Airway Height Corrections Center (AHCC)

Program Program Partners (Partnering with DOC, Evergreen, or both) Highlights
Roots of Success, environmental literacy course Roots of Success 7 classes graduated so far
Gardens: Main Second Harvest Food Bank, Master Gardeners, Cheney Outreach for Children, and Salvation Army 100,000 ft2 of gardens grew nearly 80,000 lbs of produce in 2015; most went to the prison kitchen
Gardens: Minimum Second Harvest Food Bank, Master Gardeners, and Gospel Mission 20,000 ft2 of gardens grew 1,400 lbs of produce in 2015
Diversity Garden Cultural groups grow food and flowers for their special events
Flower Gardens Millers Homestead Ornamental and pollinator-friendly plantings throughout the main & minimum areas.
Waste sorting & recycling Waste Management On the job training and education provided to incarcerated technicians.
Worm farm: Main Master Composters New program began in June, 2016; on the job training and education for incarcerated technicians.
Beekeeping Millers Homestead First hives in spring 2016, honey harvested in August; staff and incarcerated beekeepers certificated as apprentice beekeepers by Miller Homestead’s Master beekeeper
Computers 4 Kids Office of the Superintendent of Public InstructionWA Department of Enterprise Services Refurbish and donate 4,500 computers annually; incarcerated technicians learn basic computer diagnostics and can test for certification.
Pawsitive dog training – prison program Diamonds in the Ruff and SpokAnimal Graduated 27 dogs last year, with 4 graduation ceremonies
Firewood donation SNAP Spokane Donated 660 cords  last year to low income families; firewood cutters received firefighting training
Nature Imagery Nature in Prisons Inmates in maximum security area can watch nature videos.
The main garden at Airway Heights Corrections Center

The main garden at Airway Heights Corrections Center

Cedar Creek Corrections Center (CCCC)

Program Program Partners (partnering with DOC, Evergreen, or both) Highlights
Water use reduction and catchment Catchment capacity: 45,000 gallons
Gardens Centralia College, Rochester Organization of Families, Thurston County Food Bank, Littlerock Elementary School 40,000 sq. ft. of gardens, growing ~17,000 lbs/year for prison kitchens and donation to partners
Flower gardens Centralia College Ornamental and pollinator-friendly plantings throughout the campus.
Waste sorting & recycling
Beekeeping Olympia Beekeeping Association 4 successful hives; apprentice education and certification for staff and inmates
Large-scale composting
Western pond turtle care Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Woodland Park Zoo, and PAWS Program began at CCCC, and has expanded to LCC
Prairie Restoration crew 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, Wolf Haven International, and Town of Steilacoom This crew is dedicated full-time to restoring prairie sites in southern Thurston County
Training dogs for veterans Brigadoon Service Dogs Last year, 12 dogs trained to the needs of individual veterans
Horticulture Centralia College ~50 horticulture students annually
Aquoponics Centralia College Yellow perch provide fertilizer for plants in greenhouse system

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Clallam Bay Corrections Center (CBCC)

Program Program Partners (partnering with DOC, Evergreen, or both) Highlights
Roots of Success, environmental literacy course, & Redemption Roots of Success These programs will serve as prerequisites for sustainability job programs
Gardens All produce used within the facility or donated to Peninsula College culinary program
Waste sorting & recycling KNS Recycling ~218,600 lbs waste sent to recycling or composting last year
Dog training and adoption Welfare for Animals Guild (WAG!) 46 dog & 13 Puppies graduated from the program last year
Cat program Welfare for Animals Guild (WAG!) New program in close custody
Green Building and Carpentry Peninsula College 14 students received Green Building certificates last year
Flower gardens Ornamental gardens in courtyard and access breezeway
Beekeeping North Olympic Peninsula Beekeepers Association Preparing to start keeping bees in spring 2017
Water catchment 250 gallon water catchment inside the greenhouse
Cloth hand towels inmates have cloth hand towels to help reduce the use/cost of paper towels

Coyote Ridge Corrections Center (CRCC)

Program Program Partners (partnering with DOC, Evergreen, or both) Highlights
Roots of Success, environmental literacy course Roots of Success 11 classes and 167 graduated students so far!
Heritage Garden Inmates designs that honor the cultural and natural heritage of our local area, using native plants to minimize water use.
Gardens: Minimum 1,100 ft2 of gardens produced 1,645 lbs last year
Pumpkin Patch Grew 200 pumpkins for visitors and community last year
Waste sorting & recycling Sorted more than 250 tons of recyclables last year
Sagebrush Conservation Nursery Bureau of Land Management and the Institute for Applied Ecology Expanded the program in 2016; part of a multi-state effort
Sustainability Lecture Series Institute for Applied Ecology
Ridge Dogs Benton Franklin Humane, Adam County Pet Rescue, Forgotten Dogs 139 dogs graduated from the program last year
Kitten Program Benton Franklin Humane, Adam County Pet Rescue 20 kittens in the program last year
Toys for Tots Tri-Cities Toys for Tots 150 crafts donated to event last year
Teddy bears from reclaimed materials Hospitals, API events held at CRCC, ARC of Tri-Cities, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Donated 275 teddy bears to partners and benefit events
Worm composting Grew 1000 worms to ~10,000 worms and produced 50 lbs of compost for vegetable gardens
Composting: Medium Produced 450 lbs of compost
Plant and Animal Habitat Bird boxes, owl box, and pollinator box in garden
CRCC Land restoration Planted native grass, trees, and shrubs
Nesting Platforms Lower Columbia Basin Audubon Society Coming in FY17
Bees Coming in FY17
Composting: Minimum Coming in FY17

 

A houseplant in one of the living units at Larch Corrections Center. Photo by Ricky Osborne.

A houseplant in one of the living units at Larch Corrections Center. Photo by Ricky Osborne.

Larch Corrections Center (LCC)

Program Program Partners (partnering with DOC, Evergreen, or both) Highlights
Roots of Success, environmental literacy course Roots of Success Four classes graduated so far; only WA minimum security campus offering Roots regularly
Large-scale composting
Gardens Clark County Food Bank Ornamental plantings throughout the campus.
Flower gardens
Waste sorting & recycling First WA prison to have large-scale composting
Waste reduction First WA prison to eliminate trash can liners
Food waste reduction Led by kitchen staff goal setting and tracking
Wood craft donations
Western pond turtles care Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife, Oregon Zoo, and PAWS Technicians attended turtle release in spring, 2016!
Beekeeping Bee Thinking
House plants Only WA prison with house plants in inmate rooms
Larch Cat Adoption Program West Columbia Gorge Humane Society and Humane Society for Southwest WA

 

Mission Creek Corrections Center for Women (MCCCW)

Program Program Partners (partnering with DOC, Evergreen, or both) Highlights
Roots of Success, environmental literacy course Roots of Success On hold until can train more instructors
Small-scale composting 6 tons solid waste composting
Gardens 5 gardens, 250 ft2 total; grew 1000 pounds of produce for prison kitchen
Waste sorting & recycling 24 tons waste diverted to recycling
Water use reduction & catchment 30,000 gallons catchment in ponds; low water use per person
Salmon habitat restoration Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group, Kitsap Conservation District Inmate crew planted 4,000 trees and 2,500 shoreline plants and removed 48 yards3 of Scot’s broom
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 Program started in 2o11, and rears and releases ~2,000 butterflies every year!
Project Feeder Watch Butterfly technicians track and submit feeder use
Pawsitive Prison Project Kitsap Humane Society 96 cats graduated from the program last year
Unit gardens Every living unit has two beds of vegetables
Plant and animal habitat 20 bird boxes

Monroe Correctional Complex (MCC)

Program Program Partners (partnering with DOC, Evergreen, or both) Highlights
Roots of Success, environmental literacy course Roots of Success First class summer, 2016; co-located with SPL
Gardens: Twin River Unit Grew 100 lbs for inmate kitchen and donated another 100; every living unit has garden space
Gardens: Washington State Reformatory Grew 2,230 lbs for inmate kitchen and donated 1,066; every living unit has garden space
Gardens: Special Offenders Unit Grew 100 lbs for inmate kitchen; access to communal garden space
Waste sorting & recycling Technicians receive training and discussion of food sorting to support vermiculture program.
Water use reduction & catchment
Worm Farm City of Monroe, Fircrest Residential Habilitation Center, Northwest Trek Worm bins donated to partners
Black Soldier Fly pilot (food waste composting) Woodland Park Zoo Larvae donated to zoo and local area chicken farmer for animal feed
Sustainable Practices Lab (SPL): Bike program Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, Snohomish Boys & Girls’ Club, Night Out Against Crime 145 bikes donated
SPL Wheelchair program Wheels for the World On track to donate first 300 wheelchairs
SPL Woodshop Developing partnership with Childrens Hospital Building toys and crafts for donation
Waste Water Treatment Certification
Dog training and adoption Summit Assistance Dogs 24 dogs graduated this year
Cat program: Special Offenders Unit Purrfect Pals 17 inmates participate in program
Houseplants Grow plants for donation to hospital floor.
Flower gardens, boxes, baskets Flower gardens are grown to attract bees to pollinate the vegetables.
Plant and animal habitat Washington State Reformatory has bird houses and hummingbird feeders
Craft donation Community Aide Coalition (CAC) Donated 111 quilts and 1000 crocheted hats and scarfs

 

Jeff Burch cleans the pond outside his living unit at Olympic Corrections Center; he said, "This is what I do in my free time. This is my peace of mind." Photo by Ricky Osborne.

Jeff Burch cleans the pond outside his living unit at Olympic
Corrections Center; he said, “This is what I do in my free time. This is my peace of mind.” Photo by Ricky Osborne.

Olympic Corrections Center (OCC)

Program Program Partners (partnering with DOC, Evergreen, or both) Highlights
Gardens Peninsula College 24,000 ft2 of gardens, 4,000 ft2 greenhouses; produced 900 lbs for inmate kitchen, 400 lbs for local food banks, and 300 lbs of pumpkins to visiting children
Horticulture Peninsula College 32 students gained certification last year; 50 enrolled now
Pollinator-friendly plantings
Waste sorting & recycling On the job training for incarcerated technicians.
Large-scale composting CBCC, Kalaloch Lodge On job training for equipment and safety; produced ~23 tons of compost last year used as soil amendment throughout OCC
Waste Water Treatment Since 2002 27 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
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 ~160 toys, crafts, sculptures, and pieces of furniture to charitable and nonprofit partners last year
OCC Dog Program Olympic Peninsula Humane Society 138 dogs graduated from the program since 2010; Dog handlers receive training in AKC Canine Good Citizen practices and meet weekly for group study and attend group training 2x per week.
Green Building Peninsula College 10 students gained Green Building Maintenance certificates last year; 20 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) 120 cords for Native American ceremonies; 86 cords to elderly and handicapped clients of Olycap; 25 cords donated to scholarship auction, worth $8,000; 237 cords donated to fire department
Water features Two living units have fish ponds; the other has a fountain and basin
Flower gardens, boxes, baskets Each living unit has several garden beds planted and maintained by residents; hanging baskets and flowering beds throughout staff and inmate areas
Chickens

 

Stafford Creek Corrections Center (SCCC)

Program Program Partners (partnering with DOC, Evergreen, or both) Highlights
Roots of Success, environmental literacy course Roots of Success In June, 2016, 15th and 16th classes in session; graduated nearly 300 students so far.
Gardens and greenhouses 25,000ft2, produced nearly 9000 lbs of produce last year; all goes to staff and inmate kitchens
Lifer Garden 5,000ft2 garden, growing produce and ornamental flowers
Environmental Engagement Workshop Series Guest experts from nonprofits, agencies, business, etc. Name change in 2017; 736 student-attendees in program last year
Beekeeping Olympia Beekeeping Association 4 successful hives Summer, 2016; donated one of those to LCC’s new program
Waste sorting & recycling
Large-scale composting
Water catchment 3,000 gallons
Bicycle Repair Lions Club 259 bikes repaired and donated last year
Wheelchair Repair Wheels for the World 295 wheelchairs repaired and donated last year
Freedom Tails Harbor Association of Volunteers for Animals (HAVA) Two dog programs combined: 44 dogs graduated, 4 graduation ceremonies last year
Service dogs for veterans Brigadoon Service Dogs
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 First known ecological conservation program in prisons!
Emergent Vegetation Mats Conservation Nursery Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Center for Natural Lands Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Joint Base Lewis-McChord Growing vegetated mats for Oregon spotted frog habitat restoration
Flower gardens, boxes, baskets Flowers plantings throughout the campus.

 

Washington Corrections Center (WCC)

Program Program Partners (partnering with DOC, Evergreen, or both) Highlights
Gardens & greenhouses Thurston County Food BankThe Saint’s Pantry Food Bank, The City Reach Food Bank, and The Shelton Community Kitchen Grew more than 30,000 lbs, value of $56,300; all donated to partners
Plant starts Hood Canal Kiwanis Grew ~2000 plants for 2017 Hood Canal Kiwanis Spring Plant Sale!
Flower gardens, boxes, baskets Flowers planted throughout the campus.
Roots of Success, environmental literacy course Roots of Success Started the program in 2016
Waste sorting & recycling
Large-scale composting
Shoe & clothing repurposing Correctional Industries
Nature Imagery Nature in Prisons Programs in Skill Builders Unit (men with cognitive challenges) and IMU
Prairie Conservation Nursery Center for Natural Lands Management and Joint Base Lewis-McChord
Horticulture Centralia College Education program for men with cognitive challenges; incarcerated Teaching Assistants
House plants Throughout all shared & staff areas
Renee Curtiss poses with a chicken at Washington Corrections Center for Women; Ms. Curtiss is one of the Roots of Success instructors at the prison. Photo by Ricky Osborne.

Renee Curtiss poses with a chicken at Washington Corrections Center for Women; Ms. Curtiss is one of the Roots of Success instructors at the prison. Photo by Ricky Osborne.

Washington Corrections Center for Women (WCCW)

Program Program Partners (partnering with DOC, Evergreen, or both) Highlights
Roots of Success, environmental literacy course Roots of Success Graduated 3 classes so far
Environmental Engagement Workshop Series Guest experts from nonprofits, agencies, business, etc. 2017 name change; 530 lecture student attendees last year
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
Gardens & greenhouses WSU Extension, Pierce County Grew 7,084 lbs of produce for inmate kitchen
Horticulture Tacoma Community College Grew 14,500 lbs of produce for inmate kitchen; provided floral design for 47 events last year; graduated 24 students in June; present enrollemnt is 33 students; 10 incarcerated teacher’s aides
Flower gardens, boxes, baskets WSU Extension, Pierce County, Tacoma Community College Flowers and pollinator-friendly planted throughout the campus.
Prison Pet Partnership First in-prison pet program in the country! Last year, graduated 24 dogs including 1 service and 1 therapy dog
Beekeeping
Chickens Mother Earth Farm and Gig Harbor Food Bank All eggs donated to partners
Farm program Mother Earth Farm, Emergency Food Network Offsite crew of 7 inmates; grow food for donation to partners
Bicycle Repair Kiwanis Gig Harbor supplies bikes; donate to “Gear Up For School” program at KP Middle School; schools in Peninsula School District; and invidual kids identified by Kiwanians More than 200 bikes given to middle school kids at the start of the school year
“Sisters of Charity”, quilts and other fabric crafts Community members donate all items. Donated 2,500 craft items last year to charities (Christmas stockings, knitting, beds for West Sound Wildlife, quilts, etc.)
Sisters of Charity’s wildlife rescue items West Sound Wildlife Yarn nests and pottery bowls for wildlife recovering at the shelter!
Waste sorting & recycling Diverted nearly 80 tons of recyclables from waste stream last year
Large-scale composting Composted 240 tons of food waste last year
Lighting upgrades All burned out bulbs replaced with LEDs

 

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)

Program Program Partners (partnering with DOC, Evergreen, or both) Highlights
Gardens & greenhouses
Rental garden boxes 62 boxes available for individual use in south and east complexes
Beekeeping U.S Department of Agriculture’s Carl Hayden Bee Research Center First certification class in summer, 2016; 12 successful hives!
Kittens in the Klink Blue Mountain Humane Society
Dog training & adoption Blue Mountain Humane Society
Waste sorting & recycling
Sustainable Practices Lab (SPL), 18 programs including bike shop, wood shops, aquaponics, plant starts, worm composting, teddy bears, quilts, and Green Zone; a few detailed below Receive materials donations from partners; since 2013, donated to 438 charities Since 2013, donated 25,342 items to nonprofits; fixed or built 8,932 items for state use; hosted 298 educational tours of the lab; and deferred $170,000 in costs for Washington DOC
Roots of Success, environmental literacy course (SPL) Roots of Success Graduated 226 students so far; all students follow mornings in the classroom with hands-on practice in SPL programs
Green Zone (SPL) On the job training and Master Gardening handbook provided
Sagebrush Conservation Nursery (Green Zone/SPL) Bureau of Land Management and the Institute for Applied Ecology New program in 2017; part of a multi-state effort
Water filtration pilot (SPL) Project 41 Developing low cost technology to supply clean drinking water without electricty
Houseplants Throughout SPL & staff areas
Monarch program Washington State University Department of Entomology Rearing and releasing Monarch butterflies to boost Pacific Northwest populations