From: Roger Greenway, ENN
Published May 17, 2010 02:05 PM

Starbucks gets Greener

With more than 16,000 retail locations around the world, Starbucks continues to innovate and evolve the customer experience with a new store design approach inspired by Starbucksâ„¢ Shared Planetâ„¢, their commitment to ethical sourcing, environmental stewardship and community involvement. With each new or renovated store, Starbucks strives to reflect the character of the surrounding neighborhood, allowing customers to feel at home when visiting "their" store and giving them opportunities for discovery at our other locations around the world.

For the last 15 years, the Starbucks coffeehouse at 72 Spring Street in New York City has been a gathering place for local patrons and international visitors alike. The renovated location draws upon the area’s commercial and retail history as well as its vibrant arts and cultural renaissance over the past several decades. The Spring Street store blends the aesthetics of a turn-of-the-century dry goods warehouse with the original iconic mercantile-inspired Starbucks location at the Pike Place Market in Seattle.

The renovation showcases locally sourced materials as well as reused and recycled elements, from the artwork to the wood flooring. In addition, this store is registered for LEED® certification as part of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Volume Certification pilot program. The store showcases the new Clover brewing system, a single – cup brewer that produces some of the freshest, flavor rich brewed coffee available anywhere.


Throughout the store are plaques that identify and explain specific green design and construction elements. These markers not only inform customers about Starbucks focus on sustainability, but may also motivate them to make environmentally responsible choices in their homes and workplaces.

Reused, Recycled and Locally Sourced Elements:

  • The countertops, bar cladding, column cladding, chair rail and base are made of repurposed white oak recovered from several barns in Somerset, Pennsylvania
  • The community table is also made of repurposed wood from Somerset, Pennsylvania
  • The flooring is made from reclaimed wood
  • The bar casework, wood seat roundabouts, and metal stools were manufactured locally
  • The magnetic community board is made of metal panels repurposed from retired espresso machines
  • The wallpaper next to the Clover® bar area is made of reused burlap coffee sacks from Starbucks roasting plants
  • Custom artwork by local artist Peter Tunney integrates Starbucks existing marketing collateral into the canvases

Water & Energy Conservation:

  • LED and CFL bulbs reduce energy use
  • Dual-flush toilets and low-flow faucets significantly reduce water use
  • The hand dryers are energy efficient and reduce paper towel consumption

Waste Reduction:

  • Waste generated during construction was diverted from landfills
  • The previous flooring was salvaged to be used in another store
  • By using one of Starbucks "for-here" mugs or bringing in their own, customers can help reduce waste

Store Environment:

  • All paint, finishes, adhesives and subfloor were carefully selected to improve the indoor air quality
  • Paints used in the store are low volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and water-based

Photo by R. Greenway, ENN

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