For Fiscal Year 2018 (July 1 2017 – June 30, 2018), facilities reported 191 programs and 158 partner organizations statewide. The tables below provide an overview for each of Washington State’s 12 prisons.

Airway Height Corrections Center (AHCC)

Program Program Partners (Partnering with DOC, Evergreen, or both) Recent highlights 
Roots of Success, environmental course Roots of Success 18 classes graduated so far, totaling 227 graduates
Beekeeping Millers Homestead, West Plains Beekeepers Association Tremendously productive and well supported program! Created a new Journeyman curriculum for incarcerated students graduating 17 students; has their own beekeeping club and took part in a pest survey with USDA.
Gardens: Main Master Gardeners 100,000 ft2 of gardens grew nearly 37,000 lbs of produce in 2016, all went to the prison kitchen; due to city water supply contamination, growing cover crops and flowers in 2017 and 18–will start growing produce again in 2019
Gardens: Minimum Second Harvest Food Bank, Master Gardeners, and Gospel Mission 20,000 ft2 of gardens grew 4,140 lbs of produce in 2016; due to city water supply contamination, growing cover crops and flowers in 2017 and 18–will start growing produce again in 2019
Diversity Garden Cultural groups grow food and flowers for their special events
Flower gardens Throughout the prison for human and wildlife well-being
Pollinator forage and habitat Millers Homestead Pollinator-friendly plantings throughout the main & minimum areas: flowers, herbs, pussy willow. Large woody debris (log!) and shrubby habitat in pond area.
Waste sorting & recycling Waste Management Technicians receive comprehensive on-the-job training and education provided by DOC staff and Waste Mgmt company; in past year, recycled ~429 tons of metals, cardboard, paper, pin plastics, and textiles
Worm farm:  Minimum Master Composters MSU program first started managing 3 bins; added 2 bins in the main in 2017 (this program temp suspended); Master Composters provide education for technicians and program sponsors; worm tea produced and used on site.
SPL: Quilting Blessings Under the Bridge, AHCC Medical End of Life Patients Inmates repurposed 320 lbs of clothing and textiles (~60% of the waste stream); created 46 quilts for donation; June celebration for all program partners
Computers 4 Kids Office of the Superintendent of Public InstructionWA Department of Enterprise Services In past year, refurbished 4,321 computers for schools plus 10,311 to surplus; incarcerated technicians learn basic computer diagnostics and can test for certification, plus office and shipping skills.
Pawsitive dog training – prison program Diamonds in the Ruff and SpokAnimal Graduated 16 dogs in past year, and held 2 graduation ceremonies; Humane Society hosted a “Yappy Hour” on September 5 to raise funds for the program.
Firewood donation SNAP Spokane Donated 571 cords of wood in past year to low income families; DNR provides wildland fire trainings, and prison staff provide firewood and chipper trainings.
Nature Imagery Nature Imagery in Prisons Inmates in maximum security area can watch nature videos.

 

Master of Environmental Studies graduate student Jeanne Dodds presented a science illustration focused on monarch butterfly conservation as part of her summer internship. Photo by Ricky Osborne.

Cedar Creek Corrections Center (CCCC)

Program Program Partners (partnering with DOC, Evergreen, or both) Recent highlights 
Beekeeping: CCCC Olympia Beekeeping Association 5 classes of apprentice education and certification so far; wood shop built hives for new McNeil Island program
Beekeeping: McNeil Island Correctional Industries, Department of Natural Resources, community beekeepers 2 hives installed on the island in May by a crew of incarcerated beekeepers from CCCC, staff beekeepers from CCCC, and a team of local expert beekeepers. The program is buzzing!
Western pond turtle care Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Woodland Park Zoo, and PAWS 60 turtles cared for and released since 2013; program part of a much broader partnership
Woodpecker predation study  US Forest Service New program in fall 2017, which is proving very successful! Reviewing video footage of nests to document activity; white-headed and black-backed woodpeckers are priority species for research as they are less common.
Aquaponics Symbiotic Cycles, Centralia College New 5ft x 20ft raft bed system to produce greens year round for facility kitchen; technicians received 2-part training from Symbiotic Cycles LLC.
Vegetable gardens Centralia College, Littlerock Elementary School 40,000 ft2 of gardens, grew ~8500 lbs of produce for inmate kitchen in 2017; grew pumpkins for School District
Flower gardens Centralia College ~15,000 Pollinator Friendly Annual flowers planted around grounds each year
Waste sorting & recycling Need to rebuild program
Large-scale composting 276916 lbs of organic matter diverted to composting, which produced 138+ tons of finished compost.
Training dogs for veterans Brigadoon Service Dogs 20 dogs trained to the needs of individual veterans in the past year; 2 graduation ceremonies
Community College Horticulture Centralia College 60-70 horticulture students annually
Construction: tiny homes and wildlife habitat Centralia CollegeLow Income Housing Institute, community beekeepers Building tiny homes for tiny home villages; built bird houses to native species’ specs from scrap wood, for onsite placements; built bee boxes for McNeil Island program
Waste water treatment Department of Ecology (DOE) In 2018, DOE recognized CCCC wastewater treatment facility with Outstanding Performance Award; testament to work of facility staff plus incarcerated individuals who work at the treatment plant and gain valuable skills for post-release
Water use reduction and catchment Catchment capacity: 45,000 gallons; replaced concrete and gravel around the wood shop with grass to reduce water run off.

 

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Turtle program partners discuss plans and paperwork in the Western Pond Turtle Program at CCCC. Photo by Ricky Osborne.

Clallam Bay Corrections Center (CBCC)

Program Program Partners (partnering with DOC, Evergreen, or both) Recent highlights 
Roots of Success, environmental course Roots of Success New staff sponsor excited about the program; 2 classes graduated so far, 3rd in session now
Beekeeping North Olympic Peninsula Beekeepers Association Combined their hives to make it stronger for winter; hosted 2nd beekeeping intensive class in May; incarcerated beekeepers enthusiastically studying all aspects of beekeeping
Vegetable gardens Donations to Peninsula College culinary program 5850 ft2 (additional 4000 ft2 unused); ~1200  pounds of produce grown (~43 lbs to culinary program, 1,075 to the kitchen, 84 lbs to area food banks)
Flower gardens Planted 500 perennials this year; ornamental gardens in courtyard, access breezeway, MSC light yards; “worm tea” is only fertilizer
Ozette Potato program Program launched May 2018; growing seed potatoes for local tribe to help replenish cultural staple.
KNS Recycling ~218,600 lbs waste sent to recycling or composting last year
Dog training and adoption Welfare for Animals Guild (WAG!) 25 dogs graduated from the program in past year; hosted reunions for adoptive families and incarcerated trainers.
Cat program Welfare for Animals Guild (WAG!) Hosted by two units in close custody; 17 cats gone through program.
Water catchment 250 gallon water catchment inside the greenhouse
Waste water treatment Water treated in waste water lagoon exceeds gold standard!
Waste sorting & recycling KNS Recycling Job training provided by DOC staff and recycling vendor; 445,830 lbs to recycling, 81,855 lbs to composting, 1625 lbs of clothing to textiles recycling.

 

The Roots of Success program at CRCC has thrived from the start, graduating 14 classes since the start in 2014. Photo by Ricky Osborne.

Coyote Ridge Corrections Center (CRCC)

Program Program Partners (partnering with DOC, Evergreen, or both) Recent highlights 
Roots of Success, environmental course Roots of Success 16 classes graduated so far!
Sustainability Lecture Series Guest speakers Three lectures this past year: A Plastic Ocean, Solar Energy, and Sustainability.
Beekeeping Mid Columbia Beekeepers Ass’n Program is buzzing! Two classes in session and working to start a journeyman-level beekeeper program
Sustainability Passport In past year, awarded 55 passports with stamps for various sustainability programs: lecture series, beekeeping, Roots, Toys for Tots, etc.
Plant and Animal Habitat Bird boxes, owl box, and pollinator box in garden; built 6 bee boxes in past year.
Land restoration Lamb Weston Restoring native vegetation outside the fence, planted ~200 sagebrush plants and ~3 lbs of blanket flower seeds
Heritage Garden Inmate-designed, honors cultural and natural heritage of local area, using native plants to minimize water use.
Gardens: Minimum 3,000 ft2 of gardens produced more than 5000 lbs in 2017
Worm composting: Main and Minimum Have grown 1000 worms to ~45,000; processed ~600 lbs of food waste and generated 300 lbs of worm castings.
Composting Produced 2.5 tons of compost in past year
Waste sorting & recycling Sorted ~167 tons of recyclables in past year: metals, cardboard, paper, plastic
Ridge Dogs Benton Franklin Humane, Adam County Pet Rescue 105 dogs graduated from the program in past year! Volunteer publishing participant essays on program experience
Mother and kitten foster Benton Franklin Humane, Adam County Pet Rescue 20 kittens in the program last year
Toys for Tots Tri-Cities Toys for TotsShriners Hospital for Children Donated 150 toys and crafts in the in past year
Teddy bears from reclaimed materials Hospitals, API events held at CRCC, ARC of Tri-Cities, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Donated 251 teddy bears to partners and benefit events

 

Cat handler Leon Fannon holds a cat at Larch Corrections Center, outside Vancouver, WA. Photo by Ricky Osborne.

Larch Corrections Center (LCC)

Program Program Partners (partnering with DOC, Evergreen, or both) Recent highlights 
Roots of Success, environmental course Roots of Success Graduated 9 classes so far and trained 3 new instructors!
Western pond turtles care Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife, Oregon Zoo Cared for 32 turtles so far, from Columbia Gorge population (receives different treatment and arrives later than CCCC turtles)
Beekeeping Clark County Beekeeping Association Has expanded into 4 hives and one nuc going into winter; harvested 5 gallons of honey this year!
Plantain, food source for Taylor’s checkerspot butterflies Oregon Zoo Technicians maintain garden beds and harvest leaves to feed butterfly larvae raised at the zoo and MCCCW.
Bird feeders Feeders throughout the facility; re-home baby birds that fall from nests.
Gardens Hired new Groundskeeper and will restart gardens in 2019
House plants Only prison where inmates may have houseplants in their rooms: nearly 300 for 480 residents!
Waste reduction Education posters throughout the facility, and recycle bins everywhere!
Waste sorting & recycling Waste Connections,
Paper People
Calbag Metals
Expanded recycling collection for staff areas and food service; Living Unit recyclers do great job of sorting.; sent 17 tons of steel to Calbag Metals and 9 tons of cardboard to Paper People!
Food waste reduction 63.6 tons of food waste was diverted in past year, yielding 18.2 tons of compost.
Large-scale composting First WA prison to have large-scale composting; diverted 63.6 tons of food waste to produce 18.2 tons of finished compost in past year.
Wood craft donations Created 50+ Jewelry boxes and other items, donated to non-profits.
Larch Dog Adoption Program Humane Society for Southwest WA Weekly classes and one-on-one training with handlers; 48 dogs and puppies in the program in past year.
Larch Cat Adoption Program West Columbia Gorge Humane Society and Humane Society for Southwest WA Education and training every 2nd week; 46 kittens and cats adopted in past year.

 

(Left to right) Jessica Stevens, Nicole Alexander, Cynthia Fetterly, and Alexis Coleman pose in front of their original artwork. Ms. Stevens and Ms. Christopher painted this banner to welcome Girl Scouts Beyond Bars to the butterfly lab for a day of activities, including a unique Taylor’s checkerspot merit badge designed by Ms. Alexander. Photo by Keegan Curry.

Mission Creek Corrections Center for Women (MCCCW)

Program Program Partners (partnering with DOC, Evergreen, or both) Recent highlights 
Roots of Success, environmental course Restarted the program, classes once a week
Taylor’s checkerspot butterfly program U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, and the Oregon Zoo The captive breeding program experienced a record year: almost 11,000 eggs collected, 3,000 caterpillars released in Feb., “bonus” release of 3,000 more caterpillars in June; five technicians earned SPP certificates.; crew visited butterfly habitat for educational field trip.
Beekeeping West Sound Beekeepers Association Has 3 hives and graduated 2 classes of beekeepers so far
Bird boxes 20 bird boxes, 2 bird feeders
Conservation crews Kitsap Conservation DistrictGreat Peninsula ConservancyJefferson Land Trust Planting projects and invasive weed removal for partners.
GRACE (Gardening for Restoration and Conservation Education) Project Kitsap Conservation District,
Central Kitsap Foodbank
Kitsap Conservation District 1/4 acre garden tended by MCCCW crew, produced 11,000+ lbs in first season! 10,800 donated to 4 food banks; 200 lbs fresh produce to the prison kitchen; mid-October, food bank patrons can bring their kids to pumpkin patch.
Vegetable gardens Increased garden space to 720 ft2; grew 1,430 pounds of produce for prison kitchen and food bank in past year; every living unit has 2 beds of vegetables
Flower gardens Added 6 new flowerbeds for butterflies; flower garden for every living unit
Small-scale composting 25 tons solid waste composting in past year
Waste sorting & recycling Nearly 57 tons to recycling in past year
Water use reduction & catchment 30,000 gallons catchment in ponds; low water use per person, 66 gallons/inmate/day in past year
Pawsitive Prison Project Kitsap Humane Society 291 cats and 71 handlers in 3 years of program
House plants All living units have houseplants and numerous staff have plants in offices.

 

Partners in the world-class composting program at Monroe Correctional Complex discuss plans. Photo by Ricky Osborne.

Monroe Correctional Complex (MCC)

Area Program Program Partners (partnering with DOC, Evergreen, or both) Recent Highlights
MCC-WSR Composting programs: Worm Farm, Black Soldier Flies, Bokashi (fermentation) Tilth Alliance, University of Washington Ecosystem Science Division, University Beyond Bars 6 technicians awarded composting certificates in past year; developing gardening curricula & certification; partnership with UW studying composting trials on crops’ nutritional value; current food waste processing capacity 65,000 lbs/annually; with commercial food pulper will process all food waste from WSR; worm farm has 8.5 million worms in 17 bins; black soldier fly program expansion construction complete (8x bigger!), 105 processing bins; will come on line with commercial food pulper.
MCC-WSR City of Monroe public flowers City of Monroe donates materials, receives flowers and worm castings Grew 1,000 begonias for City; plan to grow many more next year — new benches in greenhouse to hold 40,000 plant starts
MCC-WSR SPL Roots of Success Roots of Success Graduated 4 classes so far!
MCC-WSR SPL Bicycles from Heaven Bikes donated by Snohomish County Sheriff, Monroe PD, Marysville PD, Everett PD; donated to Snohomish County Boys & Girls Club and the City of Sultan for National Night Out In past year: restored 130, shipped out 137,  recycled 31.
MCC-WSR SPL Wheelchair program Wheels for the World Restored 165 wheelchairs, recycled 31; restored 45 walkers; restored 50 crutches; shipments to Peru
MCC-WSR SPL Wood Craft 4 Charity Scrap wood donated by Canyon Creek Cabinet Company; donate to Childrens Hospital, YWCA, Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County, Women’s Shelter of Monroe Created and donated 101 toys and puzzles and 6 bird houses
MCC-WSR House plants Grow plants for hospital floor.
MCC-WSR Waste sorting & recycling Technicians receive education and training on sorting to support composting programs
MCC-WSR Waste Water Treatment Certification
MCC-WSR Bird habitat Bird houses and hummingbird feeders
MCC-WSR Flower gardens Flowers selected to attract bees and pollinate the vegetables
MCC-WSR Vegetable gardens CI Food Services donated seeds Grew 1,271 lbs for inmate kitchen; every living unit has garden space; new heated greenhouse ~30 x 60
MCC-SOU Beekeeping Snohomish Beekepers 3 healthy hives; 5 incarcerated and 2 staff beekeepers certified
MCC-SOU Nature Imagery NIPP team New program in 2018
MCC-SOU Vegetable gardens Thriving program: tomatoes, zucchini, cucumbers, cabbage, lettuce, squash, and herbs
MCC-SOU Cat program Purrfect Pals Since 2006, 800 cats adopted; started clicker training for cat tricks!
MCC-TRU Beekeeping Northwest District Beekeepers Association 6 hives; displayed at the Evergreen State Fair; new hives were so productive that they harvested honey; staff and inmates show huge enthusiasm for the program!
MCC-TRU Gardens Grew 850 lbs for inmate kitchen; every living unit has garden space; ~4000 ft2 of gardens
MCC-TRU Community Aide Coalition: quilting, crochet, textile arts Over the Rainbow Fabrics, Dolly Haakenson, and clothing and textile advisors of Snohomish County donate materials; crafts donated to Interfaith Family Shelter, Westlake Shelter, Hope Crew, Swedish, Evergreen, Seattle Children’s and Providence Hospitals, Rainbow Center, Evergreen Hospice, Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center, Summit Assistance Dogs, Holy Rosary Church, Rotary First Harvest, East Count and Monroe Senior Center and many, many others. 99 quilts and 229 crochet and fabric hats created and donated in past year.
MCC-TRU Dog training and adoption Summit Assistance Dogs 16 dogs graduated this year, in 4 graduations; 4 are presently in advanced training to be placed with a recipient

 

Bee friendly plants bloom year round in the greenhouse at OCC. Photo by Ricky Osborne.

Olympic Corrections Center (OCC)

Program Program Partners (partnering with DOC, Evergreen, or both) Recent highlights 
Gardens Peninsula CollegeSunshine and Rainbows Child Development Center, Quileute Tribe 24,000 ft2 of gardens, 4,000 ft2 greenhouses; rain garden cleans runoff from greenhouse and slows erosion; donated 240 lbs of vegetables plus ~6,000 lbs of potatoes
Community College Horticulture Peninsula College,
Sunshine and Rainbows Child Development Center, Forks Gamers Group, Sarge’s Place for Homeless Vets
45 students achieved certification; grew plants for OCC beautification; donations included plants, plant starts pumpkins, and giant pumpkin for fundraiser
Pollinator-friendly plantings Peninsula College All greenhouse plants selected to benefit pollinators; in past year increased plantings for pollinators, including natives
Flower gardens, boxes, baskets Each living unit has several garden beds for residents; hanging baskets and flowering beds throughout staff and inmate areas
Water features Two living units have fish ponds; the other has a fountain and basin
Waste sorting & recycling On the job training for incarcerated technicians; recycled 25 tons of card board and 12–15 tons of scrap metal in past year
Large-scale composting CBCC, Kalaloch Lodge On job training for equipment and safety; in past year, 202 tons of food waste yielded 98 tons of finished compost
Waste Water Treatment Washington Department of Ecology (DOE) DOE’s Outstanding Performance Award to program manager in 2017! Since 2002, 32 incarcerated technicians trained to Waste Water Treatment Operator 1 / 2 level; many reported work in WWT following release
Water catchment Two 2,100 gal tanks; red faucets for rainwater watering
Solar power Installed 5k watt solar array has produced 8,383 kWh of electricity
Wood shop Quileute High School scholarships, Cherish our Children, and Forks Lions Club, CASA, Quillayute Valley School District, Relay for Life, Forks Chamber of Commerce, Timber Museum, Olympic Anglers, Calm Waters and Forks Soroptimists; wood provided by Westport Shipyard and OCC Community Crews (Department of Natural Resources) Donated 300, crafts, sculptures, furniture, and signs to charitable and nonprofit partners, all made from reclaimed wood.
Dog training and adoption Olympic Peninsula Humane Society 167 dogs graduated from the program since 2010; dog handlers receive training in AKC Canine Good Citizen practices, meet weekly for group study and group training
Green Building Peninsula College In past year, 24 students gained Green Building Maintenance certificates; 67 currently enrolled; learning small scale construction and sustainable/economic living strategies
Firewood Olycap, Quillayute Valley Scholarship Auction, Lake Quinault Fire Department, OCC Community Crews (Department of Natural Resources) Cut and donated 150 cords of firewood in past year.

 

A student at October, 2017 Climate Symposium at SCCC signals that he has something to share. Photo by Ricky Osborne.

Stafford Creek Corrections Center (SCCC)

Program Program Partners (partnering with DOC, Evergreen, or both) Recent highlights 
Roots of Success, environmental course Roots of Success Graduated 370 students in 22 classes! Training new instructors for the program
Environmental Workshop Series Guest experts from nonprofits, agencies, business, etc. Super successful year for the program: 854 attendees, 118 certifications awarded, five hour climate change symposium, excellent students!!
Seed to Supper curriculum from OR Food Bank and OSU Extension Service 12 classes in 2018, ~65 students completed the course so far; staff and students contributing to gardening certification development
Beekeeping Expert community beekeeper Graduated 4 classes of incarcerated beekeepers; watched queens hatch this spring
Prairie Conservation Nursery Center for Natural Lands Management, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington Department of Natural Resources, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Oregon Zoo, Pacific Rim Institute for Environmental Stewardship, Whidbey-Camano Land Trust, Friends of Puget Prairies, and Wolf Haven International In past year. cultivated 100,000 prairie plants for habitat restoration; held 16 seminars on restoration ecology
Emergent Vegetation Mats Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Center for Natural Lands Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Joint Base Lewis-McChord In past year, 111 emergent wetland mats for habitat restoration installed at Oregon spotted frog sites and monitored for efficacy; 31 education sessions for technicians
Gardens and greenhouses Coastal Harvest Food BankHarvest Now 25,000 ft2 of gardens produced 20,314 lbs of produce, all donated to food bank; starting in July, portion goes to inmate kitchen
Beekeeping Expert community beekeeper Graduated 4 classes of incarcerated beekeepers; watched queens hatch this spring
Lifer Garden Coastal Harvest Food BankHarvest Now 5,000 ft2 garden tended only by Lifers, growing produce and ornamental flowers
Food Bank fundraisers Giving Tree, Coastal Community Action Senior Center, Community Youth Services, Set Free Christian Fellowship, Coastal Harvest Food Bank, Unidos Por Puerto Rico Inmates and staff raised and donated ~$9730 to non-profits listed
Large-scale composting Diverted 264,000+ lbs food waste, created 132 tons of finished compost
Waste sorting & recycling Diverted 239 tons of metals, cardboard and paper to recycling in past year
Water catchment Water catchment at greenhouse and each living unit, 3210 gallons capacity
Bicycle Repair Lions Club 193 bikes repaired and donated in past year
Wheelchair Repair Wheels for the World 147 wheelchairs repaired and donated in past year
Freedom Tails Harbor Association of Volunteers for Animals (HAVA) 34 dogs graduated, 3 graduation ceremonies
Service dogs for veterans Brigadoon Service Dogs 9 dogs trained to the needs of individual veterans
Bird houses More than 40 houses on the grounds
Pollinator plantings Pollinator plants in every garden and next to greenhouses
Flower gardens, boxes, baskets Flowers gardens throughout the grounds, two more outside the fence
Construction: projects to benefit homeless Low Income Housing InstituteFamily Promise of Grays Harbor Tiny home construction beginning October 2018; donated cabinetry for Day Center renovations

 

The ornamental gardens surrounding Cedar Hall at WCC are gorgeous and meticulously cared for by the residents. Photo by Ricky Osborne.

Washington Corrections Center (WCC)

Program Program Partners (partnering with DOC, Evergreen, or both) Recent highlights
Roots of Success, environmental course Roots of Success Working on restarting Roots program; hosted a training event to train new instructors for LCC
Environmental Workshop Series Guest experts from nonprofits, agencies, business, etc. Program re-launch in April, 2018; going strong since!
Prairie Conservation Nursery Center for Natural Lands ManagementJoint Base Lewis-McChordWashington Department of Natural Resources, Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Oregon Zoo, Friends of Puget PrairiesWolf Haven International 2018, program had the largest native violet production nursery in the world! 37 education sessions developed and delivered to cognitively challenged incarcerated students; produced 11 lbs. of early blue violet seed; transitioning to more diversity: created seed beds for 6 new species of prairie plants
Beekeeping, “Intensive Bee Management Unit” Olympia Beekeepers Association Graduated 2 classes of students and has 6 hives going into winter!
Horticulture Centralia College Education program for men with cognitive challenges that teaches adult basic education contextualized as horticulture; incarcerated Teaching Assistants
Gardens and greenhouses Thurston County Food BankThe Saint’s Pantry Food BankThe City Reach Food Bank, and The Shelton Community Kitchen, Harvest Now FY18, grew 32,200 lbs; Harvest Now donated vegetable seeds to increase production for food banks; garden area 43,560 ft2, greenhouse 1,440 ft2
Plant starts Kiwanis Hoodsport Grew 7,000 plants for 2018 Hood Canal Kiwanis Spring Plant Sale!
Construction: bus stops, tiny homes, Neighborhood Pantries, bird houses Centralia College, Low Income Housing Institute, Kiwanis Hoodsport, Hood Canal School District Carpenters obtaining college credit while working on neighborhood projects: starting to build tiny homes; built and donated 3 bus stops; in past year, built 9 more pantry boxes for Kitsap neighborhood food sharing; bird boxes for WCC grounds.
Flower gardens Flower gardens throughout the campus
Nature Imagery NIPP team; University of UT 2 Nature Imagery rooms in Cedar Hall; hosted documentary film makers and 2 information nights focused on program
House plants Plants in all shared and staff areas, which are provided and maintained by Grounds Maintenance crew
Large-scale composting Diverted 40,220 lbs of food waste to composting
Waste sorting & recycling Diverted nearly 250 tons of metals, cardboard, paper and plastics to recycling
Shoe and clothing repurposing Correctional Industries DOC facilities send used clothes to WCC for reuse and recycling; repurposed 7,266 t-shirts, 26,260 boxer shorts, 11,483 pairs of socks
Training dogs for veterans Brigadoon Service Dogs Training service dogs for the needs of individual veterans. Small pilot with plans for expansion.

 

Horticulture student Celeste Nathan gets ready to plant tomato starts at WCCW. Photo by Ricky Osborne.

Washington Corrections Center for Women (WCCW)

Programs Program Partners (partnering with DOC, Evergreen, or both) Recent highlights
Roots of Success, environmental course Roots of Success Supporting program for WA Corrections residents housed at Yakima Jail; WCCW program on hold
Environmental Workshop Series Guest experts from nonprofits, agencies, business, etc. Reduced attendance in the past year: 250 compared to 385 in FY17 and 530 year before that; this year, plans to improve accessibility and program awareness.
Prairie Conservation Nursery Center for Natural Lands Management, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington Department of Natural Resources, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Oregon Zoo, Pacific Rim Institute for Environmental Stewardship, Whidbey-Camano Land Trust, Friends of Puget Prairies, and Wolf Haven International In past year, cultivated 100,000 prairie plants for habitat restoration, increased seed nursery to produce Viola adunca for Federally listed silverspot butterfly on the Oregon coast; 13 seminars on restoration ecology
Gardens and greenhouses Tacoma Community College, WSU Extension, Pierce County 10,000 ft2 of growing space; summer of 2018 grew 7,385+ lbs of produce for inmate kitchen; 10 TAs maintain landscaping
Community College Horticulture Tacoma Community College, WSU Extension, Pierce County Very successful program; currently 34 students enrolled and will earn 55 college credits upon completion; earlier graduates are program’s TAs; 4 Master Gardener volunteers serving as mentors
Beekeeping Mother Earth Farm, Little Eoarth Farm, Tacoma Community College 2nd beekeeping apprentice class in 2017; hives at the prison and at Mother Earth Farm
Offsite farm crew Mother Earth Farm, Emergency Food NetworkTacoma Community College Offsite crew of 9 organic farm students grew 100,000+ lbs for donation to 16 food pantries; gave ~3,400 hours, estimated at $81,497 value; formal education on 17 topics earns 9 credits from TCC
Prison Pet Partnership First in-prison pet program in the country! in past year, graduated 35 dogs, 23 incarcerated employees; one scholarship for reentry
Waste sorting & recycling In past year. diverted 89+ tons of materials from waste stream to recycling
Large-scale composting Last year, composted 257 tons of food waste
Bicycle Repair In past year donated 182 refurbished bikes to school kids; as of 12/2017 this program is no longer sponsored by Gig Harbor Kiwanis; program reduced to private donations
“Sisters of Charity: quilts, fabric crafts, wildlife rescue Community members donate supplies; West Sound Wildlife receives nests and beds Projected to donate 300-400 craft items (Christmas stockings, knitting, quilts, yarn nests and animal beds, etc.)
Electric vehicles Maintain 2 electric vehicles
Lighting upgrades Upgraded all perimeter lighting to LEDs in past year

 

Anthony Ralls in the sewing shop at the Sustainable Practice Lab smiles as he describes his work (Washington State Penitentiary). Photo by Ricky Osborne.

Anthony Ralls in the sewing shop at the Sustainable Practice Lab smiles as he describes his work (Washington State Penitentiary). Photo by Ricky Osborne.

Washington State Penitentiary (WSP)

Area Program Program Partners (partnering with DOC, Evergreen, or both) Recent highlights
WSP Monarch butterfly program, restoring Pacific Northwest populations Washington State University Department of Entomology 2012-2016, prison program reared and released more than 1/3 of 13,778 butterflies
WSP Institutional Sustainability Garden Donate to Blue Mountain Action Council and Christian Aid Center 2017 grew 151,470 lbs of produce, savings of $175,937; 457,380 ft2 of garden
WSP Waste sorting & recycling 323,000 pounds of cardboard and steel diverted to recycling; new recycle shop to coordinate sorting; work crew of 10
WSP Composting, main 304,000 lbs of food waste diverted to composting
WSP Electrical upgrades Facility Electrical Dept. has completed 8 LED lighting retrofits that will pay off in 1 to 6 years; yearly energy savings of 434,720 kWh equivalent to $22,840!
WSP Water conservation Government rebates via PPL Electric Utilities; ICON Systems Inc. Upgraded plumbing in living unit, estimating 82% water savings, worth $65,000; planning for 2 more units
WSP BAR Units kitten program Blue Mountain Humane Society Socializing and raising kittens for adoption; ~70 kittens in the program this past year
WSP-MSU Beekeeping  Mona Chambers, professional beekeeper and founder of See The Bees; West Plains Beekeepers Association Has 15 hives and just graduated another class with 13 incarcerated beekeepers and 1 staff member; participated in USDA bee health study
WSP-MSU Sheep conservation program Washington Department of Fish and WildlifeWashington State University Successful first season; ewes in the program gave birth to 28 lambs, 9 females and 19 males; developing protocols and educational materials for year 2.
WSP-SPL SPL overview Receive materials donations from partners; donated to 530 charities since start of SPL in 2012 23 programs in past year donated 17,000+ items to non-profits; provided 8,500+ items for State use; estimate $200,000+ savings for DOC; 7 tour guides; 225 tours provided; all technicians receive Roots of Success and Redemption, and several other education programs
WSP-SPL SPL: Bicycle Refurbish Bikes donated by Walla Walla Police and Sheriff’s Department Rebuilt and donated 30 bikes in past year
WSP-SPL SPL: Wood Shop Built custom wood signs, special furniture items, and carvings; 194 projects this past year; big cost savings for DOC associated
WSP-SPL SPL: Wood Carving Hand-carved 194 items for auctions this past year
WSP-SPL SPL: Learning Center Creates education curricula, manages inventory, coordinates events, TV repair and rental
WSP-SPL SPL: Aquaculture and Aquaponics Produce 60+ heads of leaf lettuce every 90 days; maintain stock of 3,000+ tilapia and trout
WSP-SPL SPL: Worm Farm In past year, produced 27,600+ lbs of worm castings (retail value $357,144), and 3,200 gals of worm tea
WSP-SPL SPL: Furniture Repair Simpli-Home Furniture LLC. donated $120,000 value of furniture (for example); donations to Habitat for Humanity, The Humane Society, Veterans Housing Project, Women and Children Rescue Mission, Christian Charities Mission, and Teen Aid Donated furniture sorted, salvaged, and assembled for donation to 40+ charities
WSP-SPL SPL: Sign shop Recycle metal signs, and re-size or re-manufacture; produced 2,000+ signs in past year, cost savings of $2,000
WSP-SPL SPL: Teddy bears SPL’s most productive shop by # of items, annually creating ~5000 stuffed bears and other items for charities
WSP-SPL SPL: Quilting From reclaimed fabric, in past year created ~160 quilts, blankets, and wall hangings for charity, including 120 blankets for homeless shelters and fine-craft times for auctions
WSP-SPL SPL: Water treatment systems Project 41 Building low cost water treatment systems for African users, human-powered; built 236 units in past year!
WSP-SPL SPL: Roots of Success, environmental course Roots of Success Graduated 353 students in 23 classes since 2013!
WSP-SPL SPL: Green Zone Farm to school, Lettuce grow,
Master Gardening program, OSU
Produced 14 700 lbs of produce; delivered 1500 potted plant for 8 local school in Walla Walla
WSP-SPL SPL: Green Zone composting This program plus SPL worms processed 42 tons of food waste from West Complex kitchen. In Green Zone, combine food waste with waste paper, wood, and yard waste and produced 17 tons of finished compost.