Starbucks goes LEED
Starbucks opened its first-ever LEED registered store in Canada, located at the corner of Bathurst and St. Clair in Toronto. This location is one of 12 Starbucks stores worldwide taking part in the company's LEED pilot project.
The store at Bathurst and St. Clair features many unique design and construction elements, including:
· Tables and seating made from reclaimed materials
· Siding, cladding and wainscoting made from a locally-sourced fallen barn
· LED and low-voltage lighting
· Variable flush toilets and metered water fixtures
· And paints and solvents that are low VOC
“We are truly excited to have opened the first Canadian store in Starbucks's global LEED pilot project,” said Robert Luciano, Starbucks's director of Store Development for Eastern Canada. “This store is unique in terms of its design and the materials which have been used to construct it. Through this opening, and those happening around the world, Starbucks continues its commitment to delivering a specialty coffee experience while refreshing our store design approach with an amplified focus on local relevance and environmental responsibility.”
The new store format and design is part of Starbucks's Shared Planet initiative. First announced in late 2008, Starbucks says its Shared Planet environmental stewardship program represents the company's commitment to creating a better future for farmers, communities and the environment and significantly reducing its environmental footprint through recycling and green construction.
If the pilot is successful, Starbucks aims to achieve LEED certification for all new company-owned stores worldwide by late 2010, says the company.
To view the Starbucks 2009 Global Responsibility Report, visit www.starbucks.com/responsibility.