Goals & Progress: Green Building

Green Building

Goal: Build all new, company-owned stores to achieve LEED® certification


During this first year of implementation, we built 75% of our new company-owned stores to achieve LEED certification.

Green Building

Based on fiscal 2011 new, company-owned stores built starting December 1, 2010.

With more than 17,000 retail locations around the world, we’re intently focused on green building initiatives to help us reach our environmental targets and deliver long-term environmental impact and operating cost reductions. Now we are building our new company-owned stores to achieve LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

Starbucks joined the USGBC in 2001, and partnered with them to develop the LEED for Retail program, an effort to adapt LEED to new construction and commercial interior strategies for retail businesses. We opened our first LEED®-certified store in 2005, and in 2009, Starbucks became one of the first retailers to join USGBC’s LEED Volume Certification pilot program. We executed ten successful store design and construction projects in six different bio-regions – all audited and approved by the USGBC. We are using the knowledge gained from these pilots in our broader LEED program.

Our goal is to build all new company-owned stores to achieve LEED certification – and in fiscal year 2011 75 percent were built to achieve this standard in 121 of 161 new company-owned stores. As the first retail company to take this building approach globally, we are learning how to manage the complexities of the program throughout the entire course of building and certification. We will continue to work to address specific challenges that that prevent some geographic areas from meeting LEED requirements, and to improve the tracking and certification process.

Inside our LEED certified stores, customers will find repurposed, recycled and locally sourced elements, as well as innovative environmental features. Our LEED certified stores generate 60 percent less construction waste and require less water and energy to operate. On average, our LEED certified stores achieve a 30 percent reduction in energy used for lighting and 60 percent reduction in water use against the LEED baseline. In 2011 we were recognized for our leadership in green building with the Sustainable Design Award from Global Green USA.

While our LEED program addresses new company-owned stores, we’re proactively looking for opportunities to leverage environmental design practices in all of our stores. With more than 80 LEED accredited professionals on our global store development team, we’re also working to provide licensees and other business partners with guidance on sustainable design and construction practices.

Recycling & Reusable Cups Goals

Energy & Water Conservation Goals

Building Greener Stores

Building Greener StoresHere's an example of how our designers are incorporating LEED® standards into not-so-standard designs.
Reclamation Drive-Thru (blog)