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 thats 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 Departments first sustainability plan and challenge my fellow
Directors, 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
S. A. Godinez
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