programs provides an opportunity for those whom are incarcerated to learn marketable skills and develop strong work habits which can be used after release.  This is one of the guiding standards set forth by the American Correctional Association (ACA Standard 4-4451).  Seeing as many prisons are either developing or expanding landscaping, horticulture, and gardening vocational programs the combination of beekeeping and horticulture is a great way to strengthen educational curriculum through hands on projects. 

A beekeeping program is also a great opportunity for a facility to get more involved with their local community through beekeeper associations.  In fact, it can be argued that the success of a new beekeeping program can be directly linked to building strong partnerships in one’s community.  Additionally, combining the knowledge of beekeepers and prison guards is a unique way to ensure the viability of a vocational program of this nature.  Beekeepers provide recommendations for bee gardens while security conscious guards provide guidelines for selecting plants with respect to height and density in order to meet the security standards of a particular facility.

Within this workshop, we will discuss the history of beekeeping within the 508th Military Police Detention Battalion and the Northwest Joint Regional Correctional Facility at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington State.  Both the challenges and successes will be reviewed and lessons learned presented for those who wish to build programs within their facilities.  Finally, we will discuss the current state of our beekeeping program as well as our vision for future efforts.

Lt. Andrew Satterfield


Economic and Environmental Sustainability in Facility Planning

The demographics of Ohio’s inmate population are changing in dramatic ways: while the more “traditional” population is aging, newer populations include more females and increased needs for medical and mental health treatment. This workshop will explore--through a case study—how Ohio has examined their capital and facility needs: evaluating the benefits and costs of constructing new versus renovating existing structures, and how those buildings will meet the future operational needs of the changing population. In addition, Ohio was able to identify and incorporate opportunities for energy efficiency improvements to ensure longer-term cost savings.


Steve Carter, Executive Vice-President – CGL Companies

Jenny Hildebrand, Bureau Chief of Construction, Activation, Maintenance and Sustainability (CAMS) – Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction

Leah Morgan, Energy Conservation and Sustainability Administrator – Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction

Bill Ramsey, Chief of Planning – Ohio Facilities Construction Commission


David N. Bezanson, Assistant Secretary - Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services

Going Green = Saving Money and Reducing Recidivism

Over the past decade, correctional facilities perspectives on sustainability have evolved: we recognize not only the tremendous cost savings available by focusing on resource efficiency-through recycling and utility conservation programs, renewable energy, etc.; but also how much value and support we are able to receive from, and give back to our communities through these efforts, leading to successful re-entry, post-release. This workshop will feature examples and discussions of successful "green" programs and partnerships with federal, state, and local agencies, as well as academic, business, and non-profit partners, which have led to cost savings, shifts in organizational culture, successful post-release employment, reduced recidivism, and other community benefits. The presenters represent leaders from a full spectrum of positions necessary to make these collaborations a success: state administration, prison warden, army personnel, community partners, and formerly incarcerated.


Doug Dretke, M.A., Executive Director, Sam Houston State University, George J. Beto Criminal Justice Center, Correctional Management Institute of Texas, Huntsville, Texas


Paul Sheldon, M.A., Green Prisons, Jacksonville, Oregon; 

Leah Morgan, M.Ed., Energy Conservation & Sustainability Administrator, Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, Columbus, Ohio;

Timothy Buchanan, Warden, Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, Noble Correctional Institution, Caldwell, Ohiol

S. Andrew Satterlee, M.N.S., 1LT, Environmental Science Officer, Preventive Medicine, 508th Military Police Detentions Battalion, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington;

Beth Waitkus, M.S., Founder & Director, Insight Garden Program, Berkeley, California; and,

Anthony Forrest, Educator, Plant Justice, Oakland, California


Sustainability Success via Collaboration with Private Businesses and Non-Profits


When practitioners work together with private businesses and non-profits, that collaboration can have positive results. Learn how Lori Harshbarger of Indiana's Logansport Juvenile Correctional Facility put together one such team to develop a "green haven" with solar panels and a rehabilitative garden program that has become a fiscally and environmentally responsible retreat for its youth.


Moderator: Tommy Norris, President ,, Lexington, Kentucky



Lori Harshbarger, Superintendent, Indiana Dept. of Correction, Logansport, Indiana;

Charlie Slavik, VP Marketing & Sales, Solar America Solutions, Indianapolis, Indiana;

Beth Waitkus, Founder & Director, Insight Garden Program, San Francisco Bay Area, California


The Sustainability in Prisons Project: Building a Network to Support Sustainable Operations, Environmental Education, and Contributions to Communities and the Environment.    


SPP is a partnership founded by WA Department of Corrections and The Evergreen State College. The organization includes a broad range of programs and collaborators in Washington State, where 12 prisons host more than 170 programs. Through the SPP Network, SPP-modelled programs are in jails and prisons across the country. Presenters will share ideas and examples of energy, water, and waste reduction and environmental education, ecological conservation, and community contributions programs. They will emphasize operations cost avoidance and low-cost educational programming and how innovative partnerships can leverage resources while providing benefits for everyone involved.  Presenters will also discuss development of the SPP Network and opportunities to share resources, protocols, and best practices with corrections institutions and allied organizations.   


Track: Facility Design/ Jails


Moderator: N/A


Speakers: Steve Sinclair, SPP Co-Director and Assistant Secretary, Prisons Division, Washington Department of Corrections, Olympia, Washington; Kelli Bush, SPP Program Manager, The Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington


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