You have probably heard a lot about green buildings and how they can save energy and reduce waste. Starbucks is very involved in green building, with a goal of having all new stores LEED, or green, certified by the US Green Building Council (USGBC), by 2010. LEED certification is the leading green design certification in the world today. We didn’t just stop with our stores, now we also have a LEED certified roasting plant, in Calhoun County, South Carolina.
Starbucks invested in a variety of green design elements to help reduce the energy and waste generated by both the construction and operation of the facility. A significant amount – 20 percent – of building materials were from recycled content and over 75 percent of construction waste was recycled. The facility features efficient, state of the art lighting and water fixtures, drought tolerant landscape and 35% of the electricity used for operations will be green power supplied by wind energy.