Clay Nesler is the vice president, global energy and sustainability, for Johnson Controls. In this role, he is responsible for energy and sustainability strategy, policy, public affairs, innovation, and the Johnson Controls Institute for Building Efficiency. He also serves on the company’s global environmental sustainability council. Since joining Johnson Controls in 1983, he has held a variety of leadership positions in research, product development, marketing, and strategy in both the United States and Europe.
Mr. Nesler is the vice-chair of the World Environment Center, serves on the board of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) and is on the advisory boards of the Natural Resources Defense Council Center for Market Innovation and the University of Illinois Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering. He is also cochair of the North American and Euro-Mediterranean Energy Efficiency Forum, a member of the Alliance to Save Energy International Steering Committee and a sustainable buildings track advisor for the Clinton Global Initiative.
Mr. Nesler received BS and MS degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is a coinventor on 11 patents. He is a winner of the 2005 Corenet Global Innovator’s Award and the 2012 VERGE 25 award. Mr. Nesler is the past president of the Florentine Opera Company, the sixth oldest professional opera company in America.