Johnson Controls has been named Green Business of the Year in southeastern Wisconsin as part of the inaugural Green Business Awards program by the Business Journal Serving Greater Milwaukee. Ward Komorowski, director of facilities and building services for the company, was also recognized as the region's Green Business Leader of the Year.
"The awards are an important recognition of our employees who work hard and are dedicated to creating a more comfortable, safe and sustainable world, not only at our headquarters but around the world," said Charles Harvey, vice president, Diversity and Public Affairs at Johnson Controls.
Harvey noted that "the products we make, and the services we deliver, help customers save energy, reduce pollution, minimize waste and recycle more. We are focused on finding sustainable solutions, making cars more fuel efficient through advanced battery technology and environmentally friendly interior components, and applying technologies and services to make buildings more green by making them more energy efficient, improving their carbon footprint and their use of resources."
The company has provided more than $4.6 billion in energy and water efficiency savings guarantees to facility customers, and has helped customers, including many in southeast Wisconsin, reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 10 million metric tons since 2000. Johnson Controls' proprietary PowerFrameTM grid technology for producing automotive batteries reduces emissions, consumes 20 to 30 percent less energy than other similar processes, improves the quality and performance of batteries, and improves plant safety.
Local customers include Manpower, the city of Milwaukee, Milwaukee Art Museum, Children's Hospital, Miller Park, Medical College of Wisconsin, MATC, and Goodwill Industries.
At Johnson Controls, being green and sustainable includes the efficient use of resources to benefit everyone throughout the world through its products, services and solutions that address environmental needs. The company has a strategic focus in the community in environmental stewardship in the development of youth and green jobs through numerous programs around the world.
Komorowski, director of facilities and buildings for Johnson Controls, manages the company's Milwaukee-area facilities. He contributed to the company's recognition by the Environmental Protection Agency, earning their first ENERGY STAR label for buildings. Johnson Controls' Brengel Technology Center downtown was among the first to be certified Silver under the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program, and the first to be recertified from Silver to Gold.
Komorowski and his team are also managing design and construction of the new and remodeled Johnson Controls headquarters' campus in Glendale, which will be LEED-certified Platinum for energy efficiency and sustainability, the highest LEED rating. It is the world's most sustainable campus.
"Ward has made significant contributions to our company and its facilities. He sets a standard of excellence through his dedication and continued championing of environmental awareness across the organization," Harvey said.