We connect prisons with nature.

Donations to the Sustainability in Prisons Project support programs at all twelve Washington prisons, bringing science and nature to inmates and prison staff. Our funds are spent strategically, for the greatest return. These returns come in the form of saved tax dollars, as sustainable practices dramatically reduce prison operation costs. Conservation programs contribute to ecological research and on-the-ground restoration of rare and endangered species. Bicycle repair, animal rescue, and other community-based programs benefit residents outside the prison walls, and serve to shift attitudes about what offenders can offer. Overall, SPP programs offer scientific education and engagement of the prison population, and connections to academic, conservation, natural resource, and sustainability partners.

Financial donations are welcome and are processed through The Evergreen State College Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization.  Click here to make a financial contribution to the SPP.

You also may donate an item for our wish list—these are items needed for our conservation programs and other initiatives.

Wish List

  • Pocket size, thread-bound notebooks for note taking at prison lectures
  • Aquariums for the crickets at Cedar Creek Corrections Center
  • Start up funds and/or equipment for a “wormaponics” pilot at Monroe Correctional Complex: growing food on worm tea
  • Ceiling-mounted projector for displaying nature imagery in prison maximum custody area at Washington Corrections Center
  • Portable projector screen for classes and workshops at Cedar Creek Corrections Center
  • Books on science and sustainability topics for prison libraries
  • Commercial grade greenhouse for the new horticulture program at Cedar Creek Corrections Center: a complete kit heated and ventilated, 30’ wide by 75  to 100′  long

If you would like to donate an item on this list please contact SPP Program Manager Kelli Bush bushk@evergreen.edu or 360 867-6863.

Thank you for your contributions.