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Your Ideas Can Make a Difference

Green corrections is what happens when we apply green principles to everyday practices in corrections. Even more simply put, it's applying what we know helps people save money, energy, and time in their personal lives and applying it wisely to relevant processes throughout America's correctional system. As the field of corrections changes, the need to begin approaching corrections problems with smarter, greener solutions becomes clearer.

The Green Corrections Challenge lays the foundation for future green corrections work, developing a strong community of individuals who are driving innovation through competition in the field.

The Green Corrections Challenge is also your chance to share with us your new ideas and effective best practices for green corrections. Whether you're a citizen concerned about public safety or a student or professional in the field, you probably have a few good ideas. You may have thought of creative ways to conserve energy in a facility, provide job training, save fuel, or reduce time. You may be part of innovations for pretrial, offender reentry, visitation, faith-based programs, college and university initiatives, job training, or building design. There are numerous combinations and unlimited possibilities. Some of them are ones that only you've thought of.

In a presentation of 7 minutes or less, we want you to tell us your idea or practice. We've created three primary categories (correctional facilities, education and training, and reentry programs) and one additional category for new green concepts (for ideas that don't fit neatly into one of the other three areas). You can submit one presentation for each category, giving you up to four different opportunities to share.

The creators of a presentation from each category will be selected for the opportunity to share their idea or practice in a webinar hosted by the National Institute of Corrections. In the webinar, you'll be able to share how your suggestion would be implemented.

With a little creativity, each of us can play a role in invigorating the field with new ideas—your ideas—on how to apply green practices and help make a difference in thousands of lives.

We’re looking for the most innovative programs across the nation.

NIC’s mission is to provide training, information, and technical assistance to the nation’s jails, prisons, and community corrections facilities. More information about NIC can be found at www.nicic.gov.

Recommended Reading

Date Title Type
Document 024914
The Greening of Corrections: Creating a Sustainable System
By Feldbaum, Mindy; Greene, Frank; Kirschenbaum, Sarah; Mukamal, Debbie; Welsh, Megan; Pinderhughes, Raquel. National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC). AED. National Institute for Work and Learning (Washington, DC); National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC).
What are viable strategies for cutting costs while protecting the public’s safety? Corrections can achieve some substantial cost savings in sustainability or greening strategies. This publication “provides correctional professionals with a framework to gain a general understanding of sustainability practices and principles and to identify examples of operations, programs, and management strategies for self-sustaining facilities” (p. ii). Sections of this publication include: introduction; greeni... Read More
76 pages
Document 024388
Greening Corrections: People, Programs, and Practices [Satellite/Internet Broadcast held July 14, 2010]
National Institute of Corrections Academy (Aurora, CO).
This program seeks to increase environmental awareness among corrections professionals and focuses attention on the need to make correctional facilities more energy and resource efficient. This broadcast:
  • Explores the feasibility of introducing green collar job readiness training programs
  • Assesses correctional industries capability to adopt “green” practices
  • And identifies strategies to assess cost saving options for correctional agencies to operate “self sustaining” facilities and ... Read More
1 DVD (231 min.)