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How a Jail Is Making a Green City Greener: The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office Sustainable Jail Project
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By Lt. Steve Alexander, Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, Portland, Oregon

The Sustainable Jail Project in Multnomah County aims to guide current and future sustainability actions within the county's jails. It is managed by a multidepartmental team based within the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office. imageThe project has three broad goals:

  • To reduce waste and energy consumption;
  • To save taxpayer dollars; and
  • To educate inmates about sustainable practices such as recycling and responsible use of resources.

The project's success is the achievement of an interdisciplinary team of Sheriff's Office personnel, staff from other county agencies, and representatives from Sheriff's Office contractors. Line staff also have contributed significant ideas.

"Green" approaches implemented at the county's jails include energy use monitoring, laundry water recycling, digital access to law library publications, kitchen waste composting, an inmate garden, and more.

Posted Wed, Jul 24 2013 9:22 AM by Susan Powell


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