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Starbucks Announces Global Greener Stores Commitment


Building on a legacy as the world's largest retail builder of
LEED®-certified stores, Starbucks commits to designing, building and
operating 10,000 "Greener Stores" globally by 2025

Starbucks teams up with experts including SCS Global Services and
World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to develop new, open-sourced "Starbucks
Greener Stores" framework

Championed by Starbucks partners (employees) who are accredited
sustainability experts and advocates, Starbucks Greener Stores will be
operated sustainably while helping the company avoid $50 million in
utilities expenses over the next 10 years

Today, Starbucks Coffee Company (NASDAQ:SBUX) announced the "Starbucks
Greener Stores" framework and a commitment to design, build and operate
10,000 "Greener Stores" globally by 2025. "Starbucks Greener
Stores" framework will be built upon comprehensive performance criteria
that help ensure the company's approach to designing, building, and
operating its company-owned stores sets a new 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, culminating in 10,000 "Greener Stores"
globally by 2025, encompassing existing stores, new builds and
renovations. "Starbucks Greener Stores" framework will also be
open-sourced to benefit the broader retail industry.

"Simply put, sustainable coffee, served sustainably is our aspiration,"
said Kevin Johnson, president and ceo of Starbucks. "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."

Announced on-stage at The Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco,
C.A., the "Starbucks Greener Stores" framework is anticipated to save
the company an incremental $50 million in utilities over the next 10
years. This builds on Starbucks ten-year legacy of utility cost savings
attributable to Greener Store practices, which already equates to
approximately $30 million in saved annual operating costs.

With this commitment, Starbucks will also further enable and empower its
more than 330,000 partners globally to be informed and engaged in
sustainability, adding to a burgeoning group of partner advocates
through Partners
for Sustainability 
and the Greener Apron voluntary
certification program with Arizona State University.

"Starbucks Greener Stores" framework will be co-developed by leading
experts including World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and will be audited and
verified by SCS Global Services, a third-party verification organization
that also oversees Starbucks Coffee and Farmer Equity (C.A.F.E.)
Practices. This framework will be open-sourced to enable other retailers
to engage in this initiative.

"This framework represents the next step in how Starbucks is approaching
environmental stewardship, looking holistically at stores and their role
in helping to ensure the future health of our natural resources," said
Erin Simon, Director of R&D at World Wildlife Fund, U.S. "When companies
step up and demonstrate leadership, other businesses often follow with
commitments of their own, driving further positive impacts."

"Willingness for Starbucks to independently verify a large-scale complex
deployment of a robust, impact driven and an innovative multi-attribute
Greener Stores program to address climate change, demonstrates
leadership, integrity and transparency, which are core values shared by
SCS," said Stanley Mathuram, Vice President at SCS Global Services.

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® (USGBC) 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.

Starbucks investment in a sustainable future continues with the
announcement of a green building framework that exceeds construction and
design to address long-term, eco-conscious operation. Built on a
foundation of the LEED certification program and sustainable operations,
the "Starbucks Greener Stores" framework will offer a comprehensive
model and broad environmental scope that is universal in design, but
most relevant to the retail industry. With performance-based standards
that incorporate design and extend throughout the life of a store,
"Starbucks Greener Stores" will focus on:

    technologies and practices that ultimately deliver 30 percent water
    savings and 25 percent energy savings compared to previous store
    design standards.
  • RENEWABLE ENERGY: Sourcing renewable energy equivalent to 100%
    of the electricity used in our U.S. and Canada stores.
  • HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT: Designing and operating stores to create a
    comfortable experience for partners and customers, including lighting,
    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.

Today's announcement builds on Starbucks 30-year track record of
focusing on sustainability across all aspects of its business, including:

  • Achieving 99 percent ethically-sourced coffee (More here)
  • Innovating to reduce single-use plastic straws globally by 2020 (More here)
  • Pledging $10 million to develop and help bring to market, a fully
    recyclable and compostable hot cup (More here)
  • Establishing a 5p paper cup charge across all 950 stores in Britain to
    promote reusability (More here)
  • Offering a discount to any customer who brings a reusable cup or
    tumbler to company-owned stores around the world
  • Reducing packaging waste by offering cups containing 10% post-consumer
  • Launching the Sustainable Coffee Challenge in partnership with
    Conservation International at the U.N. climate negotiations in Paris
    (More here)
  • Introducing the first U.S. Corporate Sustainability Bond to support
    Starbucks coffee supply chain (More here)
  • Purchasing renewable energy, currently covering more than 60% of our
    electricity usage globally, and 100% of Starbucks company-operated
    stores in the U.S. & Canada (More here)
  • Reducing water usage by 30% between 2008 and 2017 in company-operated
  • Addressing food waste by donating eligible, unsold food nightly – 10
    million meals to date – to local community food banks via Starbucks®

How to Engage

For companies interested in the Starbucks Greener Stores framework,
please contact
for more information.

About Starbucks

Since 1971, Starbucks Coffee Company has been committed to ethically
sourcing and roasting high-quality arabica coffee. Today, with stores
around the globe, the company is the premier roaster and retailer of
specialty coffee in the world. Through our unwavering commitment to
excellence and our guiding principles, we bring the unique Starbucks
Experience to life for every customer through every cup. To share in the
experience please visit us in our stores, online at and
through the Starbucks Newsroom.

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