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conservation leadership program
Conservation Leadership Program
  • Provides meaningful summer jobs – 7 weeks for inner-city, diverse youth
    • One week of job-readiness training (resume writing, interview skills, how to apply for a job, on-line job searches, and financial literacy)
    • Six weeks spent on projects such as; boardwalk construction, trail construction, erosion prevention, habitat restoration, removal of invasive species, and building benches and bridges
  • Initiated in 2006 in Milwaukee
  • Continued and expanded in 2007 – 2008
  • Looking for additional sponsors in 2009
  • Collaboration among public and private sector:
  • Johnson Controls
  • Student Conservation Association
  • Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board
  • Milwaukee County Parks
  • Local businesses and foundations

Johnson Controls

clc program elements
CLC program elements
  • Conservation Leadership Corps program includes following elements:
      • Environmental sustainability
      • Leadership development
      • Inclusion/diversity
      • Youth focus
      • Employee involvement
      • Community impact
      • NGO relationships
      • Media component
      • Employee engagement survey impact:
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • I am satisfied with what my company is doing to support the community where I work.

Johnson Controls

how did the clc get started
How did the CLC get started?

Johnson Controls wanted to invest in a signature program which synthesized our goals of bringing diversity, environmental sustainability and leadership development to our local communities

Started as a response to Mayor Barrett’s City of Milwaukee Summer Jobs Program

Johnson Controls

about the student conservation association sca founded in 1957
About the Student Conservation Association (SCA)Founded in 1957

The Nation’s Leading Provider of Conservation Volunteers



To build the next generation of conservation leaders and inspire lifelong stewardship of our environment and communities by engaging young people in hands-on service to the land.

Who They Are

  • 50+ Years of Students Conserving:
  • America’s National Parks
  • National Forests
  • Public Lands
  • City Green Spaces

What They Do

  • Provide Youth Conservation Workforce
  • High School Summer Conservation Crews
  • College Internships
  • Community Conservation
  • Diversity Focused-Initiatives

Johnson Controls

program s reach
Program’s Reach
  • Initiated in 2006 in Milwaukee
  • Expanded to Baltimore in 2007
  • Added Detroit in 2008


  • 94% retention rate over 3 yrs
  • 86% responded they would like to participate again
  • Over 70% of 2006 Alumni surveyed reported they got another job during the following school year and summer

Johnson Controls

About the projects – in the Parks
  • Grant Park
    • Restored parts of Seven Bridges Trail, where hikers had created their own paths, unknowingly destroying native vegetation
  • Kohl Park
    • Cut and built the park’s first public trail, providing long-awaited access to the park
  • Estabrook Park
    • Cleared and removed invasive buckthorn trees and honeysuckle bushes, which have been crowding out and killing native species
  • Washington Park (in partnership with Urban Ecology Center)
    • Installed a nature trail and teaching vista on island in lagoon using a canoe. Built 8 “Aldo Leopold” benches for the island, constructed and installed a timber boardwalk for a section of marshland, and painted murals inside the Center’s newly leased educational buildingon afew rainy days

Johnson Controls

About the results – Summer service accomplishments in parks



  • 8,110 ft of trail maintained
  • 625 ft of new trail built
  • 638 trees/native plants planted
  • Removed invasive species and restored 545 ft² area
  • 75 steps built
  • 1 retaining wall built
  • 69 pieces of erosion prevention cribbing installed
  • 3 turnpikes built
  • 1 timber boat landing built
  • 1 30-foot treated timber boardwalk built and installed
  • 8 timber “Aldo Leopold” benches built and installed
  • 3,360 ft of trail maintained
  • 2,505 ft of new trail built
  • 16 water bars constructed
  • 15 social trails shut down and restored
  • 2 bridges and 1 fence removed
  • 5 drainage ditches dug
  • 12 acres of invasive species removed
  • 6 trees planted
  • 2 bridges built

Johnson Controls

about the results youth leadership and career development
About the results – Youth Leadership and Career Development
  • Advancing Youth Leaders in Conservation Careers
    • Eight 2006 MCLC alumni hired into new conservation job opportunities in 2007
      • 2 seasonal Milwaukee County Parks and Recreation (4 projected in 2008)
      • 2 MCLC Apprentice Leaders
      • 4 alumni members
  • Program Impact
    • 88% of 2006 alumni reported their interest in the environment has changed as a result of the program
    • 76% of 2006 alumni reported working another job after participating in MCLC, with
      • 35% reported working in the outdoor/environmental field or with a community or non-profit organization
      • 71% of those alumni using the program as a reference in securing their subsequent jobs

“I learned a lot because we talked about how to set up for college, manage money, and act on a job.”

Johnson Controls


Recruit crew leaders

Recruit students

Announce students


Program start








Johnson Controls

the investment
The investment
  • 2008 Funding: $513,000 - 67 students
  • Johnson Controls - $313,000
  • Other local corporate funders $200,000:

Greater Milwaukee Foundation

Helen Bader Foundation

Northwestern Mutual


SAP America, Inc.

Wisconsin Energy Foundation

Rockwell Automation

Gilbane Construction

Baird Foundation

  • TOTAL: $7,800 per student

Funding levels:

$5,000 base level







Johnson Controls

thank you
Thank you!


Johnson Controls

Contact information:

Jennifer MattesDirector, Global Public Affairs

Johnson Controls

Diversity & Public Affairs - Corporate(tel) [email protected], WI USA

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