LEED® Certified Stores
Starbucks has been a leader for more than a decade in the development and implementation of a scalable green building program for retail companies like ours. We joined the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in 2001 and collaborated with them to develop the LEED for Retail program, an effort to adapt LEED to new construction and commercial interior strategies for retail businesses. Starbucks later became one of the first retailers to join USGBC’s LEED volume certification pilot program.
We’ve come a long way since opening our first LEED-certified store in 2005 in Hillsboro, Oregon. We now have LEED-certified stores in 19 countries across all three of our regions.
2013 Report Update
In 2013 we built 65% of our new global company-operated stores to achieve LEED, down slightly from 2012 due to challenges and complexities of business growth in regions where the program is not as established. While our LEED goal addresses new company-operated stores, we have integrated green building strategies into all of our remodels and new construction, including renovations, licensed stores and joint-venture projects.
“Starbucks leads the retail sector when it comes to LEED certification around the world.”
Mahesh Ramanujam, COO, U.S. Green Building Council
As the first retail company to take this building approach globally, we are continuously learning how to manage the complexities of the program throughout the entire course of building and certification. Going forward we will continue to explore additional strategies to bring all of our stores to a sustainable building standard.
To learn more about our work in LEED Certified stores read our Global Responsibility Goals & Progress Report.
What We're Doing Now
We have currently certified 583 stores in 19 countries. 20 of our stores are in Thailand, including Porto Chino which is the first LEED Gold store for Starbucks in all of Asia. This store includes the use of recycled coffee grounds in table tops, low emitting materials for adhesives, sealants, paints, coatings and flooring, over 10% of materials extracted within 500 miles and over 45% lighting power savings through the use of efficient LED fixtures.