Starbucks Opens Its First LEED Registered Store in Canada

New Toronto store goes local with tables made from a bowling alley and siding from a fallen barn

TORONTO, May 29 /CNW/ - Today, members of the community and other guests gathered at Starbucks to mark the grand opening of their first-ever LEED registered store in Canada. Located at the corner of Bathurst and St. Clair, this location is one of 12 Starbucks stores worldwide taking part in the company's LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) pilot project.

The new store format and design is part of Starbucks's Shared Planet(TM) initiative. First announced in late 2008, Starbucks' Shared Planet(TM) 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(R) certification for all new company-owned stores worldwide by late 2010.

The store at Bathurst and St. Clair features many unique design and construction elements, including:

    
    -   Tables and seating made from reclaimed materials such as bowling
        lanes from a Scarborough bowling alley
    -   Siding, cladding and wainscoting made from a locally-sourced fallen
        barn
    -   LED and low-voltage lighting
    -   Variable flush toilets and metered water fixtures
    -   Paints and solvents that are low VOC
    -   Reduced reliance on construction materials due to exposed surfaces,
        polished and densified concrete floors
    

"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."

Toronto-based environmental charities Jane Goodall's Roots and Shoots and Evergreen also attended the launch and lent their support to the LEED initiative. Roots and Shoots, a program of the Jane Goodall Institute, is a network dedicated to encouraging youth of all ages to take action to improve the world through projects that promote care and concern for animals, the environment and the community. Evergreen aims to empower Canadians to take a hands-on approach to their urban environments.

"We are delighted to be supporting Starbucks's LEED registered store grand opening here in Toronto," said Stewart Chisholm, Common Grounds Program Director for Evergreen. "Initiatives such as this one resonate with Evergreen's vision of creating a sustainable society where people and businesses can live in harmony with, and contribute meaningfully, to their local environment."

Abner Lico from Jane Goodall's Roots and Shoots added: "We're thrilled to be working with Starbucks on engaging youth in environmental issues through their Shared Planet program and are very supportive of their further commitment to reducing their footprint with this LEED pilot."

About LEED

LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) is an internationally recognized green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts on the environment.Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and adopted by many building organizations around the world today, LEED provides building owners and operators a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.

About Starbucks

Since 1971, Starbucks Coffee Company has been committed to ethically sourcing and roasting the highest quality arabica coffee in the world. 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 or online at www.starbucks.com. To view the Starbucks 2009 Global Responsibility Report, please visit starbucks.com/responsibility.

SOURCE Starbucks Coffee Company

For further information: For further information: Colette Bennett, Starbucks Coffee Company, (604) 630-5258, CBennett@starbucks.com; James Bigg, Edelman for Starbucks Coffee Company, (416) 979-1120 ext. 352, james.bigg@edelman.com

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