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For years, the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) has supported growth of green corrections as a professional discipline through research, technical assistance, and the sharing of information through resources housed in its Information Center, the largest library in the United States dedicated to corrections information. NIC's work greatly expanded the availability of resources on green corrections for the field, providing correctional stakeholders with ready access to information that could help them implement green corrections programs in their own local areas.

The Greening of Corrections: Creating a Sustainable System was among the latest documents published by NIC in the area of green corrections and was the catalyst for creating the Green Corrections Challenge. The document outlined the framework for creating green corrections programs and applying green processes to corrections operations. Yet, despite the publication's breadth, it captured only a small portion of possibilities available for implementing green corrections. The Green Corrections Challenge is one answer to capturing a wider array of opportunities. Through the challenge, citizens, students, and professionals in criminal justice are called on to contribute to the knowledge base of ideas available for being "green" in corrections.

The Green Corrections Challenge consists of three related activities:


The Green Corrections Challenge: Inviting stakeholders to share their innovative practices and drive competition in the field. These should be replicable programs and practices in areas such as reentry programs, facilities management/complex operations, and training programs. Leading innovations will be announced during a Green Corrections Symposium.

The Green Corrections Symposium: Bringing together agency experts and national stakeholders to share best practices and learn about innovations from the field.

The Green Corrections Innovation Webinars: Featuring four innovations from the Challenge. Details about the selected innovations will be shared with the larger corrections community and interested stakeholders after leading innovations are announced.

As described in the Greening of Corrections: Creating a Sustainable System, the four areas that form the foundation of green corrections include:



Building

Correctional facilities that consider energy use and efficiency, water and waste management, recycling programs, and other facilities management practices.





Education

Education and training that provide offenders with the relevant skills, competencies, and credentials to support a continuum of learning opportunities during a transition to a greener economy.





Reentry

Reentry programs that are reconfiguring to integrate new green skills and competencies or creating new programs driven by an increased demand for green goods and services.





Industries

Correctional industries addressing sustainability efforts ranging from:


  • Creating core business strategies for sustainable production processes and practices

  • Developing new strategic partnerships

  • Producing and distributing environmentally friendly products and services

  • Preparing offenders for the most relevant skills for the emerging green economy




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




The Green Corrections Challenge is funded by the National Institute of Corrections, an agency of the U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons. Through a cooperative agreement, FHI 360 provides support and technical expertise.

FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. FHI 360 has assisted NIC in green corrections programming, including in the development of Greening of Corrections: Creating a Sustainable System.

Recommended Reading

Date Title Type
2011
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
PDF
76 pages
2010
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
VIDEO
1 DVD (231 min.)