From our partners at Collectively.
In 2003, Dr. Nalini Nadkarni of Evergreen State College, and Dan Pacholke, the Superintendent of a state prison, Cedar Creek Corrections, met at a sustainability conference. An impromptu conversation between them led to a program that not only supported true inmate rehabilitation, but also was fiscally responsible for prison facilities. They formed the Sustainability in Prisons Project (SPP).
The SPP goes into county and state jails, implements eco-friendly initiatives, and trains incarcerated men and women in the field of environmental sciences. This may seem like regular job training that every prison provides but when you think of the positive effects this would have in terms of spreading sustainable practices in the job market, it takes on a completely new light.
Another positive, is that this is a bi-partisan initiative: the liberal eco-college wants governments to cut down on waste, and use alternative means of energy; and the Department of Corrections wants to run a more cost effective prison system. Training prisoners to maintain a sustainable facility provides them with job skills applicable to a plethora of emergent, efficient industries. They have reduced water usage by 100 million gallons annually, and decreased heat and energy consumption by 13%, transportation fuel by 35%, and total carbon emissions by an estimated 41% from 2009 to 2012. MORE
By Alex Brook Lynn