Paul Smith’s College Taps Johnson Controls to Implement Sustainability Initiatives

November 11, 2010

MILWAUKEE, Nov. 11, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — Paul Smith’s College and Johnson Controls (NYSE: JCI), the global leader in delivering products, services and solutions that increase energy efficiency in buildings, today announced the launch of an energy conservation program across the campus. The program is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from buildings on campus by 22 percent, or more than 1,000 tons of carbon dioxide, while advancing the college’s commitment toward achieving carbon neutrality.

The energy savings program includes building and lighting retrofits, weatherization measures and the installation of an integrated building management system, which is expected to save the school more than $4.6 million in energy costs over the next 15 years. The projected reductions are equivalent to saving more than 2,300 barrels of oil each year.

“Our college is committed to our natural surroundings,” said John W. Mills, president, Paul Smith’s College. “We strive to look for ways to reduce our environmental impact, and this energy conservation program is a substantial step to help us get closer to our goal of zero greenhouse gas emissions.”

Located in the scenic Adirondack Mountains and ranked among the top 10 schools for students who hunt and fish by Outdoor Life magazine, Paul Smith’s College has a tradition of environmental education. The school, long known for its forestry, surveying, fish and wildlife and arboriculture programs, amongst others, recently launched a new program offering a Bachelor of Science degree in natural resource sustainability. The college is one of 680 higher education institutions to sign The American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

“Paul Smith’s College is an example of the increasing demand to create energy efficient facilities at colleges and universities where learning fosters environmental stewardship,” said Jim Simpson, higher education director, Energy Solutions, Johnson Controls. “This project will also help to create awareness of additional actions students, faculty and staff can take to save energy and water while making their surroundings more eco-friendly.”

The energy performance contract with Johnson Controls enables Paul Smith’s College to reduce utility costs and its carbon footprint. The expected savings will be used to offset the project capital investment over the term of the contract.

The program is expected to be complete in December 2011.

About Paul Smith’s College

Located in the heart of the Adirondack Park, Paul Smith’s property covers 14,200 acres of the six-million-acre park. For over 60 years, each of the college’s programs are based on the same principle: That actually doing is a critical part of learning. With immediate access to not just the natural wonders of the Adirondack Park but also the bustling resort community of Lake Placid, students get up close and personal with their chosen field in a safe, world-class setting.

About Johnson Controls

Johnson Controls is a global diversified technology and industrial leader serving customers in over 150 countries. Our 130,000 employees create quality products, services and solutions to optimize energy and operational efficiencies of buildings; lead-acid automotive batteries and advanced batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles; and interior systems for automobiles. Our commitment to sustainability dates back to our roots in 1885, with the invention of the first electric room thermostat. Through our growth strategies and by increasing market share we are committed to delivering value to shareholders and making our customers successful. For additional information, please visit http://www.johnsoncontrols.com.

About Johnson Controls Building Efficiency

Johnson Controls Building Efficiency is a leading provider of equipment, controls and services for heating, ventilating, air-conditioning, refrigeration and security systems for buildings. Operating from 500 branch offices in 150 countries, we deliver products, services and solutions that increase energy efficiency and lower operating costs for over one million customers. We are involved in more than 500 renewable energy projects including solar, wind and geothermal technologies. Our solutions have reduced carbon dioxide emissions by 13.6 million metric tons and generated savings of $7.5 billion since 2000. Many of the world’s largest companies rely on us to manage 1.5 billion square feet of their commercial real estate.

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