Johnson Controls, Inc. (Johnson Controls) has signed an energy savings performance contract from Lee College, Texas under Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI). Under the contract, Johnson Controls will retrofit the 35 of Lee College's facilities. Upon completion, total electric consumption will be reduced by around 35%, and energy and water costs will be reduced by 32%.

Lee College is the first signed contract for a higher education institution under the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI), reinforcing that energy efficiency has never been more important.

CCI’s Energy efficiency building retrofit program combines many of the world’s cities, real estate firms, financial institutions and energy service companies in a landmark effort to reduce energy consumption in existing buildings across the municipal, institutional, commercial, private, educational and public housing sectors.

Specific improvements include adding a building management system, installing energy efficient heating, ventilation, air conditioning and lighting products.

Recently Lee College signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). ACUPCC and CCI are partnering to increase the number of large-scale energy saving retrofits for campus buildings to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and lower energy bills without utilizing capital budgets or increasing monthly operating expenses.

This project will result in cost and energy savings for the College, and improve the environment for our students and faculty, said Dennis Topper, interim president, Lee College. We chose to work with Johnson Controls because of its proven global track record. With the help of Johnson Controls, our commitment to ACUPCC and the Clinton Climate Initiative, we can serve as a responsible role model to other colleges, nationwide.

As per Department of Energy, buildings account for up to 40% of global energy use. Energy-efficiency solutions for new and retrofitted buildings could significantly reduce CO2 emissions.

Businesses of all types, globally and in every market segment are actively fighting rising energy costs, and energy efficiency is becoming their primary measurable action, said Clay Nesler, vice president of global energy and sustainability for Johnson Controls. Our work with Lee College demonstrates what can be done to advance building efficiency and save energy.

Johnson Controls has signed first project development agreement under the CCI in February 2008. That project, with K Raheja Corp, one of India’s realty and construction developers, was to retrofit Inorbit Mall, the mall in Mumbai.