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Johnson Controls receives $550,000 grant for Conservation Leadership Corps

U.S. Conference of Mayors rewards green jobs training initiatives

Submitted by: Johnson Controls, Inc.

Categories: Corporate Social Responsibility, Community Development

Posted: Jun 25, 2009 – 05:54 PM EST


Jun. 25 /CSRwire/ - June 25, 2009 - The United States Conference of Mayors has selected Johnson Controls’ Conservation Leadership Corps (CLC) as one of six recipients of a Wal-Mart Foundation grant supporting the expansion of non-profit training programs for green jobs in Milwaukee.

The grant doubles the size of the program, allowing 100 city of Milwaukee students to participate in conservation work this summer.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett accepted the $550,000 grant on behalf of the CLC program partners: program founder Johnson Controls, the Student Conservation Association (SCA) and the Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board.

“Milwaukee’s CLC reflects the best of public-private partnerships,” Barrett said. “It’s a nonprofit, a corporation and a governmental organization working to support youth development, enhance the environment, support diversity, and provide meaningful paid summer jobs for city of Milwaukee youth.”

The Milwaukee CLC is a seven-week high school summer program for urban teenagers. It provides hands-on education and employment experience in conservation work projects such as restoration and stewardship of open spaces, and urban park care and management. It also supports environmental awareness and citizenship, and provides job readiness skills including communication, decision-making and self-management.

"We are pleased that so many students have been able to share the value of conservation service to local public lands. We’ve seen them gain self-confidence and experience through paid summer employment, and develop the job skills and respect for the environment that make this program unique and effective," said Charles A. Harvey, vice president, Diversity and Public Affairs at Johnson Controls. "The Wal-Mart grant means that more Milwaukee-area students will have this opportunity in 2009."

Since the program's 2006 launch, 156 CLC high school student workers have completed more than 25,000 hours of paid conservation service to Milwaukee public lands and natural areas.
Based on that success, Johnson Controls and SCA have expanded the initiative to Baltimore and Detroit. This year, the program is being launched in China, the U.K, Germany, India and Mexico.

Wal-Mart officials said they were “proud to support the charitable causes that are important to customers and associates in their own neighborhoods.”

About Johnson Controls

Johnson Controls is the global leader that brings ingenuity to the places where people live, work and travel. By integrating technologies, products and services, we create smart environments that redefine the relationships between people and their surroundings. Our team of 140,000 employees creates a more comfortable, safe and sustainable world through our products and services for more than 200 million vehicles, 12 million homes and one million commercial buildings. Our commitment to sustainability drives our environmental stewardship, good corporate citizenship in our workplaces and communities, and the products and services we provide to customers. For additional information, please visit

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