FHI 360, along with the National Institute of Corrections and other organizations, authored The Greening of Corrections: Creating a Sustainable System in 2011. This publication outlined a four-pillar framework for making the corrections community in the United States more environmentally sustainable:
1. Correctional facilities that consider energy use and efficiency, water and waste management, recycling programs and other facilities management practices
2. Education and training that provide offenders with the relevant skills, competencies and credentials to support a continuum of learning opportunities during a transition to a greener economy
3. Correctional industries that address sustainability by creating core business strategies for sustainable production practices, developing new strategic partnerships, producing and distributing environmentally friendly products and services, and preparing offenders for the most relevant skills for the emerging green economy
4. Reentry programs for offenders that integrate green skills and competencies or create new programs driven by an increased demand for green goods and services
The Greening of Corrections: Creating a Sustainable System provides the foundation for FHI 360’s Green Corrections project, which consists of three activities:
1. Green Corrections Challenge — This competition invited practitioners to share their innovative, replicable programs and practices. Four challenge winners were announced at a symposium and then invited to participate in webinars in which they will share information about their programs.
2. Green Corrections Symposium — The symposium brought together agency experts and national stakeholders to share best practices and learn about innovations from the field.
3. Green Corrections Innovation Webinars — Through webinars, challenge winners will share details about their winning innovations with the larger corrections community and interested stakeholders.
The Green Corrections project is funded by the National Institute of Corrections, an agency of the U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons. Through a cooperative agreement, FHI 360 provides support and technical expertise.