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

More resources available on other pages:


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



  • 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”.


Supporting Studies 

The Pendulum Swings Back, RAND Corporation, December, 2016

How nature imagery affects inmates, Corrections Today, January, 2017

Green prison programmes, recidivism and mental health, Criminal Behavior & Mental Health, 2015

Exploring the Value of Prison-Based Dog Handler Programs, The Prison Journal, 2017


Education & Training Opportunities



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.
  • 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.