Starbucks has announced its Starbucks Greener Stores framework, a commitment to design, build and operate 10,000 greener stores globally by 2025. “Simply put, sustainable coffee, served sustainably is our aspiration,” says 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 Starbucks Greener Stores initiative will focus on energy efficiency and water stewardship, renewable energy, creating a healthy environment, using responsible materials, water diversion and community engagement. The framework will be built upon performance criteria that helps ensure the company’s stores set 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 United States and Canada against the framework criteria. Announced on-stage at The Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, Starbucks Greener Stores is anticipated to save the company US$50 million in utilities over the next 10 years. The framework will be co-developed by leading experts, including the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), and will be audited and verified by Scientific Certification Systems Global Services. “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,” says Erin Simon, Director of R&D at WWF US. Starbucks has been developing and implementing scalable green building and operations for more than a decade. In 2001, Starbucks joined with the US Green Building Council to develop the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Retail program, and in 2005, Starbucks opened its first LEED-certified store. Starbucks now operates more than 1500 LEED-certified stores globally across 20 countries.