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World Environment Center (WEC) Honors Johnson Controls, Inc, at the Twentieth Annual WEC Gold Medal Presentation Ceremony

New York, May 17, 2004 – Johnson Controls, Inc. (JCI) of Milwaukee , Wisconsin received the 2004 WEC Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development last Friday night at the National Building Museum in Washington , D.C. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Mr. Michael O. Leavitt presented the award to Mr. John M. Barth, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Johnson Controls Inc., who accepted on behalf of JCI's 118,000 employees in recognition of the company's global leadership in sustainable development. This year marks the Twentieth Anniversary of the presentation of the award.

“Johnson Controls, Inc. embodies a fundamental spirit and practice of a better way; environmental protection and economic progress go hand in hand,” noted Administrator Leavitt, “[Johnson Controls'] commitment to conservation, citizenship, and sustainable development is not only a philosophical aspiration but also a successful business practice.” Over 400 dignitaries from government and the diplomatic corps, industry, international agencies and NGOs, academia and the media attended the annual event.

JCI is being honored for providing global leadership in revolutionizing the way businesses approach the design, construction and renovation of their facilities through advancements in High Performance Green Buildings. “Collectively, Johnson Controls' extraordinary efforts exemplify the spirit of leadership embodied by the WEC Gold Medal,” remarked Mr. John F. Mizroch, President and Chief Executive Officer of the World Environment Center.

“At Johnson Controls, we define [sustainability] as the triple bottom line of financial, social, and environmental performance,” commented Mr. John M. Barth, “I am deeply honored to receive this prestigious award on behalf of the 118,000 employees of Johnson Controls.”

According to the 2004 WEC Jury Citation, “Johnson Controls promotes technologies, systems and projects incorporating a cost-benefit model that considers sustainability principles. The company's business lines and initiatives in the battery, automotive, building, construction and control industries stand as a shining example for all industry in the areas of materials use efficiency, supplier diversity, and resource recovery. Johnson Controls' dedication to social responsibility and comprehensive implementation of energy efficiency and waste minimization practices have set a high standard for industry and governments worldwide.”

Nomination forms for applying to the 2005 WEC Gold Medal competition, a complete list of Jury members, 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
Established in 1974, 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. For more information about the WEC, please visit

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