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Sustainability in Prisons Project (SPP)

Sustainability in Prisons Project logo which is light green text with a black frog

The Washington State Department of Corrections has earned a national reputation for its efforts to make both its operations and facilities more sustainable. By being innovative and forming unique partnerships we have reduced our impact on the environment, made our operations more efficient and assisted with wildlife restoration.

The Sustainability in Prisons Project is a partnership of the Washington State Department of Corrections and The Evergreen State College . Our mission is to bring science and nature into prisons. We conduct ecological research and conserve biodiversity by forging collaborations with scientists, offenders, prison staff, students and community partners. Equally important, we help reduce the environmental, economic and human costs of prisons by inspiring and informing sustainable practices.

Contact Department Liaison

Share your ideas and ask us questions by contacting us at:

Julie Vanneste , Sustainable Operations Manager
Washington State Department of Corrections
P.O. Box 41112
Olympia, Washington 98504-1112
(360) 725-8396

Recognition and Awards

LEED™ — Gold Prison Campus

Coyote Ridge Corrections Center in Franklin County became the first prison in the world to have its entire campus designated LEED™ — certified Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Washington Correctional Association

The 2010 Education Award went to Evergreen Professor Nalini Nadkarni for her work with the Sustainability in Prisons Project.

Harvard University Innovation Award

Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government designated the project as “Bright Idea” to be shared with the public sector, nonprofits and universities. The program is administered by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation.