"Do the world's incarcerated have a responsibility to save the planet? The Washington State Department of Corrections seems to think so." The Independent on environmentally friendly prisons: "This week, the US Green Building Council awarded the department North America's most prestigious environmental award—a plaque for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design—for a 21-building, medium-security extension at its Coyote Ridge Corrections Centre in Connell, a small city in the state's Franklin County. ... The prison's facility manager, Glenn Jones, told reporters this month the jail had performed 'better than we hoped'. He described how its laundry system reduced reliance on a local aquifer, and how a rubbish recycling programme had cut the amount of waste produced by a half, impressing local legislators."