California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR)

WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE'RE DOING

CDCR GOING GREEN



The CDCR operates all state adult prisons and juvenile facilities, oversees a variety of community correctional facilities, and supervises all adult and juvenile offenders. The CDCR vision is to end the causes and tragic effects of crime, violence, and victimization in our communities through a collaborative effort that provides intervention to at-risk populations and quality services from the time of arrest that will assist our clients in achieving successful reintegration into society. The CDCR mission is to improve public safety through law enforcement that provides for the safe and secure incarceration of the State’s most serious and violent felons, and to provide parole supervision and develop and implement rehabilitative strategies to successfully reintegrate these offenders back into their communities.




ENERGY: Since 2008, in partnership with California’s utility companies, the CDCR has completed 92 energy efficiency projects utilizing Energy Service Companies which have saved approximately 73.8 million kilowatt hours of electricity and over 2.2 million therms of natural gas. The incentives received for these projects total over $17.5 million and the annual utility bill savings are approximately $7.6 million. The CDCR has achieved a 13% reduction in energy use while also experiencing a 23% growth in total floor space since 2003. Some of the energy efficient measures include lighting retrofits and upgrades to LED, installing variable frequency drives on fans and motors, and replacing boilers and other inefficient mechanical equipment.

WATER: For the past decade, the CDCR has sought to conserve water through water efficiency measures including the installation of water restricting shower and toilet flushing control devices. In response to the current drought, the CDCR has instituted a Statewide Mandatory Drought Action Plan and each institution has designated a Water Conservation Manager and a Drought Task Force Team to implement site-specific Action Plans in order to reduce by 25% and higher for urban water suppliers identified by the State Water Board. Measures include a prohibition of all landscape watering with potable water, limiting shower durations, a cessation of the State Vehicle Washing program, and education of staff and inmates. These efforts have reduced water consumption by 45% from 2003 to 2015. In 2015, CDCR funded $3 million for low-flow water fixtures such as showerheads, toilets, and sinks, for immediate installation at each institution.   CDCR was also the recipient of a Government Operations Grant for $4,046,269 to purchase additional low-flow fixtures at specific institutions.  CDCR is meeting the goals of Executive Orders B-29-15 and B-36-15 with a decrease of 28% from June 2013 to February 2016.




GHG EMISSIONS: Since 2010, CDCR energy efficiency projects and renewable solar projects have helped CDCR achieve a reduction in GHG emissions of over 90,800 metric tons of CO2e, which is a 20.6% reduction.

RENEWABLES: Since 2006, the CDCR has installed 33.63 megawatts of solar photovoltaic arrays at 12 institutions. CDCR, in collaboration with the Department of General Services, recently awarded 3 wind turbine projects and 10 solar projects that will add over 30 megawatts to the existing portfolio.  The current CDCR renewable portfolio accounts for approximately 12.5% of the Department’s total energy use.



 



ORGANICS DIVERSION:  CDCR is partnering with Cal Recycle to divert food waste from landfills to comply with Assembly Bill 1826. CDCR currently has 20 institutions that are utilizing master contracts to divert food and green waste from landfills and has 1 institution utilizing vermiculture for diversion of food waste.  CDCR is currently in the process of editing the mandatory master contract for organics diversion to include the remaining facilities. CDCR is also investigating other cost-effective, on and off site methods of diversion including anaerobic digesters, dehydrators, and in-vessel composters. As of December 2015, CDCR has diverted over 6,700 tons of waste in advance of the AB 1826 April 2016 deadline.


Facilities1

The following is a list of facilities for this agency or department.

1 Not all facilities may be listed here for this agency.

USE PER YEAR
progress through 2016
10.69%
reduction
Energy Saved:
678.56 Million kBtu
2016 vs. 2003
29.23%
reduction
Water Saved:
2.56 Billion Gallons
2016 vs. 2010
20.64%
reduction
Reduced Emissions:
90.83 Thousand MT
2016 vs. 2010
WATER USE
DURING DROUGHT
26.62%
reduction
2016 vs. 2013
DEPARTMENT AT A GLANCE
CALENDAR YEAR 2016
5.67
Billion kBtu
Total Grid Energy Usage
45
Total Facilities
6.2
Billion Gallons
Total Water Usage
46.35
Million sqft
Total Floor Space
349.32
Thousand MT
Total GHG Emissions
8
Total LEED Certified Buildings
67.48
Million kWh
Total Generated From Renewable Sources