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 this page of resources by sending professional research, reports, articles, programs, and other items to SPP’s Education & Outreach Manager Joslyn Rose Trivett at

See publications describing SPP—newsletters, fliers, and academic papers—here.


Allied Organizations

Gardens & Horticulture Organizations

The Horticultural Society of New York: Programs include the Horticultural Therapy Partnership (free curricula available on their website!)  and Rikers Island GreenHouse (a greenhouse, a classroom, and over two and a half acres of landscaped and productive gardens, designed and built by inmates).

Insight Garden Program:IGP has provided a gardening program to incarcerated men at San Quentin State Prison for more than a decade, and is currently expanding to other California State prisons and nationally. Their curriculum integrates vocational and life skills to develop both “inner” and “outer” gardens.

Planting Justice: Working for food, economic, and environmental justice

The Garden Project: They offer employment and training to former inmates who grow organic vegetables and plant street trees in San Fransisco. The GP Earth Stewards job-training program is for lower income young adults and teens, who care and maintain natural areas owned and operated by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.

Educational Organizations

Transformative Education Behind Bars (TEBB): a consortium of college and university educators and nonprofit organizations whose purpose is to develop and support higher education programs for prisoners.

The Freedom Education Project Puget Sound (FEPPS): a nonprofit offering college courses inside the Washington Correction Center for Women. Their classes are taught by professors from nearby universities and colleges, and lead to an Associate of Arts and Science degree.

Criminal Justice Organizations

Vera Institute of Justice: Research and innovation for justice systems

American Correctional Association (ACA): Founded in 1870 the oldest association developed specifically for practitioners in the correctional profession; a professional organization for all individuals and groups, both public and private, that share a common goal of improving the justice system.

The National Institute of Corrections (NIC, within the U.S. Department of Justice): Provides training, technical assistance, information services, and policy/program development assistance to federal, state, and local corrections agencies; awards funds to support our program initiatives; and provides leadership to influence correctional policies, practices, and operations nationwide in areas of emerging interest and concern to correctional executives and practitioners as well as public policymakers.

Criminal Justice Planning Services: Management consulting to criminal justice agencies.

Segregation Solutions: a team of academics and practitioners who offer more humane alternatives to segregation and transform corrections management.

Re-entry Organizations

National Coalition of Community-Based Correctional and Community Re-entry Service Organizations (NC4RSO): NC4RSO is developing a National Reentry Resource Listing, an online resource listing searchable by state and fully searchable by various criteria (location, type of service, etc.) and regularly updated; until that goes live, contact them for information.  

Delancey Street Foundation: A residential self-help organization for former substance abusers, ex-convicts, homeless and others who have hit bottom; residents receive a high school equivalency degree (GED) and are trained in 3 different marketable skills.

The IF Project: A collaboration of both formerly and currently incarcerated adults and law enforcement personnel working together to effect change for those who are facing issues and challenges regarding incarceration and recidivism

Sustainable Operations Organizations

Green Prisons: Experts in sustainable operations in corrections facilities

Greening Corrections Technology Guidebook

Sustainability at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Environmental Defense Fund Sustainability Handbook

Rocky Mountain Institute is an independent, entrepreneurial, non-profit think-and-do tank™ whose mission is to drive the efficient and restorative use of resources.

The U.S. Green Building Council is a non-profit community of leaders working to make green buildings available to everyone within a generation.

The Plastic Pollution Coalition is a global alliance of individuals, organizations and businesses working to stop plastic pollution and its toxic impacts; they also have a youtube channel.


Re-entry Resources


  • 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.

Washington State

Education & Training Opportunities


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Green-collar Jobs: Guides and job boards

  • 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.
  • 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.