Correctional Facilities

Roots of Success has developed customized curricula for prisons, jails, and juvenile justice facilities in states across the U.S. Roots of Success partners with correctional facilities across the country to promote environmental literacy and successful re-entry for their inmate populations.

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Roots of Success:

  • Empowers inmates to reduce waste and increase energy conservation
  • Saves your facility money and reduces your carbon footprint
  • Prepares inmates for post-secondary education and green careers upon release
  • Inspires inmates to engage in sustainability projects while in prison
  • Promotes positive behavioral change, increased confidence, and leadership development.
  • Familiarizes students with 125+ green jobs and career pathways

Key Features:

  • Modular and adaptable
  • Includes Instructor’s Manual, Student Workbooks, Multimedia Content, Supplemental Resources
  • Professional development for instructors
  • Green Jobs & Career Pathways Guidebook
  • Can be taught by staff or inmates
  • Eligible graduates can apply to receive an Environmental Educator Certificate

Roots of Success is the only evidence-based curriculum created specifically to support facility sustainability and cost saving initiatives.  

What Students Say:


of graduates in correctional facilities were motivated to conserve resources and engage in sustainability projects

Institutions Report:

  • On average, $90,000 reduction in annual trash bills in multiple facilities
  • On average, 60% decrease in electrical usage over 3 years at 9 facilities
  • 12,000 pound reduction in food waste per week at the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction

The Roots of Success curriculum meets the American Correctional Association’s “Sustainability Standard” recognizing strategies that promote environmental responsibility in prisons, jails, and juvenile justice facilities. 

“The facility/agency shall demonstrate they have examed within the audit cycle and where appropriate and feasible, implemented strategies that promote recycling, energy and water conservation, pollution reduction and utilization of renewable energy alternatives.”

The curriculum meets’s guideline requirements for staff and inmate training and results in improved staff and inmate engagement in all other sustainability programs/initiatives. 

“The American Correctional Association fully supports the appropriate short- and long-term cost-effective facilities and materials management strategies that are resource efficient and environmentally responsible. Therefore, public and private agencies at the federal, state and local levels should promote and engage in: (1) Recycling, (2) Composting and gardens, (3) Conserving energy, (4) LEED standards, (5) Renewable energy, (6) Conserving water, (7) Training for staff, and (8) Training for offenders.” 

Roots of Success transforms facility culture and improves behavior.

Roots of Success was the core component that tied together our cultural change in environmental awareness. We had begun recycling and composting. We addressed energy and water conservation, but I knew we needed education to really reach the inmates. Roots of Success took our green initiatives to a new level; it led the change that allowed inmates to be part of the environmental awareness at SCC (Southeastern Correctional Complex). The passion I saw from the inmates was amazing.


Southeastern Correctional Complex, Ohio Department of Corrections

Engaging inmates in meaningful activities and giving them opportunities to contribute reduces violence and makes prisons safer for both inmates and staff.


Washington Department of Corrections

Green Prisons Leaders Across the Country

The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections sustainability initiatives include a robust recycling program, a trout farm, and many other environmental programs including Roots of Success. Over the years, the state of Ohio incorporated Roots of Success into most of its 28 institutions and all 3 juvenile facilities had trained instructors to teach Roots of Success.

The state of Washington trained incarcerated men and women to teach Roots of Success at all 12 prisons in the state, including: Airway Heights, Clallam Bay, Coyote Ridge, Larch, Mission Creek Corrections Center for Women, Stafford Creek, Washington Corrections Center for Women, Monroe Correctional Complex, Washington Corrections Center, and Washington State Penitentiary.


The Montgomery County jail in Maryland offers the self-paced online version of Roots of Success.

In New York, high school students incarcerated on Rikers Island went through Roots of Success as part of their science and social science classes and youth enrolled in the ABLE program went through Roots of Success and a CBT program, after which time their sentences were significantly reduced.

How it Works

Get Trained to Teach the Curriculum

One-day training that introduces instructors to our unique teaching approach and materials.

Order Books for Your Program

Provide students with all of the vocabulary terms, exercises, activities, and materials they need for the course

Start Teaching Roos of Success

Instructors are provided with ongoing technical and program support

Provide Graduates with a Certificate

Graduates receive a certificate that is valued by employers across the country.

Schedule a Training

If you are interested in hosting a Roots of Success training for your staff, follow the link to schedule a training today.

Order Books

If you are ready to place your order for Roots of Success Student Workbooks, Green Jobs & Career Pathways Guidebooks, or other materials, follow the link below.

Contact Us

Interested in learning more and would like to chat with our staff to discover how Roots of Success can make an impact on your classroom, reach out to us via email below.