Conservation Leadership Corps marks eighth year cleaning up Milwaukee's Parks

Conservation Leadership Corps marks eighth year cleaning up Milwaukee's Parks

Johnson Controls continues legacy of providing summer jobs for 60 urban teens

PR Newswire

MILWAUKEE, July 16, 2013

MILWAUKEE, July 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --This summer 60 Milwaukee-area high
school students will participate in an engaging 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 Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board (MAWIB).

In its eighth year in Milwaukee, 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 13 crew leaders at the
River Revitalization Foundation, Cudahy Park, Bender Park, the Root River
Parkway, Copernicus Park and Greene Park. CLC members will work on new trail
development, planting of native trees, grasses and flowers, invasive plant
species removal, general park cleanup, and erosion control. Students also will
cultivate vital professional development skills, including help with resume
writing, interview skills and personal finance management.

"We are proud that the CLC is approaching a decade of support for two worthy
causes: real work experience for our young community residents, and the
longevity of our area parks," said Jennifer Mattes, director, global public
affairs, Johnson Controls. "The program continues to graduate future leaders,
some of whom return as apprentice crew leaders or crew leaders for the CLC,
underscoring the positive impact the experience has on these students."

Additionally, each CLC crew comprised of 10 students will be assigned to one
of the following locations for special projects and education, such as
weeding, harvesting and boxing food for local food banks and shelters, once
per week.

  oHunger Task Force Farm & Fish Hatchery
  oSchlitz Audubon Nature Center
  oUrban Ecology Center-Riverside Park and Washington Park
  oNeighborhood House Nature Center

Each week, the student crews will also work on adopt-a-beach projects at
McKinley, Grant Park, Bradford, Doctor's Park, Bay View and South Shore
beaches where they will collect water samples and test for bacteria. Students
will also collect trash and complete a litter survey.

On August 2, the students will participate in Green Jobs Day – hosted by
Johnson Controls at the company's corporate headquarters in Glendale, Wis.,
where they will learn the importance of sustainability, energy efficiency, and
expectations of today and tomorrow's leaders. Teens will engage in
career-focused presentations and hands-on workshops led by company experts.

The CLC participants were selected from more than 253 applicants based on
their successful completion of a two-month interviewing process. Student
candidates were assessed on leadership, work ethic, civic engagement, and
interest and commitment to the environment.

Johnson Controls also continues its strong partnerships with the Student
Conservation Association (SCA) and Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board
(MAWIB) who manage the program, along with the Milwaukee County Parks and the
Urban Ecology Center (UEC) to bring new opportunities in sustainability and
workforce preparation to city of Milwaukee high school students.

"As we work to prepare young people for the future workforce, we applaud this
extraordinary opportunity to introduce high school youth in Milwaukee to
career pathways in green jobs. One tremendous story of success are the
Washington siblings. They have been involved with the program for several
years and Jordan Washington has achieved crew leader status and his younger
sister Serah is a crew leader apprentice. We are thrilled to see the positive
impact the program is having on these and other young people," said Donald
Sykes, President and CEO, Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board.

The program will culminate in a graduation ceremony on August 9 at the Lake
Park Pavilion, where the CLC students, crew leaders and community partners
will present awards to the CLC teams.

Support for the CLC is provided by primary funder Johnson Controls, new funder
Milwaukee River Restoration Foundation, Greater Milwaukee Foundation,
Wisconsin Energy Foundation, Forest County Potawatomi Foundation, and Baird

Established in Milwaukee, Johnson Controls also sponsors the CLC in Baltimore
and Detroit, with similar programs offered 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

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

The Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board (MAWIB) is a public/private
partnership between government and business that plans, administers and
coordinates employment and training programs for adults and youth in Milwaukee
County. As a workforce development board, MAWIB creates and manages a focused
education, training and employment system that involves local educators,
prospective training operators, area employers, job seekers and employees.

Editor's Note: To obtain images of the Milwaukee CLC program, please contact
Amanda Holloway at or 414-459-3942

          Fraser Engerman         Amanda Holloway


          414-524-2733            414-459-3942

SOURCE Johnson Controls

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