An Energy Efficiency Firm: Johnson Controls

  • June 10, 2009

Johnson Controls, a Fortune 500 auto parts manufacturer headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is one of the country's fastest-growing companies in the clean energy economy and is a recognized leader in energy-efficient building solutions.1 In fact, as Joy Clark-Holmes, the company's director of Local Government and Market Solutions explained, growth in its building efficiency business is outpacing its other divisions, accounting for more than one third of the company's 140,000 employees and $38 billion in sales in 2008.2 "We are benefiting from the expansion of the public's general interest in energy efficiency and its willingness to invest," Clark-Holmes said.

Johnson Controls recently launched a campaign to educate consumers about energy efficiency and sustainability. "'Green' is a marketing word for what people feel is doing the right thing," said Clark-Holmes. "If you truly want to become green you have to become energy efficient."

1 "Fortune 500," Fortune, May 5, 2008, (accessed April 17, 2009). Among its awards, Johnson Controls won the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's 2005 Clean Air Excellence Award, which recognizes programs, projects or technologies that reduce emissions of pollutants or hazardous/toxic air pollutants; are innovative and unique; provide a model for others to follow; and result in positive outcomes that are continuing/sustainable.

2 Pew interview with Joy Clark-Holmes, director of Local Government and Market Solutions, Johnson Controls, March 23, 2009.

Topics: Energy, Environment