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Philadelphia Prison System Becomes Thriving Example Of Sustainability

October 17, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
In 2011, the National Institute of Corrections in the U.S. began to encourage prisons to pay closer attention to energy consumption, waste, and re-use, and to train prisoners for obtaining green jobs. One prison system that took the suggestions to heart was the Philadelphia Department of Prisons. It now operates a three-acre organic farm and food waste diversion program at one facility – once a construction site – that houses high-custody, long-sentence inmates. Workers on the farm are from a nearby minimum security prison. The Philadelphia mayor’s office says the program diverts 685 tons of food waste a year into compost, saving the city more than $40,000 in landfill costs.
Amy McKeever, "Philadelphia’s Prison System is Fighting Food Waste and Recidivism with an Organic Farm", Civil Eats, October 17, 2016, © Civil Eats
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