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Sustainability in Prisons Project Celebrates 20 Years of Sustainable Change

September 27, 2023

By Brendan Baptiste Communications Office

(Brendan Baptiste, Communications Office)

The Sustainability in Prisons Project (SPP) celebrated a significant milestone as they marked its 20th anniversary of pioneering environmental and correctional reform. Founded in 2003 at Cedar Creek Corrections Center, the Washington State Department of Corrections and The Evergreen State College created a partnership that has helped to transform correctional facilities across the state into hubs of sustainability and conservation. As SPP commemorates two decades of achievement, it serves as a testament to the power of collaboration, rehabilitation, and the positive impact that environmental education can have on incarcerated individuals.

SPP has played a significant role in fostering a real connection between incarcerated individuals and the environment. Those participating in the programs have had an opportunity to engage in meaningful work such as animal husbandry, cultivating native plants, and even contributing to scientific research. This hands-on approach aids in conservation efforts while offering incarcerated a chance for personal growth and rehabilitation.

Studies have shown that continuing education can drastically lower recidivism rates. SPP and their partners have used education to give incarcerated individual an educational outlet to help reach their potential. Their dedication to sustainability, education and rehabilitation showcases how a unique collaboration between the justice system and environmental conservation can lead to lasting change for incarcerated individuals and our planet.