CI's efforts to "go green" have helped transform Washington´s state prison system into a powerhouse of social benefits — dispelling the prison systems´ traditional rap as a necessary evil that only consumes resources.
More Than Just Green
Correctional Industries' commitment to building sustainability in all its business operations includes environmentally friendly and recycled materials for manufacturing, creating products that can be completely recycled, offering recycling services and developing zero-waste processes. But it also includes trimming down our procedures and processes to avoid needless delays, repetitive efforts, waste and unnecessary manpower. In this way we deliver superior products to customers faster while reducing costs and freeing up capacity for new product lines. Additional product lines increase job and training opportunities so more inmates are prepared to return to society as productive individuals.
A Brighter Future
Sustainable business practices converge naturally with Correctional Industries´ mission to rehabilitate inmates through job training and reduce Corrections´ reliance on tax dollars. Training in sustainable technology and lean manufacturing systems prepares inmates for work in a world increasingly focused on these important issues. In the process they also learn environmental ethics and business strategies.
A Natural Choice
Environment-related projects at CI also contribute to sustainability efforts at other state agencies and institutions. Customers get green credits for using low-emission furniture and janitorial products and for purchasing furniture and supplies that are recyclable or constructed from recycled products. This enables customers to work toward their sustainability goals without additional expense, and contributes toward a more environmentally friendly Washington State.
Instead of being an expense that drives a need for more tax dollars and simply consumes resources, CI and its sustainability programs play a key role in transforming Washington's prison network into a self-sustaining system in which every tax dollar invested yields more than 30 times its value in benefits.
Correctional Industries implemented lean manufacturing principles with the goals of reducing waste and establishing best practices. Staff at every facility learned to identify opportunities to reduce delays, minimize waste and scrap, cut costs and increase value to the customer. Implementation of lean manufacturing principles have enabled CI to keep product prices low so state agencies are able to purchase more with less and make greater strides toward their sustainability goals.
We're Not Done Yet!
Correctional Industries is always on the lookout for new opportunities to make our operations more efficient and our businesses cleaner, greener and more sustainable. Compostable food containers, recycling inmate clothing and composting bio-solids from waste water plants with prison food waste to create a saleable fertilizer are all on tap. Lean manufacturing efforts continue with the goal of streamlining processes at all our facilities statewide. Where possible, operations are being condensed and excess capacity is being applied to new product lines.