Creating the next generation of environmental stewards

The Conservation Leadership Corps (CLC) is a signature Johnson Controls global philanthropy program that focuses the company’s values of environmental stewardship, leadership development and diversity to develop local youth and make a positive impact on local communities where we do business.

The CLC engages thousands of youth worldwide in summer employment and volunteer projects that provide hands-on conservation experience and training to help students build their leadership skills, develop a strong work ethic and gain a personal sense of stewardship for the environment.

The program takes place in global locations where Johnson Controls has significant operations. The U.S. program is active in Milwaukee, Wis., and Detroit, Mich., where we have our U.S. headquarters locations, and in global locations such as Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Mexico and China. The program now involves more than 1,700 students each year.

Participants in the program complete projects that range from environmental education to conservation work in parks and natural areas. For instance, student teams work on creating green pathways in urban parks, removing invasive species, establishing urban gardens, and making overall improvements to public green spaces.  The CLC also provides an opportunity for our employees to get involved and share their leadership and environmental expertise. The program seeks to create the next generation of environmental stewards.