Top North American education institutions named for reducing carbon pollution

Top North American education institutions named for reducing carbon pollution

U.S. schools working to reduce $22 billion building-operations and energy

PR Newswire

MILWAUKEE, April 22, 2013

MILWAUKEE, April 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Johnson Controls, the global leader
in delivering solutions that increase energy efficiency in buildings,
celebrates Earth Day by releasing its Top Earth Day Champions in Education
list to highlight higher education institutions and kindergarten through 12
(K12) grade school districts in North America that saved the carbon equivalent
of 91,800 acres of forest through energy efficiency and renewable energy
projects at their facilities.


"Students across North America are celebrating Earth Day with special events
and lesson plans," said Dave Myers, president of Johnson Controls Building
Efficiency. "Today we celebrate the leaders in K-12 and higher education who
teach by example, reducing their facilities' carbon pollution and creating
better learning environments for students and staff – all with a strong
financial payback for their communities."

Here are the 2013 Top Earth Day Champions in Education and the equivalent
amount of carbon dioxide emissions they are saving annually through projects
with Johnson Controls.

Higher Education Earth Day Champions        Carbon Reduction Equivalent Forest
                                            (metric tons)    Acres*
University of Massachusetts Amherst         41,270           33,828
(Amherst, Mass.)
Missouri State University (Springfield,     16,066           13,169
Lone Star College (Houston, Texas)          12,376           10,144
Youngstown State University (Youngstown,    10,723           8,789
Tulane University (New Orleans, La.)        7,654            6,274
K12 Earth Day Champions                     Carbon Reduction Equivalent Forest
                                            (metric tons)    Acres*
Lester B.Pearson School Board (Montreal,   6,117            5,014
Central Bucks School District (Doylestown,  5,639            4,622
Calgary Board of Education (Calgary,        4,920            4,033
Buffalo City Schools (Buffalo, N.Y.)        3,615            2,963
Half Hollow Hills School District (Syosset, 3,575            2,930

*Computed with the United States Environmental Protection Agency Greenhouse
Gas Equivalencies Calculator

The champions earned a spot on the list by making their educational facilities
more efficient using a variety of measures, including utilizing building
management systems to optimize energy and operational efficiency, installing
renewable energy technology, using more efficient lighting, and updating
heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems.

Carbon pollution from building energy use is predicted to grow faster than any
other sector in the next 25 years, according to the U.S. Green Building
Council, making building efficiency critically important for the protection of
the environment.

According to the U.S. National Center of Education Statistics (NCES), colleges
and universities annually spend more than $14 billion in operations and
maintenance of buildings and grounds, and up to $7 billion on energy and

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) reports that K-12 schools spend more than
$8 billion annually on energy, making energy the second highest operating
expenditure for schools after personnel. The DOE projects that, on average,
green schools save $100,000 per year on operating costs — enough to buy 200
new computers or purchase 5,000 textbooks.

Johnson Controls' energy performance contracting projects have saved nearly 19
million metric tons of carbon dioxide, equivalent to that saved by 15.5
million acres of forests, and generated savings of $7 billion in North America
since 2000. With performance contracting, savings in energy consumption from
facility upgrades pay for the project over the term of the contract. If the
savings are not realized, Johnson Controls pays the difference between the
value of the measured and verified consumption and the guaranteed consumption
under the contract.

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About Johnson Controls

Johnson Controls is a global diversified technology and industrial leader
serving customers in more than 150 countries. Our 168,000 employees create
quality products, services and solutions to optimize energy and operational
efficiencies of buildings; lead-acid automotive batteries and advanced
batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles; and interior systems for
automobiles. Our commitment to sustainability dates back to our roots in 1885,
with the invention of the first electric room thermostat. Through our growth
strategies and by increasing market share we are committed to delivering value
to shareholders and making our customers successful. In 2013, Corporate
Responsibility Magazine recognized Johnson Controls as the #14 company in its
annual "100 Best Corporate Citizens" list. For additional information, please

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