Illinois Department of Corrections launches sustainability program
designed to promote efficiency and conservation of resources
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[June 18, 2012]
SPRINGFIELD -- 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 goals throughout
the department, 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.
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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 are 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 that outlines the agency's efforts
to implement sustainable practices at facilities statewide. For more
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