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« on: June 03, 2012, 06:41:23 PM »

A letter from the Director

The correctional community has been ever present in my life for nearly four decades and while
our most important mission is that of public safety we must always be cognizant of the impacts
we have in terms of the resources we consume and the cost of those resources; a cost that’s not
only measured in dollars but in human capital.

This impact resonates in the Illinois Department of Corrections’ sustainability mission statement.
Our goals are to lessen our environmental impacts, improve our economic viability, and reduce
the human capital costs of prisons by engaging our staff, educating our offenders, partnering with
our communities and most importantly working with fellow stakeholders in both the public &
private sectors towards achieving these goals.

Building a culture of sustainability in our agency will help to make us better stewards of the
resources entrusted to us. We are determined to consume less, become more self sufficient,
encourage innovation, and create a ground up effort that will empower our staff to help us in
shifting the paradigm when it comes to defining our approach to sustainable practices as it relates
to our daily operations.

I am proud to present the Department’s first sustainability plan and challenge my fellow
Director’s, Chiefs, Wardens, correctional counselors, officers, line staff, offenders and the public
to come together through the goals set forth to achieve and celebrate in a sustainable correctional
environment.

Thank you,

S. A. Godinez
Director
Illinois Department of Corrections

Released on Earth Day, 2012

In accordance with 20 ILCS 3954; The Green Governments Illinois Act

Written by: Kevin Gilson, Jen Aholt, Chris Grissom, Mark Gerdes, Jerry Daly, Julie Kennedy,
Tom Zaborac, Mark Pirtle, Brianna Baker-Carvell


Read the Illinois Department of Corrections Sustainability Plan 2012 here:  http://www2.illinois.gov/idoc/reportsandstatistics/Documents/2012%20IDOC%20Sustainability%20Plan.pdf
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« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2012, 03:31:09 PM »

http://www.illinois.gov/PressReleases/ShowPressRelease.cfm?SubjectID=1&RecNum=10301
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 12, 2012


Illinois Department Of Corrections Launches Sustainability Initiative
Program Designed to Promote Efficiency and Conservation of Resources

 
 Springfield, IL- The Illinois Department of Corrections has launched its first Sustainability Initiative, a plan to build a culture of conservation within the agency to empower staff and offenders to be better stewards of natural resources.

“The Department recognizes the important environmental and economic benefits in becoming more sustainable,” said Illinois Department of Corrections Director Salvador “Tony” Godinez. “We are dedicated to using common sense solutions and innovation to define our approach in implementing sustainable practices in our daily operations.”

A cornerstone of the Sustainability Initiative is improving the economic and environmental efficiency of IDOC operations. That means conserving energy and water, recycling and composting waste, and growing more food. The multifaceted program will save taxpayer dollars and help create job training opportunities to provide offenders with the skills they need to take advantage of Illinois’ fast-growing “green collar” sector upon their release.

While the Sustainability Initiative identifies department-wide goals, it also calls for a “bottom up” approach to encouraging sustainability throughout the agency.  Each facility has a sustainability committee that will be tasked with driving innovation and creative practices at the local level while keeping in the mind the unique attributes of their facilities.

Several IDOC facilities have been involved in sustainability projects for some time. The Menard Correctional Center, for example, has been recognized at both the state and national level for leadership in sustainable practices and programs, such as biodiesel production and the manufacture of certified green cleaning products. Other examples include the Horticulture program at Logan Correctional Center and the recycling programs at Centralia and Shawnee correctional centers. The department will build on these successful efforts, which will serve as templates for similar initiatives throughout the agency.

In conjunction with the Sustainability Initiative, the Department has also launched a new website which outlines the agency’s efforts to implement sustainable practices at facilities statewide. For more information please visit the website at:

http://www2.illinois.gov/idoc/aboutus/Pages/Sustainability.aspx

 
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« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2012, 04:31:46 PM »

Wonder how long it will take the IDOC to implement this program !
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« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2012, 12:10:35 PM »

Illinois Department of Correction launches pilot program producing and using bio-diesel fuel
New effort part of agency’s Sustainability Plan
 
SPRINGFIELD –The Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) recently created a pilot program that couples inmate rehabilitation with the department’s initiative to go green. In 2007 Menard Correctional Center’s Industries program began producing bio-diesel fuel from waste vegetable oil recycled from IDOC facilities around the state. That program has now come full circle with an IDOC transfer bus equipped to run on the bio-diesel fuel.

“The agency is committed to conserving energy, reducing waste and becoming more self-sufficient,” said IDOC Director S.A. Godinez.  “This multifaceted initiative will help save taxpayer dollars, create offender vocational and job training opportunities and reduce the environmental impact of our operations.”

The fuel being used in the IDOC transfer bus is a combination of bio-diesel and regular diesel fuel. To date, the facility has produced nearly 19,000 gallons of bio-diesel that costs only .97 cents a gallon.  The facility made biodiesel is also currently being used in multiple tractors, refrigerated trailer units and other vehicles at Menard CC.

The bio-fuel production is part of IDOC’s Illinois Correctional Industries vocational training program for inmates. The program provides offenders with useful job skills, increased self-esteem and a good work ethic while preparing them for a successful reentry upon their release. 

http://www2.illinois.gov/idoc/news/2012/Pages/IllinoisDepartmentofCorrectionlaunchespilotprogramproducingandusingbio-dieselfuel.aspx
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« Reply #4 on: August 20, 2012, 03:07:50 PM »

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 20, 2012
   


Prison Garden Donations
IDOC Sustainability initiative results in donations of fresh produce to local food banks

 
 SPRINGFIELD- Illinois – The Illinois Department of Corrections is excited about an effort that began as a vocational opportunity for offenders and has become another avenue for facilities to “go green” and give back to their local communities.

There are currently 23 prisons and several work camps that have incorporated gardens into the prison grounds. Some are primarily used for teaching offenders horticulture skills while others have become large enough to feed inmates, staff, and needy families in local communities.

“This year IDOC facilities have donated over 5,000 pounds of fresh produce to local community food banks”, said IDOC Director S.A. “Tony” Godinez. “Building a culture of sustainability and generosity in our agency will make us better stewards of the resources entrusted to us, and set an example for inmates to follow upon release.”

Examples of produce grown by inmates include potatoes, lettuce, radishes, green beans, sweet corn, tomatoes, peppers, broccoli, zucchini, onions, cucumbers, turnips, eggplant, watermelon and cantaloupe. Local food banks have been especially grateful for department’s donations during these hot summer months.

“The Pittsfield Work Camp garden has provided our food pantry with nutritional resources that otherwise would not be available to the families we serve,” said Rachel Baker, manager of the Two Rivers Food Pantry in Pittsfield, IL.  “This is something that our agency and families greatly appreciate.”

The prison gardens are just one facet of the department’s recently released sustainability initiative. The department has committed to conserve energy, reduce waste, grow more of its own food and become a more self-sufficient agency. This multifaceted initiative will save taxpayer dollars, create offender vocational and job training opportunities, and reduce the environmental impacts of IDOC operations.

For more information on prison gardens or the IDOC’s sustainability initiative please visit:
http://www2.illinois.gov/idoc/aboutus/Pages/Sustainability.aspx
 

http://www.illinois.gov/PressReleases/ShowPressRelease.cfm?SubjectID=1&RecNum=10499
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