Mayor Barrett, community officials to share remarks on sustainability and career preparation
Mayor Tom Barrett, joined by other local leaders, will address 55 Milwaukee teens on the city’s expanding green economy during the Johnson Controls Green Jobs Day, Friday, July 27 at 8 a.m. at the company’s global headquarters in Glendale, Wis. The day’s events will include interactive breakout sessions on energy efficiency, job readiness, professional skills and local parks.
Green Jobs Day is a part of the Conservation Leadership Corps (CLC), a summer jobs program sponsored by Johnson Controls and other local organizations that promotes the development of sustainability and leadership skills in Milwaukee youth through the completion of field conservation work. The program is managed in partnership with the Student Conservation Association (SCA) and the Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board (MAWIB).
Now in its seventh year, the Milwaukee CLC is a six-week summer jobs program developed by Johnson Controls. The program is also offered in Baltimore and Detroit and has had a global presence since 2009 in China, Mexico, England, Germany, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic. More than 1,700 students each year participate in the program worldwide.
Each year, Johnson Controls offers a summer jobs program for Milwaukee youth – the Conservation Leadership Corps. The teens earn a wage completing conservation and restoration work at 14 Milwaukee County Parks, helping with erosion control, invasive species removal and trail building. New this year, they’re also taking part in urban farming activities, including aquaponics at Sweet Water Organics, fish farming at the Hunger Task Force Fish Hatchery & Farm, and rain garden installation at Alice’s Garden.