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.


Butterfly technicians and SPP program partners visit one of the prairies where the prison-raised butterflies have been released. Photo by Keegan Curry.

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 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.

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, partnering with WA Corrections, Evergreen, or both.

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.

Adam County Pet Rescue
ARC of Tri-Cities
Bee Thinking
Benton Franklin Humane Society
Blessings Under the Bridge
Blue Mountain Humane Society
Blue Mountain Action Council
Brigadoon Service Dogs
Bureau of Land Management
Calbag Metals
Calm Waters
Canyon Creek Cabinet Company
Center for Natural Lands Management
Central Kitsap Food Bank
Centralia College
Cherish our Children
Christian Aid Center
Christian Charities Mission
City of Monroe
City of Sultan
Clark County Beekeeping Association
Coastal Community Action Senior Center
Coastal Harvest
Community Beekeepers
Community Youth Services
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Correctional Industries
Diamonds in the Ruff
Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County
Everett Police Department
Evergreen Hospice
Family Promise of Grays Harbor
Farm to School
Forks Chamber of Commerce
Forks Gamers Group
Forks Lions Club
Forks Soroptimists
Franklin County Sheriff’s Office
Friends of Puget Prairies
Giving Tree
Gospel Mission
Great Peninsula Conservancy
Habitat for Humanity
Harbor Association of Volunteers for Animals (HAVA)
Harvest Now
Holy Rosary Church
Hood Canal School District
Hope Crew
Humane Society for Southwest Washington
I-CON Systems, Inc.
Institute for Applied Ecology
Interfaith Family Shelter
Jefferson Land Trust
Joint Base Lewis-McChord
Kalaloch Lodge
Kitsap Humane Society
Kitsap Conservation District
Kitsap County Public Works
Kiwanis Hoodsport 
KNS Recycling
Lamb Weston
Lettuce Grow
Lions Club
Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center
Little Eoarth Farm
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 Olympic Peninsula Beekeepers Association
Northwest District Beekeepers Association
Olympia Beekeepers Association
Olympic Anglers
Olympic Peninsula Humane Society
Oregon Food Bank
Oregon State University Extension Service
Oregon Zoo
Over the Rainbow Fabrics
Peninsula College
PPL Electric Utilities
Project 41
Providence Hospital
Purrfect Pals
Quileute High School
Quileute Tribe
Quillayute Valley Scholarship Auction
Quillayute Valley School District
Rainbow Center
Real Food Network
Relay for Life
Roots of Success
Rotary First Harvest
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
SimpliHome Furniture LLC
Shelton Community Kitchen
Shriners Hospital for Children
SNAP Spokane
Snohomish Beekepers
Snohomish County Boys & Girls’ Club
Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office
Summit Assistance Dogs
Sunshine and Rainbows Child Development Center
Symbiotic Cycles
Swedish Hospital
Tacoma Community College
Teen Aid
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
Tumwater School District
Unidos por Puerto Rico
University Beyond Bars
University of Utah
University of Washington Ecosystem Science Division
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
U.S. Forest Service
Veteran’s Housing Project
Walla Walla Police and Sheriff’s Department
Washington Department of Ecology
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Washington Department of Natural Resources
Washington State Beekeepers Association
Washington State Department of Transportation
Washington State University
Washington State University Department of Entomology
Waste Connections
Waste Management
Welfare for Animals Guild (WAG)
West Columbia Gorge Humane Society
Westlake Shelter
West Plains Beekeepers Association
Westport Shipyard
West Sound Beekeepers Association
West Sound Wildlife
Wheels for the World
Wolf Haven International
Woodland Park Zoo
Women and Children Rescue Mission
Women’s Shelter of Monroe
WSU Extension, Pierce County
158 reported organizations + 100’s more charities receiving donations