JCI and SCA join forces for Milwaukee parks

Denise Lockwood
Milwaukee Business Journal
Monday, July 14, 2014

Johnson Controls Inc.kicks off Conservation Leadership Corps

Offering students conservation experience, Johnson Controls Inc. kicked off its conservation leadership corps, a program that gives 48 Milwaukee high school students work experience through a paid summer jobs program.

Glendale-based Johnson Controls (NYSE: JCI), which makes batteries and building efficiency equipment, partnered with the Student Conservation Association and the Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board (MAWIB), which manages the program. Students work with nine crew leaders at Milwaukee parks to help complete community beautification and conservation service projects.

They will also participate in Green Jobs Day, which is hosted by Johnson Controls at its headquarters. There the students will learn about sustainability, energy efficiency and jobs skills needed in the workforce.

“The students have a unique opportunity to gain hands-on work experience, while developing professional skill and learning about the importance of environmental conservation,” said Karen Sommer, director, global public affairs, at Johnson Controls.

Johnson Controls, the Helen Bader Foundation, MAWIB, Wisconsin Energy Foundation, Baird Foundation Inc. and Whole Foods provided support for the program.