Correction an Environmental Projects Leader

From collecting roadside litter to displaying projects that promote environmental sustainability, the Department of Correction is playing a key role this month in efforts to preserve our natural environment.

The month of April features many projects that are part of the Governor's Project Green. Among the activities are a street fair scheduled for April 28 to promote state agency efforts to preserve resources through waste reduction, reusing and recycling products and a month-long campaign to collect litter from roadsides, which involves thousands of inmates and probationers.

Correction and other agencies will be celebrating sustainability efforts on April 28 during a display/fair in downtown Raleigh. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Halifax Mall, between the Legislative and Archdale Buildings. Buses will be running from the McKimmon Center to the site for out-of-town visitors. In Raleigh, vans will be running from the Yonkers Road complex and the Randall Building to the fair location. A flyer inviting all state employees to the event was included with March pay stubs.

The month-long Litter Sweep sponsored by the Department of Transportation is just one of many initiatives of Governor Hunt's Clean NC 2000 and the larger environmental sustainability efforts. During April, inmates from medium and minimum road squads, community work program crews, community service probationers, and chemical dependency treatment participants have been working throughout the state to collect litter.

"This is the most comprehensive use of persons in the Department's custody and of those we supervise in the community for a common purpose," said Secretary Theodis Beck. 

"The coordination of this effort by Assistant Secretary Lynn Phillips and staff in each of our divisions is to be commended. The Department continues to be a leader in the area of environmental sustainability and this latest project is indicative of our commitment to support the Governor's initiative to rid our lakes, rivers, streams and roadsides of litter by the end of the year."

While much time, energy and resources have been designated for the special litter campaign, the Department continues to work on long-term projects to help protect the environment through environmental sustainability projects that promote reducing, reusing and recycling resources. 

Brown Creek Correctional Institution won the Governor's Award last year for its waste reduction activities and Sampson Correctional is nominated for the award this year, in part for its vermicomposting project. 

For more information about environmental efforts in State Government, click the Environmental Sustainability link from the Department of Correction website home page. 

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