INFOGRAPHIC: Taking Care of the Environment from Behind Bars
100-PO018 (R 4/2017)
Hundreds of inmates lead environmental conservation projects in all 12 of Washington's Correctional facilities through the Sustainability in Prisons Project. Check out some of their accomplishments!
In Fiscal Year 2016:
- 30,200 items donated to charities made from repurposed materials
- 417,000 pounds of produce grown and given to local food banks
- 24 percent more energy saved by replacing old perimeter lighting with LED bulbs
- 2,800 + Taylor's checkerspot butterfly caterpillars reared and released
- 12 beehives maintained by inmate beekeepers to aid honeybee conservation
- 420,000 plant "plugs" cultivated for lowland prairie restoration. Plugs are seedlings grown in trays that become plant starts
- 400+ dogs and cats rescued, trained and adopted
- 459 refurbished bicycles given to children living in poverty
- 295 restored wheelchairs given to people with disabilities in developing countries
- Sustainability in Prisons Project Annual Report, Fiscal Year 2016
The Sustainability in Prions Project is a partnership with the Washington State Department of Corrections and The Evergreen State College. Its mission is to bring science, environmental education and nature into prisons.