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Business Leaders and Key Dignitaries Come Together to Discuss the Future of Sustainable Development

New York, May 12, 2004 – The World Environment Center (WEC) will host a high-level colloquium on corporate leadership and sustainability May 13-14, 2004 at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. The two-day presentation, “Building Bridges to a Sustainable Future: Promoting Partnerships for Innovation,” will explore interactions between energy markets, trade and international development, as well as examine recent trends in sustainability that are shaping a variety of industry sectors, including automotive, manufacturing and consumer products. The colloquium is open to all National Press Club members as well as other interested media.

May 13 features a panel on international corporate leadership that brings together senior environmental affairs executives from Eastman Kodak, Starbucks Coffee Company, and Ricoh Company, Ltd., each presenting their perspectives on successfully integrating environmental protection and sustainable business practices on an international scale. On May 14, senior executives from Johnson Controls will present highlights of their award-winning strategies for sustainability, environmental performance and design for the environment.

Speakers include Emmy B. Simmons, assistant administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development's (USAID) Bureau for Economic Growth, Agriculture and Trade, and Timothy B. Hauser, undersecretary of commerce for International Commerce and trade, U.S. Department of Commerce. John M. Barth, Johnson Controls chairman and chief executive officer, will also be in attendance.

The colloquium is being held in conjunction with the 20 th Annual WEC Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development, which is being presented to Johnson Controls at the National Building Museum May 14.

Michael O. Leavitt, administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, will present the WEC Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development to Barth, who will accept on behalf of the company's 118,000 employees worldwide. The 2004 jury citation and a list of previous recipients are available at the WEC website:

About Johnson Controls
Johnson Controls, Inc., is a global market leader in automotive systems and facility management and control. In the automotive market, it is a major supplier of integrated seating and interior systems and batteries. For non-residential facilities, Johnson Controls provides control systems and services including comfort, energy and security management. Johnson Controls (NYSE: JCI), founded in 1885, has headquarters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Its sales for 2003 totaled $22.6 billion. For more information about Johnson Controls visit the company's web site at

About the WEC
The World Environment Center (WEC) is an independent, not-for-profit, non-advocacy organization. Working with the private sector, international organizations, non-governmental organizations and academia, the WEC promotes sustainable development by encouraging environmental leadership, improving health and safety practices worldwide, and fostering the efficient use of natural resources to protect the global environment.

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