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. Sustainable operations and a more productive and positive prison culture have allowed cost avoidance estimated at $4.3 million annually (that figure from 2012). We offer programming in five areas: 1. ecological conservation, 2. environmental education, 3. sustainable operations, 4. community contributions, and 5. restorative nature. We also track and evaluate contributions from each program. With the expansion, it has become more important to define the SPP approach. Our experience points to five Essential Components: these are the unifying principles that guide our work.

Partnerships

SPP has been a collaborative effort from the beginning, and we see partnerships as central to our success. 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 partners, supervising inmate technicians, and disseminating SPP outreach materials and resources. SPP staff at Evergreen and WA Corrections work together daily and at every level of our operations.

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.

Program partners
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 FY17, we had 117 known and named partners; each partners with WA Corrections, Evergreen, or both.

Adam County Pet Rescue
ARC of Tri-Cities
Bee Thinking
Benton Franklin Humane Society
Blessings Under the Bridge
Brigadoon Service Dogs
Bureau of Land Management
Calm Waters
Canyon Creek Cabinet Company
Center for Natural Lands Management
Centralia College
Cherish our Children
City of Monroe
Clark County Beekeeping Association
Clark County Food Bank
Coastal Harvest
Cocoon House
Community Aide Coalition (CAC)
Cornell University
Correctional Industries
Diamonds in the Ruff
Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County
Emergency Food Network
Farm to School
Fircrest Residential Habilitation Center
Forks Chamber of Commerce
Forks Lions Club
Forks Soroptimists
Franklin County Sheriff’s Office
Friends of Puget Prairies
Gig Harbor Food Bank
Gospel Mission
Great Peninsula Conservancy
Green Prisons
Harbor Association of Volunteers for Animals (HAVA)
Harvest Now
Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group
Hospitals
Humane Society for Southwest Washington
Institute for Applied Ecology
Joint Base Lewis-McChord
Kalaoloch Lodge
Kitsap Humane Society
Kitsap Conservation District
Kitsap County Public Works
Kiwanis Hoodsport 
KNS Recycling
KP Middle School
Lettuce Grow
Lions Club
Littlerock School District
Lower Columbia Basin Audubon Society
Master Composters
Master Gardeners
Mid Columbia Beekeepers
Millers Homestead
Mother Earth Farm
Nature Imagery in Prisons Project
North Olympic Peninsula Beekeepers Association
Northwest Trek
Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction
Olycap
Olympia Beekeeping Association
Olympic Anglers
Olympic Peninsula Humane Society
Oregon Food Bank
Oregon State University Extension Service
Oregon Zoo
Pacific Rim Institute for Environmental Stewardship
PAWS
Peninsula College
Project 41
Purrfect Pals
Quileute High School
Quillayute Valley Scholarship Auction
Quillayute Valley School District
Real Food Network
Relay for Life
Roots of Success
School Districts-OSPI, DES
Second Harvest Food Bank
See the Bees
SNAP Spokane
Snohomish Boys & Girls’ Club
Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office
SpokAnimal
Summit Assistance Dogs
Tacoma Community College
The City Reach Food Bank
The Saint’s Pantry Food Bank
The Shelton Community Kitchen
Thurston County Food Bank
Tilth Alliance
Timber Museum
Town of Steilacoom
Tri-Cities Toys for Tots
University of Utah
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Walla Walla area charities: SPL has donated to $120,000 worth of furniture
Walla Walla Police and Sheriff’s Department
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Washington Department of Natural Resources
Washington State University Department of Entomology
Waste Connections
Waste Management
Welfare for Animals Guild (WAG!)
West Plains Beekeepers Association
Westport Shipyard
West Sound Beekeepers Association
West Sound Wildlife
Wheels for the World
Whidbey-Camano Land Trust
Wolf Haven International
Woodland Park Zoo
Women’s Shelter of Monroe
WSU Extension, Pierce County
YMCA
YWCA
117 organizations + 100s of SPL charitable partners