Biofuel Problems Persist at New Indiana Jail

More than a year after the $97 million Elkhart County Jail’s opening, problems continue to stymie an alternative energy plan to meet the new 936-bed facility’s heating demands.

Unicor Partners with Spire Corp. on Solar Venture

The solar division of Spire Corp. will supply solar cells to Unicor’s new photovoltaic module factory under a $55 million contract with Federal Prison Industries.

Greening Correctional Facilities: Water Efficiency & Conservation

By Bryna Cosgriff Dunn
Efficient use of water and the integration of conservation measures have come to form central elements of green building, and in no sector are the potential efficiencies and benefits greater or more readily realizable than in the corrections market.

Sheriff’s Dept. Completes Efficiency, Upgrade Project

The Hampden County Sheriff’s Department completed major infrastructure improvements designed to increase energy and water efficiency, reduce operational costs and reduce the department’s environmental footprint.

Building Sustainability into Existing Facilities

By Susan Buchanan
While reducing the environmental impact of facilities and promoting a healthier work environment are emerging as central goals for a growing number of jurisdictions and agencies in the corrections and justice market, many facility owners, administrators and managers remain skeptical about how to fund such programs given the constant pressure to keep operating costs low, especially as energy prices continue to climb.

CDCR Continues Clean-Energy Drive

By Roibín Ó hÉochaidh
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation continued its clean-energy initiative as officials activated a new 1.18-megawatt solar power installation in the Sonoran Desert that is expected to offset 25 percent of Ironwood State Prison’s total energy demand.

Greening Corrections Fosters Health, Productivity

By Bryna Cosgriff Dunn, LEED AP
Some of the most important benefits of green building design are often overlooked because they are the most difficult to quantify, but safety, health and productivity of correctional officers in particular may be motivating factors in greening correctional facilities.

AIA Lobbies for LEED Justice Rating System

The American Institute of Architects established a Sustainable Justice Committee to promote sustainability in criminal justice facility planning, design and construction.

Nevada Prison Power Plant Idles for Lack of Fuel

An $8 million renewable-energy power plant designed to supply two Nevada state prisons is idling for lack of biomass materials used for fuel.

LEED Judicial Center Takes Shape in Carolina

The new $39 million Rockingham County Judicial Center will include one of the first LEED-certified courthouses in the state.