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Johnson Controls, NFBPA to Develop Sustainability-Focused Program

Johnson Controls Inc., a Milwaukee-based auto parts maker with a focus on eco-friendly products, and the National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA) announced the development of a sustainability component for the Forum’s Executive Leadership Institute (ELI).

As part of a three-year sponsorship, Johnson Controls will collaborate with the NFBPA and Southern University at Baton Rouge to develop curriculum for the program. The sponsorship will focus on developing public managers’ expertise in sustainability management practices that support a green economy.

“We’re in the business of helping building owners and managers improve their environmental footprint,” said Bruno Biasiotta, vice president and general manager of solutions at Johnson Controls Building Efficiency. “Working with the NFBPA on this training program will allow Johnson Controls to help develop leaders with the expertise to lead the development of energy-efficient sustainable communities. Additionally, this partnership builds on our commitment to diversity, which is both a core value and practice at Johnson Controls.”

To develop the curriculum for the Institute, the company will use an approach that measures an organization’s economic prosperity through cost savings, environmental stewardship, and social responsibility.

The NFBPA’s ELI currently offers 15 curriculum topics, from policy development to globalization to community building.

The organization established ELI in 1987 to sharpen the skills and capabilities of African American managers and administrators who have already demonstrated superior achievement.


— Janell P. Hazelwood


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