MILWAUKEE - Johnson Controls Inc. has announced its Tomorrow’s Energy Ambassadors, Managers and Scholars (TEAMS) competition that calls for select college seniors and graduate students to collaboratively draft an open letter to the field of 2008 presidential candidates urging them to better clarify their positions on matters related to energy and sustainability. The winning team will be presented with a $10,000 scholarship fund check for its school and have its letter published in a full-page ad in a national publication. TEAMS students placing first, second, and third will also be eligible for cash awards totaling $5,000.

“This is a great opportunity for the future chief executive of the United States to hear from future business and academic leaders who will be directly impacted by policy decisions made on energy and sustainability in this country and around the world,” said C. David Myers, president of the Johnson Controls Building Efficiency business. “We welcome the ingenuity and insight that these students will bring to bear on this discussion.”

The competition for TEAMS is open to students designated by four-year and graduate institutions that are members of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). Johnson Controls notes that hundreds of major universities are members, including: American University, Boston University, Columbia University, Harvard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Princeton, Stanford, and Yale. While each school may submit only one entry, interdisciplinary collaboration with up to four student members is encouraged in order to craft a more insightful letter.

Letters submitted for the TEAMS search will be judged by an independent panel of energy professionals and energy industry trade journalists. All entries will have a strict word limit ranging between 800-900 words and will be evaluated on the following 50â€'point scoring system:

• Ability to clearly and concisely address presidential candidates within the prescribed word limits: 10 points

• Awareness of energy issues and environmental stewardship: 15 points

• A logical presentation of arguments and facts: 10 points

• Creativity and originality of the letter’s call to action: 15 points

Johnson Controls will present the first place winning team’s college or university with a $10,000 check for its scholarship fund. In addition to having its letter published, the first place winning team will receive a $2,500 grant from Johnson Controls. They will also be invited, as guests of the company, to attend the 2008 Energy Efficiency Forum in Washington, D.C. Second and third place teams will be awarded grants in the amounts or $1,500 and $1,000, respectively.

The TEAMS competition has an eâ€'mail entry deadline of Oct. 26, 2007 for receiving all submissions. The winners will be announced on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2007. For detailed rules and entry forms, visit

Publication date:10/01/2007