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IDOC’s Go Green commitment present at Illinois State Fair 

SPRINGFIELD – August 7, 2014 - The Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) is committed to promoting its “Go Green” efforts in building a culture of sustainability. One example of this commitment is four vividly painted recycling containers at the Illinois State Fair, donated by Jacksonville Correctional Center (JCC). To encourage recycling at the fair, the containers are designated to hold plastic and aluminum and brightly painted by inmates.

“The Illinois Department of Corrections is committed to implementing and promoting sustainable practices as well as creating a culture of positive environmental stewardship,” said IDOC Director S. A. “Tony” Godinez. “The greening of IDOC helps reduce costs through the reduction of energy, resource consumption and environmental impact. Engaging inmates in sustainability work experiences will improve the self-sufficiency of our prisons and provide education and training opportunities that will prepare them for jobs in the emerging green economy.”

“Jacksonville Correctional Center and its satellite work camps are proud to participate in the agency’s Sustainability Plan,” said JCC Warden Marvin Reed. “The facilities have experienced significant success and realized tremendous savings by implementing a number of green policies such as recycling, composting, gardening and participating in Illinois Correctional Industries (ICI) bio-diesel program.”

ICI has long been recognized at state and national levels for leadership in developing sustainability initiatives and for implementing sustainable practices into daily operations. An important aspect of all ICI programming is the vocational opportunities provided to assigned offenders. Those working in the program will be provided with documented job training experience that will supply them with a skill set needed to pursue employment opportunities in the fast-developing “green collar” segment of the economy.

More information regarding IDOC’s Sustainability Plan and its Go-Green facility efforts can be found at https://www2.illinois.gov/idoc/aboutus/Pages/Sustainability.aspx.