Starbucks commits to 10,000 'Greener Stores'
Starbucks Coffee Company said today that it is committed to building 10,000 "Greener Stores" globally by 2025. The chain is first creating a framework around performance criteria to help ensure the stores set a standard for green retail. Over the next year, Starbucks will develop an accredited program to audit all existing company-operated stores in the U.S. and Canada against the framework criteria, according to a company press release.
Starbucks Greener Stores framework will also be open-sourced to benefit the broader retail industry, said Kevin Johnson, president and CEO of Starbucks.
"Simply put, sustainable coffee, served sustainably is our aspiration," he said in the release. "We know that designing and building green stores is not only responsible, it is cost effective as well. The energy and passion of our green apron partners has inspired us to find ways to operate a greener store that will generate even greater cost savings while reducing impact."
The "Starbucks Greener Stores" framework should save the company an incremental $50 million in utilities over the next 10 years, building on the chain's 10-year legacy of utility cost savings attributable to Greener Store practices, which already equates to approximately $30 million in saved annual operating costs.
"Starbucks Greener Stores" framework will be co-developed by leading experts including World Wildlife Fund will help develop the framework, and the SCS Global Services, a third-party verification organization that also oversees Starbucks Coffee and Farmer Equity Practices, will audit it.
Starbucks has been committed for more than a decade to the development and implementation of scalable green building and operations. In 2001, Starbucks joined with the U.S. Green Building Council to develop the LEED for Retail program, and in 2005, Starbucks opened its first LEED-certified store. Today, Starbucks operates more than 1,500 LEED -certified stores globally across 20 countries — including all 50 states and Puerto Rico — more than any other retailer in the world.
With performance-based standards that incorporate design and extend throughout the life of a store, "Starbucks Greener Stores" will focus on:
- Energy efficiency and water stewardship: Deploying technologies and practices that deliver 30 percent water savings and 25 percent avoided energy over historic store design practices.
- Renewable energy: Powering stores by 100 percent renewable energy through investments in country-specific solar and wind projects.
- Healthy environment: Designing and operating stores to create a comfortable experience that promotes wellness for partners and customers, including lighting, noise, air quality and temperature.
- Responsible materials: Ensuring materials and products for stores are responsibly and sustainably sourced. Waste diversion: Designing and operating stores to reduce waste.
- Engagement: Inspiring a culture of sustainability and empowering partners to take action, be informed, and engage in sustainability issues and practices.
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