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Greening Corrections Technology Guidebook
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By Paul M. Sheldon, M.A., Senior Advisor, Natural Capitalism Solutions, and Eugene Atherton, Program Manager, Corrections Technology Center of Excellence
National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center, October 2011
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The American Correctional Association (ACA) has established standards and policy on “clean and green” practices for corrections agencies seeking to reduce their environmental impact and operating costs. Increasingly, agencies are taking advantage of opportunities to go green and save money. Many agencies also are pursuing "green" initiatives that put inmates to work and develop new job skills for success after release.

According to the Executive Summary, "This guidebook provides correctional administrators with a brief, yet comprehensive and informative, view of sustainability-oriented green technologies. It reviews green technologies’ evolving role in correctional institutions and presents issues to consider when acquiring and implementing green technologies to reduce costs and increase the efficiency of resource use. It also addresses the opportunities and challenges involved in selecting and implementing green technologies in correctional settings."

Chapters address planning issues, technological options, real-world examples from the corrections field, and future trends in several key areas.

Chapter 1: Integrating Technology and People

Chapter 2: Lighting

Chapter 3: HVAC Systems

Chapter 4: Plug-In Appliances

Chapter 5: Materials Flow

Chapter 6: Water

Chapter 7: Energy

Appendix 1 provides additional information on financing, and Appendix 2 presents a thorough case study of waterless urinals as an example of a green technology.

Download the full document here.

More Online Information

The Greening of Corrections: Creating a Sustainable System. Mindy Feldbaum, Frank Greene, Sarah Kirschenbaum, et al., National Institute of Corrections, March 2011.

More than Just Green: Correctional Industries’ Sustainability Efforts Transform Prisons into Centers of Social Benefits

Green Prisons website 




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