The Maryland Department of Public Safety has collaborated with Correction Services and a scientist at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, to create the Maryland Green Prisons Initiative.
Sustainability programs within Maryland Department of Public Safety include tree planting programs, Master Gardener certifications and oyster growing to restore the depleted Chesapeake Bay.
Here is a photo gallery of other programs statewide in 2015. All photo by Anthony DePanise of Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, except as noted.
The University of Maryland, Baltimore County is engaging inmates in biodiversity research in the urban environment. Inmate crews have built three conservation nursery greenhouses inside the fence at the Maryland Transition Center. Outside the fence, they are greening urban vacant lots (collaborating with the Baltimore Office of Sustainability), and studying the resulting impacts on ecosystem services. The corrections and academic partners have invested enthusiasm and innovation to the program, and the inmates have proved gracious and hard working.