Geothermal System to Anchor Buchanan County Jail Project

The new jail in Buchanan County will feature a geothermal heating and cooling system among other environmentally sustainable design components.

Offner: Do Everything You Can to Build and Live Green

By Gregory J. Offner
A few weeks ago I read a news article that quoted a frightening statistic: The United States delivers almost a half-billion tons of trash to landfills each year, 33 percent of which is created by the construction industry.

California Detention Centers Harness Solar Power

Two counties in Northern California will harness the power of the sun in an effort to make local detention facilities more environmentally and fiscally sustainable.

Italian Inmates Battle Global Warming With Ice Cream

Inmates at a prison outside Milan will contribute to the fight against global warming by producing environmentally sustainable ice cream, officials say.

Juvenile Facility Awarded LEED Gold Certification

A new juvenile justice facility in Alameda County was officially awarded LEED gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council, making it the first detention center in the United States to achieve that level of LEED certification.

Multi-Agency Crime Lab Seeks LEED Silver Certification

A new $102.5 million crime lab in Los Angeles County designed to meet LEED certification recently opened its doors, changing the way law enforcement in the region handles criminal cases and the way students learn their trade.

Washington Expands Green Building Program

The Monroe Correctional Complex received LEED Silver certification for two new complex facilities, bringing to four the number of USGBC-certified buildings operated by the Washington State Department of Corrections.

Juvenile Center Built with Sustainable Design, Artwork in Mind

This spring, Alameda County juvenile offenders will be housed in a new facility that is designed to achieve LEED gold certification. Officials celebrated the opening of the juvenile justice center with a dedication ceremony and reception that included facility tours and speeches by several stakeholders that were involved with the project.

Butner Federal Prison Offers Lessons in LEED Certification

Sustainable construction is becoming a standard practice throughout most construction markets in the United States, but due to the highly secure and rigid nature of correctional facilities, green building techniques are still rare at prisons and jails.

New LEED Silver Juvenile Facility Is County’s Costliest Project Ever

By Patrick Totty
At $150 million, San Mateo County’s new 180-bed juvenile facility, which opened in mid-September on time and on budget, is the costliest construction project in county history.