Innovation and Sustainability Featured in Interactive "TechnoJungle: The Hunt for the Next Great Idea"
MILWAUKEE, June 12 - Johnson Controls and Discovery World today announced the company's $3 million sponsorship of the largest exhibit in Milwaukee's newest lakefront attraction -- Johnson Controls' TechnoJungle: The Hunt for the Next Great Idea.
The gift represents the largest grant ever by Johnson Controls in its Milwaukee headquarters' community. The new science and technology museum's major exhibit will showcase Johnson Controls' most innovative technology. Exhibit areas will demonstrate how Johnson Controls combines human interface with an expertise in integrated technology solutions, as well as its values of energy efficiency and environmental stewardship. Johnson Controls' TechnoJungle will also provide teachers with new tools and curriculum to support classroom instruction.
"Our commitment to innovation and sustainability enables us to make life better for the millions of people who enjoy comfortable and safe environments in their workplaces, homes and cars," said John Barth, Johnson Controls chairman and CEO. "This exhibit will use personalized interactivity and forward-looking technology to give young people and their parents a sense of the possibilities for their future."
The Johnson Controls contribution includes funding over the next five years to enhance the exhibit and keep it current and compelling. The exhibit is scheduled to open shortly after Discovery World's full fall opening. The exhibit concepts and design drawings, along with background information, are available at technojungle.org/ .
Barth said the exhibit would incorporate Johnson Controls' values of innovation, sustainability and emerging technologies. It would also reflect the initiative and values of its employees -- including the nearly 2,000 in Milwaukee who regularly support community priorities with their time and resources, he said.
"Dozens of our employees have helped the Discovery World team develop concepts, designs and features for our exhibit," Barth said. "Dozens more will supply ongoing technical and docent support.
"It will be an amazing learning environment for visitors, and we'll also use the exhibit to show customers how innovation keeps us a leader in our businesses. We'll bring employees and other stakeholders together here to take advantage of the world-class facilities and inspiring environment," he said.
Johnson Controls' exhibit sponsorship was announced during a Greater Milwaukee Committee meeting focused on the community impact of Discovery World. Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle also spoke, highlighting shared goals of GMC members, Discovery World and the region.
Michael Cudahy, co-chair of Discovery World, said: "Johnson Controls is a recognized world leader in their businesses and in the community. This exhibit will be a tremendous addition to the Discovery World experience."
Paul Krajniak, executive director, Discovery World, added: "The Johnson Controls' TechnoJungle will connect people with new technologies. It will stimulate interest and careers in the fields of math, science and engineering and inspire creative, innovative and entrepreneurial mindsets."
Johnson Controls design and creative teams are working with Discovery World, incorporating sustainable design into the exhibit along with examples of innovative products and engineering concepts from all three of the company's businesses. Automotive interior components, building comfort and security systems, and advanced batteries and power storage products will be integrated into the exhibit messaging.
"Today's youth are filled with tremendous potential. They want to learn concepts to build things, to know what professionals know and to use that knowledge to create their place in the world," said Krajniak. "The Johnson Controls' TechnoJungle will help visitors make important connections with their future by showing them how they can effect change in the world today."
About Discovery World:
Discovery World Ltd., formed through a merger in 2004 with Pier Wisconsin, Ltd., is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to connect innovation, science and technology with exploration, environment and our Great Lakes freshwater resources through interactive exhibits and experiential learning programs. Key features of the new facility are the Technology Building, the Aquatarium and the S/V Denis Sullivan.
Beginning in June 2006, visitors can register for 101 Days of Summer programs at Discovery World. Wisconsin's Flagship, the schooner S/V Denis Sullivan, will launch her new summer season with LakeWatch Expeditions and pleasure sailing adventures. The public can book events on the grounds or at the spectacular Pilot House with its 360-degree view of the lake and the city with Bartolotta's Events and Catering. The public grounds, cafe, and dock space will be accessible.
In fall of 2006, doors fully open to the public, and Discovery World will launch the Year of Discovery. For more details about specific programs, exhibit and aquarium openings, visit www.discoveryworld.org/ .
About Johnson Controls, Inc.
Johnson Controls (NYSE:JCI) is a global leader in interior experience, building efficiency and power solutions. The company provides innovative automotive interiors that help make driving more comfortable, safe and enjoyable. For buildings, it offers products and services that optimize energy use and improve comfort and security. Johnson Controls also provides batteries for automobiles and hybrid electric vehicles, along with systems engineering and service expertise. Founded in 1885, Johnson Controls has its headquarters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. For information, visit: www.johnsoncontrols.com/ .
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