Sustainability in Prisons Project
The Sustainability in Prisons Project is a partnership founded by the Washington State Department of Corrections and The Evergreen State College. Their mission is to bring science and nature into prisons through ecological research, and through conserving biodiversity by forging collaborations with scientists, inmates, prison staff, students, and community partners. They are working to reduce the environmental, economic, and human costs of prisons by bringing concepts about sustainable practices to prisons in the State of Washington.
“This union of ideas and activities – and people inside and outside prison walls – creates a collaborative, intellectually stimulating environment in which incarcerated men and women play key roles in conservation and advancing scientific knowledge. We encourage teamwork, mutual respect and a stewardship ethic among individuals who typically have little or no access to nature or opportunities in science and sustainability. Our vision is not only to save tax dollars and natural resources, but also to help offenders rebuild their lives for the benefit of all.” (Winter Newsletter, 2013/14)
Check out their winter newsletter for several exciting articles about recent developments in their program: