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Johnson Controls exceeds goal of 500 LEED® Accredited Professionals in North America
Energy efficiency leader showcases company commitment
to green buildings at Greenbuild 2009
MILWAUKEE - (November 11, 2009) – Illustrating its leadership in the global energy efficiency and sustainability marketplace, Johnson Controls, Inc. (NYSE: JCI) announces the achievement of its goal of 500 Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professionals in North America. Johnson Controls made this announcement at Greenbuild 2009 in Phoenix, Ariz., where it will showcase innovation in the commercial building arena.
The announcement underscores the company’s ongoing commitment to the LEED Green Building Rating System, the nationally accepted benchmark by the United States Green Building Council for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.
Company’s growth in LEED professionals
Of its nearly 800 LEED professionals worldwide, Johnson Controls surpassed its goal of 500 LEED Accredited Professionals in North America, an objective that was established at Greenbuild 2008. Additionally, more than 100 company employees have achieved LEED Green Associate status, the newest credential for green building professionals that denotes basic knowledge of green design, construction and operations.
“As demand for sustainable and energy efficient buildings continues to grow, its never been more important to provide customers with the most knowledgeable team of green professionals to help achieve their energy efficiency and sustainability goals,” said Joe Walicki, vice president and general manager, Systems, Johnson Controls. “Johnson Controls is committed to growing our LEED credentialing program as we look to create more sustainable and efficient environments.”
Company’s commitment to LEED facilities
Johnson Controls will be submitting an application to the U.S. Green Building Council for its LEED Platinum certification for its headquarters campus in Glendale, Wis., which includes four buildings and the surrounding grounds.
Johnson Controls also announces that 16 of its branch offices are now registered LEED projects, reinforcing the company’s corporate commitment to high-performance green buildings.
“As we educate our field service and sales teams on green building operations and maintenance practices, we feel it is important to walk the talk with regards to the facilities where they work,” said Jennifer Stentz, vice president of Service Sales and Marketing, Johnson Controls. “We want to demonstrate that LEED for existing buildings is just as applicable to our 9,800 square foot branch in Knoxville, Tennessee as it is at our 130,000 square foot headquarters building in Milwaukee.”
Company launches new Green Compass v3
Johnson Controls debuts an updated version of its popular LEED assessment tool, Green Compass v3. The online software application helps facility teams assess a project’s green opportunities, evaluate options and track progress. Green Compass has been used by more than 150 projects worldwide, including The National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington D.C.
Johnson Controls will demonstrate Green Compass v3 and highlight various LEED projects at the company’s trade show booth in the Phoenix Convention Center, during Greenbuild 2009.
About Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED provides building owners and operators a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions. LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. For more information on LEED, visit www.usgbc.org.
About Johnson Controls
Johnson Controls is the global leader that brings ingenuity to the places where people live, work and travel. By integrating technologies, products and services, we create smart environments that redefine the relationships between people and their surroundings. Our team of 140,000 employees creates a more comfortable, safe and sustainable world through our products and services for more than 200 million vehicles, 12 million homes and one million commercial buildings. Our commitment to sustainability drives our environmental stewardship, good corporate citizenship in our workplaces and communities, and the products and services we provide to customers. For additional information, please visit http://www.johnsoncontrols.com/.
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