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INFOGRAPHIC: Taking Care of the Environment from Behind Bars

100-PO018 (R 4/2017)


(Rachel Friederich , DOC Communications)

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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
  1. 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.