On February 6, 2018, Civil Survival Board member and Assistant Secretary Carolina Landa visited the Washington Correctional Center for Women at Gig Harbor to talk about her experience with the Sustainability in Prisons Project (SPP). Ms. Landa was involved with SPP during her incarceration and is now a member of their Advisory Panel Committee. She explained how the SPP helped to strengthen her confidence and gave her insight into new possibilities for her life after incarceration.

The SPP is an organization originally founded by the Evergreen State College and the Washington State Department of Corrections. Their focus is to bring science, environmental education and nature into prisons. They conduct research and undertake many conservation programs in collaboration with scientists, incarcerated individuals, and community partners. Ms. Landa worked as a butterfly technician for three seasons and discussed how SPP expanded her view of life after incarceration. She explained that the SPP’s programs provide valuable lessons in teamwork, goal-setting and networking. These are all important building blocks to success after reentry.

Civil Survival supports Carolina’s efforts and encourages anyone who would like to learn more about SPP to visit their website.