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Johnson Controls' Conservation Leadership Corps providing summer jobs for Detroit-area teens

  Johnson Controls' Conservation Leadership Corps providing summer jobs for
                              Detroit-area teens

Company partners with The Student Conservation Association and The Greening of
Detroit on unique environmental stewardship and career development program

PR Newswire

DETROIT, July 8, 2013

DETROIT, July 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --This summer 80 Detroit-area students
will participate in a unique employment experience through Johnson Controls'
Conservation Leadership Corps (CLC), a summer jobs program created and
sponsored by Johnson Controls in partnership with the Student Conservation
Association (SCA) and The Greening of Detroit.

In its sixth year in Detroit, the CLC provides students with training to build
leadership and professional development skills, a hands-on conservation
experience and a personal sense of stewardship in completing environmental
projects throughout the city.

During the six-week program, students will work with 16 crew leaders at Belle
Isle Park, Detroit's River Rouge Park, Eliza Howell Park, the Brightmoor
neighborhood and D-Town Farm. Students will participate in projects including
outdoor classroom construction, new trail development, green space acreage
expansion, planting of native trees, grasses and flowers, invasive plant
species removal, and general operations management. Students also will
cultivate vital professional development skills, including help with resume
writing, interview skills and personal finance management.

"Each year our Conservation Leadership Corps helps students develop new skills
to succeed personally and professionally," said Jennifer Mattes, director,
global public affairs for Johnson Controls. "This unique program gives
students an experience that helps make them more competitive job candidates,
while offering first-hand experience on the importance of environmental
conservation."

The student employees from The Greening of Detroit's Green Corps and CLC will
work together on some projects, including the watering and maintenance of
trees throughout the city.

"The Greening of Detroit is pleased to partner once again with the CLC because
it broadens our ability to impact neighborhoods across our city," said Rebecca
Salminen-Witt, president of The Greening of Detroit. "The collective
employment of 200 young people also provides economic benefit and the
opportunity to nurture a new squadron of environmental stewards."

The CLC participants were selected from more than 500 applicants based on
their successful completion of a two-month process. Student candidates were
assessed on leadership, work ethic, civic engagement, and interest and
commitment to the environment.

On July 31, Johnson Controls employees will work alongside the students as
they volunteer with CLC teams at several Detroit locations for an
environmental learning experience. Activities will include planting,
developing and maintaining trails, and removing invasive plant species.

On August 9, the students will participate in a professional development day –
hosted by Johnson Controls' Automotive Experience business at the company's
headquarters in Plymouth, Mich. – where they will learn the importance of
sustainability, energy efficiency, hybrid battery technology and expectations
of today and tomorrow's leaders. Students will engage in career-focused
presentations from each of Johnson Controls' businesses – Automotive
Experience, Building Efficiency and Power Solutions.

This year the SCA will pilot a Crew Leader Apprentice program funded by a
grant from the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan's Youth Leadership
and Civic Engagement program. This program will provide new employment
opportunities, additional career training and field experience for CLC program
alumni who fall between the student member age requirement of 15 to 18 and the
required crew leader starting age of 21. For 2013, five Crew Leader
Apprentices will be employed through the program.

The program will culminate in a graduation ceremony on August 16 at Belle Isle
Park, where the CLC students, crew leaders and community partners will present
awards to the CLC teams.

Additionally, the SCA is working in partnership with Legacy Land Conservancy,
Six Rivers Land Conservancy, The Nature Conservancy and Southeast Michigan
Land Conservancy to plan and implement the Southeast Michigan Summer
Conservation Corps, a four-week employment program for eight Detroit high
school students and two young adult leaders who will work in the field
alongside the CLC crews on conservation projects throughout the Detroit
region. The Southeast Michigan Summer Conservation Corps is being supported by
a generous private donor.

Support for the program is also being provided by Chase, the City of Detroit
Neighborhood Opportunity Fund, the Detroit School Garden Collaborative, the
DTE Energy Foundation, Grow Detroit's Young Talent and the W.K. Kellogg
Foundation.

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
visit http://www.johnsoncontrols.com.

About the Student Conservation Association:

The Student Conservation Association (SCA) is the only national organization
that develops tomorrow's conservation leaders by providing high school and
college students with service opportunities in all 50 states, from urban
communities to national parks and forests. Since 1957, SCA's hands-on practice
of conservation service has helped to develop a new generation of conservation
leaders, inspire lifelong stewardship and save the planet. SCA is a nonprofit
organization headquartered in Washington, with offices in Boise, Idaho,
Charlestown, N.H., Chicago, Oakland, Calif., Pittsburgh and Seattle. For
further information, visit www.thesca.org.

About The Greening of Detroit:

The Greening of Detroit inspires sustainable growth of a healthy urban
community through trees, green spaces, food, education, training and job
opportunities. Since 1989, The Greening has planted more than 81,000 trees,
engaged thousands of young people in its mission through education and
employment opportunities. For more information, visit
www.greeningofdetroit.com.

Editor's Note: To obtain images of the Detroit CLC program, please contact
Jaclyn Reardon at jreardon@bianchipr.com or 248.269.1122.

CONTACTS: Debra Lacey            Mary Kay Dodero
          Debra.l.lacey@jci.com Mary.kay.dodero@jci.com
          734-254-5735         734-254-7704

SOURCE Johnson Controls, Inc.

Website: http://www.johnsoncontrols.com
 
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