For Johnson Controls, a recognized leader in sustainability worldwide, the promise of a green and renewable future burns bright. As a corporate program partner in SCA's Conservation Leadership Corps, the company and SCA have developed and grown an initiative that helps ethnically diverse urban youth become the next generation of environmental ambassadors while gaining leadership development skills for their futures. Launched in 2006 in Johnson Controls' headquarters city of Milwaukee with 40 students, the Corps has since expanded to Baltimore and Detroit. In 2009, the Milwaukee Corps won prestigious recognition from the U.S. Conference of Mayors, which cited it as one of six "best practice in green jobs for youth programs" in the country.
Today, hundreds of teens are employed in outdoor summer jobs in what Jennifer Mattes, director of Global Public Affairs at Johnson Controls, describes as "a model for public-private-non-profit partnerships."
"SCA brings expertise in environmental stewardship, leadership development and diversity all into one program, which matches our corporate values, and our commitment to sustainability and the community," Mattes states.