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Women in the HVAC industry often face a unique set of challenges in the male-dominated field. Johnson Controls has worked to tear down those misconceptions by educating and empowering women in the industry. This commitment was in action recently, when Johnson Controls welcomed women from across North America for its second Coolest Women in HVAC event of 2019. The inspirational two-day program provides educational and networking opportunities for contractors, distributors, service technicians, engineers, and sales and marketing professionals. The latest event was held at Johnson Controls residential manufacturing facility in Wichita, Kan., where attendees gained first-hand experience in designing, testing and servicing of residential equipment from YORK, Luxaire, Coleman and Champion. equipment testing lab The women participated in a tour of the plant and equipment testing lab, as well as a manufacturing and engineering Q&A session. “One of our goals at Johnson Controls, and a personal desire of mine, is to increase recruitment of women in the field and give them the tools they need to excel. Creating gender diversity within the HVAC industry can only make it stronger by creating a well-rounded network of talented individuals,” said Liz Haggerty, Vice President and General Manager, Ducted Systems, Johnson Controls. “Our biannual women in HVAC events are an effective way educate attendees on Johnson Controls products and programs, while giving them the opportunity to meet and network with other women in the field.” servicing commercial equipment In September, Johnson Controls hosted its first Coolest Women in HVAC event of the year In September, Johnson Controls hosted its first Coolest Women in HVAC event of the year. Held at Johnson Controls Rooftop Center of Excellence in Norman, Okla., attendees toured the 900,000 square-foot facility, including its two-story testing lab, participated in an engineering leadership Q&A panel and engaged in a presentation on ‘Creating a Culture of Learning’ with Johnson Controls Lead Business Instructor, Christa Vanzant. The women gained first-hand experience in designing, testing and servicing of commercial equipment from YORK, Johnson Controls, TempMaster, Fraser-Johnston, Luxaire, Coleman and Champion. Johnson Controls has been at the forefront of recruiting women to pursue careers in HVAC and increasing the advancement of women in STEM roles. multiple business resource The company created a Women’s Resource Network nearly a decade ago, which harnesses the power of female employees to establish a professional development and mentoring community. Johnson Controls also launched the Next Start program in 2017 to help women who have been out of the workforce for two or more years find employment. In addition to women in HVAC, the company has established multiple business resource groups to support and empower a diverse workforce including veterans, the disabled and multicultural groups.
Johnson Controls is carrying forward the charge on sustainable manufacturing with its continued commitment to green energy. Johnson Controls Building Technologies & Solutions has selected one of its largest facilities as the first plant to shift 100 percent of its electricity to wind power. The plant located in Wichita, Kansas, manufactures residential heating and air conditioning equipment for the YORK®, Luxaire®, Coleman® and Champion® brands. The facility will produce zero emissions from electricity and reduce the company’s North American greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 18 percent. Energy Savings Projections “This renewable energy agreement is a win-win for the business. This plant will operate on 100 percent clean energy, dramatically reducing emissions and saving costs,” said Liz Haggerty, vice president and general manager, Ducted Systems, Johnson Controls. “This is a great example of Johnson Controls’ commitment to sustainability, which drives our enterprise excellence.” We’ve set a goal to achieve a 25 percent reduction in our global greenhouse gas emissions intensity by 2025" The wind farm is scheduled to be completed and delivering clean energy to the Wichita plant by the end of 2019. The energy savings projections from the wind power agreement are conservatively expected to be about $2.7 million over the life of the 20-year contract. “Sustainability is a core value of our company,” Haggerty added. “We’ve set a goal to achieve a 25 percent reduction in our global greenhouse gas emissions intensity by 2025.” Expanding Sustainability Impacts The Johnson Controls Corporate Sustainability Team worked collaboratively with Energy Procurement and Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) teams as well as plant leadership to identify opportunities to increase the amount of renewable energy used in its operations while reducing costs. Michael Richardson, the Wichita plant manager and Matt Sansone, energy procurement manager, took the lead in securing this groundbreaking deal. Since Johnson Controls set its first sustainability goals in 2002, the company has reduced greenhouse gas emissions from global operations by nearly half and cut energy use in U.S. manufacturing locations by 25 percent. Building on that history of success, Johnson Controls has launched an ambitious new set of Sustainability Goals for 2025 with targets to expand sustainability impacts, reduce the company’s environmental footprint and engage employees and local communities.