People & Partners

Sustainability in Prisons Project (SPP) began informally in 2003. Individuals from The Evergreen State College and Washington State Department of Corrections wanted to bring science, education, and nature into prison, and their overlapping interests became SPP. (See our History page for the story.)

Today, the SPP is a statewide effort with programs in all 12 prisons in Washington State. These programs encompass several focus areas: environmental education, conservation, sustainable operations, community contributions, and restorative nature. We also track and evaluate contributions from each program.

The partnership is the program

SPP has been a collaborative effort from the beginning and our success is built on partnerships. The original partnership between The Evergreen State College (Evergreen) and Washington State Department of Corrections (WA Corrections) remains the foundation of all we do, both in Washington and for the SPP Network. The partnership is strengthened by SPP’s co-directorship: Kelli Bush is a member of the staff at Evergreen, and Steve Sinclair is Secretary for WA Corrections. The two organizations share in initiating new programs, collaborating with non-incarcerated and incarcerated partners, and disseminating SPP outreach materials and resources. SPP staff at Evergreen and WA Corrections work together daily and at every level of our operations.

Complementing the efforts of founding partners, program partners contribute to almost every SPP program. Most programs would not be possible without their input, enthusiasm, and resources. In FY19, we had 198 known and named partners, partnering with WA Corrections, Evergreen, or both.

SPP partners from Evergreen, WA Corrections, and Kitsap Conservation District all played a part in hosting prison-garden enthusiasts from France. Mathilde and Matthieu worked in WA prison gardens for two weeks in 2019. Photo by Rachel Friederich.

WA Corrections staff at every level of the department shape and support SPP programs. From the department Secretary and Directors of multiple offices at Headquarters, to leadership at each prison, to every kind of staff and custody position. At Evergreen, SPP staff are housed in a Public Service Center, and their efforts are enriched by input and support from faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, and other college staff.

SPP Partners and Allies (Partnering with WA Corrections, Evergreen, or both) FY19

Adam County Pet Rescue
Al Gilliom Music
ARC of Tri-Cities
Benton Franklin Humane Society
Black Prisoners Caucus
Blue Mountain Action Council
Blue Mountain Humane Society
Brian Fisher Memorial
Brigadoon Service Dogs
Calbag Metals
Calm Waters
Canyon Creek Cabinet Company
CASA
Catholic Charities of Eastern Washington
Center for Natural Lands Management
Central Kitsap Food Bank
Centralia College
Cherish our Children
Christian Aid Center
Christian Charities Mission
Christmas for Kids
City of College Place
City of Dayton
City of Monroe
City of Prescott
City of Sultan
City of Waitsburg
City of Walla Walla
Clark County Beekeeping Association
Coastal Community Action Senior Center
Coastal Harvest
Community Beekeepers
Community Youth Services
Correctional Industries
Diamonds in the Ruff
Dolly Haakenson
Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County
Doris Duke Conservation Scholars
Emergency Food Network
Everett Police Department
Evergreen Hospice
Evergreen Education Coalition for Justice Involved Students
Fallen Outdoors
Family Promise of Grays Harbor
Farm to School
FareStart, Manager for culinary program 
Forks Chamber of Commerce
Forks Gamers Group
Forks Lions Club
Forks Soroptimists
Franklin County Sheriff’s Office
Giving Tree
Great Peninsula Conservancy
Green Prisons
GRACE Project
Habitat for Humanity
Harbor Association of Volunteers for Animals (HAVA)
Hard Headz
Harvest Now
Holy Rosary Church
Hood Canal School District
Hope Crew
Humane Society for Southwest Washington
I-CON Systems, Inc.
Institute for Applied Ecology
Institute for Human-Animal Connection
Interfaith Family Shelter
Jefferson Land Trust
Joint Base Lewis-McChord
Justice Involved Students Group, Evergreen
K & S Recycling
Kaff Zanjira
Kalaloch Lodge
Kitsap Conservation District
Kitsap Humane Society
Kiwanis Hoodsport 
Lake Quinault Fire Department
Lamb Weston
Lettuce Grow
Lions Club
Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center
Little Eorthe Farm
Littlerock Elementary School
Low Income Housing Institute
Marysville Police Department
Master Composters
Master Gardeners
Mid Columbia Beekeepers
Millers Homestead
Monroe Community Senior Center
Monroe Police Department
Mother Earth Farm
NASA Astrobiology Program
Nature Imagery in Prisons Project
North Mason Food Bank
North Olympic Peninsula Beekeepers Association
Northwest District Beekeepers Association
Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections
Olycap
Olympia Beekeepers Association
Olympic Anglers
Olympic Peninsula Humane Society
Oregon Food Bank
Oregon Department of Corrections
Oregon State University Extension Service
Oregon Zoo
Over the Rainbow Fabrics
Pacific Rim Institute for Environmental Stewardship
Paper People
PAWS
Peninsula College
Pioneer United Methodist Church
Port of Walla Walla
PPL Electric Utilities
Project 41
Providence Hospital
Purrfect Pals
Quileute High School
Quileute Tribe
Quillayute Valley Scholarship Auction
Quillayute Valley School District
Rainbow Center
Relay for Life
Roots of Success
Rotary First Harvest
Salmon for Soldiers
Sarge’s Place for Homeless Vets
School Districts—OSPI and DES
Seattle Children’s Hospital
Second Harvest Food Bank
See the Bees
Set Free Christian Fellowship
Shriners Hospital for Children
SimpliHome Furniture LLC
SNAP Spokane
South Sound Prairies
Snohomish County Boys & Girls’ Club
Snohomish County CTA
Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office
Spokane Humane Society
SpokAnimal
SPP Tasmania
Summit Assistance Dogs
Sunshine and Rainbows Child Development Center
Suquamish Tribe Fisheries.
Swedish Hospital
Symbiotic Cycles
Tacoma Community College
Teen Aid
Texas Department of Criminal Justice
The City Reach Food Bank
The Saint’s Pantry Food Bank
The Shelton Community Kitchen
Thurston County Food Bank
Tilth Alliance
Timber Museum
Tri-Cities Toys for Tots
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
U.S. Forest Service
Unidos por Puerto Rico
Union Gospel Mission
University Beyond Bars
University of Utah
University of Washington Ecosystem Science Division
University of Washington, Composting and Waste Treatment Scientists
University of Washington – Tacoma, Assistant Professor Criminology
Un-loop
Veterans Housing Project
VOA Crosswalk Youth Shelter
VOA Hope House
WA Department of Enterprise Services
Walla Walla County
Walla Walla Fairgrounds
Walla Walla Foundry
Walla Walla Landfill
Walla Walla Police and Sheriff’s Department
Walla Walla Veterans Administration
Washington Department of Ecology
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Washington Department of Natural Resources
Washington State Beekeepers Association
Washington State Board of Community and Technical Colleges
Washington State Department of Transportation
Washington State University Department of Entomology
Waste Connections
Waste Management
Welfare for Animals Guild (WAG)
West Columbia Gorge Humane Society
West Plains Beekeepers Association
West Sound Beekeepers Association
Westlake Shelter
Westport Shipyard
Wheels for the World
Whidbey-Camano Land Trust
Wolf Haven International
Women and Children Rescue Mission
Women’s Shelter of Monroe
Woodland Park Zoo
WSU Extension, Pierce County
YWCA
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