Thursday, February 6, 2014

Sustainability in Prisons Project


This is the age of recycle, reuse, repurpose and the New Mexico Corrections Department is going green! Our new sustainability program is just getting off the ground, or should we say digging through the trash?

Our first project, worm farms, where we can compost food leftover by food service. (Speaking of food service, did you know we provide three meals a day to approximately 7,000 inmates in 11 prisons across the state? Those meals aren't slapped together, but thoughtfully crafted to make sure they are nutritious, contain enough calories, and cover the individual needs of inmates with religious or allergy requirements.)
 
Our plans for sustainability go much farther than worms and dirt, how about using old wood pallets to create toys for kids? Or getting hotels to donate used towels or robes that our female offenders can sew into stuffed animals? Or making our own biodiesel and selling it to other state agencies?

This is just the tip of the iceberg (or trash pile) for us! So think of us before you toss next time!!