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Green Corrections Challenge

The Green Corrections Challenge invites stakeholders to share their innovative practices and drive competition in the field. These should be replicable programs and practices in areas such as reentry programs, facilities management/complex operations, and training programs. Leading innovations will be announced during a Green Corrections Symposium.

Department of Justice

Type of Challenge: Ideas
Submission Start: 04/10/2014 12:00 AM ET
Submission End: 11/03/2014 11:59 PM ET

This challenge is externally hosted.

You can view the challenge details here:


Your Ideas Can Make a Difference

Green corrections is what happens when we apply green principles to everyday practices in corrections. Even more simply put, it's applying what we know helps people save money, energy, and time in their personal lives and applying it wisely to relevant processes throughout America's correctional system. As the field of corrections changes, the need to begin approaching corrections problems with smarter, greener solutions becomes clearer.

The Green Corrections Challenge lays the foundation for future green corrections work, developing a strong community of individuals who are driving innovation through competition in the field.

The Green Corrections Challenge is also your chance to share with us your new ideas and effective best practices for green corrections. Whether you're a citizen concerned about public safety or a student or professional in the field, you probably have a few good ideas. You may have thought of creative ways to conserve energy in a facility, provide job training, save fuel, or reduce time. You may be part of innovations for pretrial, offender reentry, visitation, faith-based programs, college and university initiatives, job training, or building design. There are numerous combinations and unlimited possibilities. Some of them are ones that only you've thought of.

In a presentation of 7 minutes or less, we want you to tell us your idea or practice. We've created three primary categories (correctional facilities, education and training, and reentry programs) and one additional category for new green concepts (for ideas that don't fit neatly into one of the other three areas). You can submit one presentation for each category, giving you up to four different opportunities to share.

The creators of a presentation from each category will be selected for the opportunity to share their idea or practice in a webinar hosted by the National Institute of Corrections. In the webinar, you'll be able to share how your suggestion would be implemented.

With a little creativity, each of us can play a role in invigorating the field with new ideas—your ideas—on how to apply green practices and help make a difference in thousands of lives.

We’re looking for the most innovative programs across the nation.


Innovation Webinars
Cash Prize Amount: $0
Winners of the Green Corrections Challenge in each category receive the chance to share their innovation before a national audience in a webinar hosted by the National Institute of Corrections.


Each entry must meet the following requirements. Entries not meeting each of the requirements will be disqualified.

Video Presentation

  1. Video presentations must be the original creation of the Contest participant.
  2. Video presentation must have a unique title.
  3. Video presentations must be developed for consideration in one of the following categories:
    • Correctional Facilities
    • Education and Training
    • Reentry Program
    • New Green Correction Concepts
  4. Videos must describe a program or activity. Supporting information or measurable outcomes such as cost savings and information on how to replicate or expand the program or activity is strongly encouraged.
  5. Videos presentations must be educational, not promotional in nature (i.e., a commercial for a product or service) and should tell a story.

Video Format

  1. Videos may be no longer than 7 minutes (420 seconds) in length and produced in a high-resolution format.
  2. Videos must be viewable in one of the following file types:
    .MOV, .MPEG4, .AVI, .WMV, .MPEGPS, .FLV, 3GPP, or
    WebMe. (Learn how to convert file types accepted by YouTube).


  1. Videos may not include creative material including personal appearances, images, original writing, music, photography or illustrations that infringe on any third party rights without appropriate permission secured from the holder of such rights and provided with the submission of the Entry Form. Videos previously developed by the Contest Participant for other organizations may be submitted.
  2. Videos must not have been previously produced for compensation, posted on any DOJ/NIC or FHI 360 webpage, or submitted to DOJ prior to the contest.
  3. Videos may not incorporate the use of the DOJ/NIC seal or logo or the FHI 360 logo.
  4. Videos may not contain violence, profanity, sex, images of a prurient nature, or direct attacks on individuals or organizations.

Contest Participants

  1. The challenge forms (including the Entry Form and Certification and Video Release and Consent Form) must be submitted together in a single e-mail to bop-nic/
  2. Only one video may be submitted per organization.
  3. Entrants are responsible for obtaining all necessary permissions. All Contest submissions must adhere to the rules of the contest and adhere to all YouTube terms of service. YouTube terms of service can be reviewed here.
  4. Winners must provide a copy of the original video file of their video to the Hosts and, if requested, a transcript of words spoken or sung in the video.

Questions can be emailed to Check out the FAQ page.


The U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Corrections (hereafter DOJ/NIC) and FHI 360 (the “Hosts”) are sponsoring the Green Corrections Challenge, a video contest to share innovative practices within correctional systems and reentry programs. The Hosts are looking for creative video presentations from state, county and city departments of corrections and correctional facilities, including correctional contractors, and appropriate partners such as nonprofit organizations, faith-based organizations and probation and parole offices. Video presentations should focus on innovative practices and how those practices may be replicated elsewhere and must highlight at least one innovative strategy. Strong videos will include measurable outcomes, such as cost savings, energy and waste savings, or reduction in recidivism/increased employment placement.

Basic Criteria, Categories and Winner Recognition

Videos presentations will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Overall innovation of program or practice.
  • Ability to describe an innovative program or practice.
  • Ability to demonstrate success of program or practice through measurable outcomes.
  • Creativity and originality.

One award will be given in each the following categories:

  • Reentry program
  • Facilities management / complex operations
  • Training program
  • Other / miscellaneous (The hosts reserve the right to change the title of this category upon award.)

National recognition of winners in each category will include:

  • Feature of their innovative practice and video presentation during a national webinar.
  • Promotion and dissemination of their green practices within the greater corrections community by NIC.

Important Dates

Submission Period: April 10, 2014 to September 10, 2014, 11:59 pm ET
Judging Period: September 12 to October 1, 2014, 11:59 pm ET
Winners Announced: On or before October 6, 2014

Contest Participant Eligibility

The Contest is open to local, state and federal agencies, partners including nonprofit organizations and faith-based organizations, and contractors providing services to correctional organizations in the United States and its territories including, but not limited to, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam.

The use of federal funding, whether grant, contract or loan proceeds in the development and/or production of any video entry will result in immediate disqualification.

How to Enter the Contest

Interested persons should read the Background and Official Rules before entering the Contest. Contest information and entry forms are available here.

In addition to creating an original video presentation, Contest participants must:

  1. Post their video presentation on prior to submitting the entry form. Limit access to the video by changing the privacy settings to “unlisted”, which will allow only people with the web address link to view the video.
  2. Download Video Consent and Release Forms for each individual appearing or providing original material for use in the video presentation, and secure the original signatures of each participant or contributor; parents or legal guardians must sign for anyone under age 18.
  3. Complete the Entry Form and Certification found here.
  4. Submit the entry forms (including the Entry Form and Certification and Video Release and Consent Form) together in a single e-mail to bop-nic/

Video presentations may be entered into only one of the four specified categories. Please note that the Contest participant cannot make any changes or alterations to any part of the submission once the video and entry form have been submitted. All videos will be screened by FHI 360 for compliance with Contest Rules. Failure to meet all Contest Rules will result in disqualification from the Contest.


One winner will be selected for each of the four specified categories. Contest winners (collectively, “Winners”) will be notified by email on or before October 6, 2014. and their names will be posted on the Contest and/or NIC website. In the event a Winner is disqualified for any reason, DOJ/NIC may select an alternate Contest participant to receive the award.

Winners will be invited to participate in a webinar to share their video/presentation and innovative practice with the larger corrections community.

The Hosts may choose to hold an awards ceremony to announce the Winners. In the event an awards ceremony is held, any travel arrangements, including transportation, lodging, meals and incidental expenses will be the sole responsibility of the Winner.


The Hosts will conduct an initial screening of all submissions and make a determination with respect to the eligibility of each Contest participant and their video presentation.

The Hosts will create four volunteer judging panels – one for each of the four specified categories. Each judging panels will be comprised of three to five volunteer judges chosen from federal agencies involved in green activities, national nonprofit stakeholders and/or industry. Each judge will be screened by FHI 360 to ensure he/she does not have a familial relationship or a personal or financial interest in any Contest participant.

Winners will be selected based on an overall score against the stated criteria. All judging is in the Hosts’ sole discretion and all decisions are final. In the event of a tie, the Winner will be selected at the discretion of the Hosts.

The Hosts reserve the right to eliminate any of the four stated award categories if, in their sole discretion, it is determined that there are no eligible submissions or if eligible submissions are judged to be of poor quality.


The Hosts and their agents are not responsible for:

  1. Any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by Contest participants, printing errors, or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest
  2. Technical failure of any kind, including, but not limited to malfunctions, interruptions or disconnections in phone lines or network hardware or software
  3. Technical or human error which may occur in the administration of the Contest or the processing of entries
  4. Any injury or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from Contest participant’s participation in the Contest or receipt, use or misuse of any prize.

If for any reason a Contest participant’s entry is confirmed to have been erroneously deleted, lost, or otherwise destroyed or corrupted, the Contest participant’s sole remedy is another entry in the Contest.

General Conditions

Contest hosts are the U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Corrections, 500 First St. NW, 2nd Floor Washington, DC 20534, (DOJ/NIC) and Family Health International (FHI 360), 1825 Connecticut Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20009. The Hosts will make all decisions related to the development, management, and implementation of the Contest.

The Hosts reserve the right at any time, for any reason, to cancel, suspend, and/or modify the Contest, or any part of it.

Privacy Policy

Any personal information collected from video submitters to the DOJ/NIC FHI 360 Share Your Green Practices Video Contest 2014 will never be sold. The information collected for this Contest will only be used for purposes of the Contest to contact video submitters in direct relation to the Contest. The Contest winners’ names will be announced publicly as a part of DOJ/NIC’s contest award recognition process.

Applicable Law

This Contest is subject to all applicable Federal laws and regulations.