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 ex-offenders—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 Network Manager Joslyn Trivett at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Gardens & Horticulture
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 offenders 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Education & Training Opportunities
- 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.
- DC Central Kitchen recycles food, trains unemployed adults for culinary careers, serves healthy school meals, and develops urban food systems.
- 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.
- 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.
- Rising Sun Energy Center: Green programs training in California
- Seattle Tilth offers classes and workshops on how to grow food, compost, garden organically, raise urban livestock, and conserve natural resources.
- Veterans Green Jobs provides education and career development opportunities for military veterans
- Washington State Beekeepers Association: Support for both hobbyists and professional beekeepers; the site includes a directory of local beekeeping organizations.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.