Business Model Innovation: Energy and Carbon Management

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Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections and GreenPrisons.org for creating a model of energy and resource efficiency in prisons-a category of institutions in which managers have tended not to prioritize sustainability or greenhouse gas mitigation. With assistance from GreenPrisons.org, ODRC has implemented energy conservation, recycling and other sustainability programs that are saving 6,900 MWh of electricity, 350,000 Mcf of natural gas and 12 million gallons of water annually.

By 2016, the 27-prison system's partnership with Ohio State University to process recyclables had increased the diversion rate at OSU's stadium to over 95%. ODRC also procured in 2016 the JadeTrack solution to better capture and manage data for utility usage, recycling and other sustainability measures. It also completed construction of one energy performance contract, continued construction of two others and set aggressive timelines for six smaller performance contracts in 2017. ODRC also partnered with ICON, a plumbing controls vendor, on an inmate job-training program, certifying 11 inmates in 2016. And it registered its first LEED certified building, currently in design.

ODRC is a model for other prison systems. It has supported the American Corrections Assn. Sustainability Committee, and was pleased when ACA made this a permanent committee in 2016. "This was a really a big deal in our industry," said Leah Morgan, Energy Conservation & Sustainability Administrator, crediting her colleagues at GreenPrisons.org. "We are one of the states leading in this area, but the movement would not have this kind of visibility or impact without the work of GreenPrisons and the ACA committee."