Conservation Leadership Corps brings Baltimore communities and teens together through parks work program

Conservation Leadership Corps brings Baltimore communities and teens together
                          through parks work program

Johnson Controls partners with the Student Conservation Association and Civic
Works on unique summer jobs program

PR Newswire

BALTIMORE, July 16, 2013

BALTIMORE, July 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --This summer, 33 Baltimore-area high
school students will participate in a unique employment experience through the
Conservation Leadership Corps (CLC), a summer jobs program created and
sponsored by Johnson Controls in partnership with the Student Conservation
Association (SCA) and Civic Works.

In its seventh year in Baltimore, 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.

This year, local fundraising and a grant from Northrop Grumman to Civic Works
have enabled the CLC to add three additional participants to experience the
program. These funds will also support an overnight camping trip for all CLC
members, and for five seasoned participants to extend their work within the
program for two more weeks.

"Each year our Conservation Leadership Corps provides new and interesting
opportunities in the framework of environmental stewardship that expand
participants' skills personally and professionally," said Jennifer Mattes,
director, global public affairs for Johnson Controls. "This program engages
students in an experience that helps make them more competitive job
candidates, while underscoring the importance of environmental conservation."

During the six-week program, one crew will conduct a special project at
Herring Run Park, restoring various sections of Herring Run Park that border
different neighborhoods to connect the park's many communities. This CLC crew
will also build timber steps on a washed-out portion of the Tyndale trail and
add a section of turnpike, as well as construct new trails and perform
invasive species removal.

Two student crews will work at Leakin Park to reroute and construct a more
sustainable grade for part of the Ridge Trail. The work will involve the slope
and drainage on the remaining portions of the old trail. Students will also
add stone or timber steps to some sections of the park, add one section of
turnpike, and close old, unused trails. Teens will also cultivate vital
professional development skills, including help with resume writing, interview
skills and personal finance management.

"It is important to keep high school youth engaged in meaningful activity over
the summer. Only with the support of Johnson Controls and SCA are we able to
offer such a beneficial program that involves job training, education and a
spirit of service, while accomplishing so much for our parks here in
Baltimore," said Earl Millett, chief operating officer, Civic Works. "The
partnership between our organizations has enabled us to reach so many students
that would not have had any opportunities otherwise. We look forward to
continuing to grow this program until everyone who wants to participate has
access to it."

On August 2, the students will participate in a professional development day –
hosted by Johnson Controls at the company's Sparks, Md. location – where they
will learn the importance of sustainability, energy efficiency, and
expectations of today and tomorrow's leaders. CLC members will engage in
career-focused presentations and hands-on workshops led by company experts.

The CLC participants were selected from more than 138 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. Two students shared their thoughts about the
program:

"The Baltimore CLC is an important option for me over the summer so that I can
have more job experience. After this summer I will have a lot of CLC
experience to put on my resume. I will also have a lot of fun working outside,
getting to know other students and adventures during the CLC."– Kwamel
Couther, second-year Baltimore CLC crew member

"Baltimore CLC is important because it teaches valuable lessons on why the
earth is important and why we need to keep taking care of it. It also shows
people that hard work really does pay off." – Malik Moore, third-year
Baltimore CLC crew member

Additionally, the SCA, Civic Works and Johnson Controls are working in
partnership with Blue Water Baltimore, the Baltimore Office of Sustainability,
Clyburn Arboretum and the Aquaponics Project, Real Food Farm, Marshy Point
Nature Center, the Downtown Sailing Center, and the SCA's own Urban Tree House
initiative to offer further educational opportunities.

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

Support for the program is also being provided by the David and Barbara B.
Hirschhorn Foundation, Mountain Club of Maryland, Friends of Herring Run Park,
and PNC Bank Harborside.

Established in Baltimore in 2007, Johnson Controls also sponsors the CLC in
Milwaukee and Detroit, along with similar programs in China, Mexico, England,
Germany, Slovakia and the Czech Republic.

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, D.C., with offices in Boise, ID,
Charlestown, NH, Chicago, IL, Oakland, CA, Pittsburgh. PA, and Seattle, WA.
For further information, visit www.thesca.org.

About Civic Works

Civic Works, Baltimore's urban service corps and an AmeriCorps program, was
founded in 1993 with a mission of strengthening Baltimore's communities
through education, skills development, and community service. Since its
inception, Civic Works has trained and assisted more than 3,600 Baltimore area
participants in performing community service projects, developing job
readiness and life skills, and finding employment. Every year, approximately
200 AmeriCorps members serve on one of Civic Works' teams tutoring and
mentoring children, building community parks and gardens, making energy
efficiency improvements, making home repairs for older adults, and growing
food for low-income communities. Civic Works also trains 100 low-income
Baltimore residents for careers in healthcare, environmental remediation, and
weatherization.

Editor's Note: To obtain images of the Baltimore CLC program, please contact
Amanda Holloway at aholloway@branigan.bizor 414-459-3942.

          Fraser Engerman         Amanda Holloway

CONTACTS: fraser.engerman@jci.com aholloway@branigan.biz

          414-524-2733            414-459-3942

SOURCE Johnson Controls, Inc.

Website: http://www.johnsoncontrols.com
 
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