The Sustainability in Prisons Project is a community of ideas as well as people. Our mission includes serving as a model for other prisons, educational and conservation organizations and residential institutions such as military bases, assisted living centers, and summer camps. We also serve as a clearinghouse for anyone—including current inmates and returned citizens—interested in science, sustainability, green-collar jobs, and training opportunities. Please help us develop our resouce library by sending professional research, reports, articles, programs, and other items to SPP’s Education & Outreach Manager Joslyn Rose Trivett at firstname.lastname@example.org.
More resources available on other pages:
- Publications describing SPP
- Listing of allied organizations
- Resources for children of incarcerated SPP partners
- Thanks to guest speakers and other contributors
- Best resource: Fair Shake Reentry Resource Center is a reentry resource center aiming to build connections with families, employers, property managers, corrections and communities
- You can also try: Jobs for Felons Hub supports successful participation in society for formerly-incarcerated felons. The website shows city, state listings of companies that may hire felons, and access to other resources.
- For career assistance in western Washington, get in touch with Community Partnership for Transitional Services
- To find direct services in Washington State, use the 211 database, or call 211 and talk to an operator
- Divine Alternatives for Dads (DADS): connects dads with resources to develop social relationships and meet their responsibilities
- Koinonia in Place: Licensing reconciliation and re-establishment program; (253) 398-5778 email@example.com 114 Washington Ave North Kent WA 98032
- Above and Beyond Consulting Solutions LLC: mentoring program; (206) 551-3164 Rev.Jimmie.firstname.lastname@example.org
- Friend and message Sppfellows on facebook; we will do our best to connect you to known resources and other SPPers
- Roots of Success is a ten-module environmental literacy and work readiness curriculum
designed to meet the needs of students who have not been well served by the education system. The course was created by a non-profit committed to adapting the curriculum to meet student needs. The program is low-cost, with fees for instructor training/certification, and materials needed by each student.
- Seed to Supper is a joint program of Oregon Food Bank and OSU Extension Service. The free gardening course provides a comprehensive overview of how to start a garden and grow food on a budget. It is most successful (and satisfying) when garden space and materials are accessible for hands-on practice. Free curriculum download available here.
- Energy Literacy: a free interdisciplinary curriculum provided by the Energy Department presents energy concepts to help individuals and communities make informed energy decisions; could serve as a complement to the energy module in the Roots of Success curriculum. Download electronic or request free printed copies.
- Northwest Earth Institute (NWEI) Discussion Course Books offer a framework for discussing our relationship with the planet and discover new ways to live, work, create and consume. NWEI is a non-profit whose mission is to inspire environmental responsibility, and provides a way to break issues into “bite-sized pieces”. Course Books cover a variety of topics, and are low cost.
- Designing Justice and Designing Spaces Toolkit: the free booklet is designed for use by incarcerated individuals and practitioner stakeholders in high security spaces. Ten exercise support academic reading, discussions, individual and group experiential activities, and mini-design labs in topics such as on restorative justice, correctional history, and environmental psychology. The toolkit was created by a non-profit to “re-envision and re-appropriate the design of institutional space to foster love and forgiveness”.
Education & Training Opportunities
- Energy Education and Workforce Development: Clean energy jobs and training from the Department of Energy
- Graduate programs in Environmental Studies
- Green For All is a national non-profit organization working to build an inclusive green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty; a resource for information about green jobs, training opportunities, research, policy and much more.
- Veterans Green Jobs provides education and career development opportunities for military veterans
- The Path to a Sustainability Career is onlinecollege.net‘s guide to schools offering online programs in sustainability; includes information on scholarships and sustainability career pathways.
- Post-Prison Education Program is a Seattle non-profit that helps people recently released from prison to transition successfully to college and the work force; they offer scholarships, academic advising and career counseling, and advocacy and mentoring.
- Seattle Tilth offers classes and workshops on how to grow food, compost, garden organically, raise urban livestock, and conserve natural resources.
- Washington State Beekeepers Association: Support for both hobbyists and professional beekeepers; the site includes a directory of local beekeeping organizations.
- Rising Sun Energy Center: Green energy jobs training in California
- L.A. Kitchen, similar to DC Central Kitchen, reclaims food, provides training for culinary and nutrition careers, feeds students and community members, and much more.
- DC Central Kitchen recycles food, trains unemployed adults for culinary careers, serves healthy school meals, and develops urban food systems.
Green-collar Jobs: Guides and job boards
- Green Jobs & Career Pathways Guidebook: A printed guide (not available online) created by Roots of Success that is ideal for career libraries. Descriptions of 125+ jobs and careers in the green economy in the Water, Waste, Energy, Transportation, Building, and Food & Agriculture sectors; explicitly designed for people who have not been served well by the schools, and includes information on jobs and careers that do not require a college degree but offer employees living wages and occupational mobility over time.
- Green jobs network: A directory of green jobs boards
- Clean Edge Jobs posts employment opportunities with clean-tech companies and other organizations leading the transition to a clean-energy economy.
- Greenbiz.com lists jobs in renewable energy, green building, sustainable businesses, and more.
- A Guide to Green Careers: A compact and comprehensive resource for those seeking green jobs. The guide explains green job titles, describes typical salaries, and suggests where to focus your search.
- Bureau of Labor Statistics has a page on sustainability careers and professionals
- Go Green With Your Career: A free resource guide to environmental/sustainable opportunities, including best strategies, salary information, green resume tips, etc.
- Sustainable South Bronx is a community organization dedicated to youth development, vocational training, “Greening the Ghetto” and other innovative work in one of New York City’s oldest industrial neighborhoods.
- Veterans Green Jobs career development opportunities for military veterans, empowering and supporting them to lead America’s transition to energy independence, ecological restoration, community renewal and economic prosperity.
- Small business resources for minorities and women for Washington state.
- Got Green (Seattle, WA) works to ensure that low-income people and communities of color in Seattle/King County can gain equal access to and reap the benefits promised by the green movement and the green economy.