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Starbucks certifies more than 6,000 globally for Greener Store initiative

The coffee giant aims to certify 10,000 by 2025.

Starbucks has certified 6,091 Greener Stores, nearing its target of 10,000 Greener Stores by 2025 as part of the brand’s sustainability commitments.

Being certified as a Greener Store means meeting standards across eight environmental impact areas developed in partnership with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and SCS Global Services: water stewardship, energy efficiency, waste diversion, renewable energy, responsible materials, engagement, sites, communities, health, and wellbeing.  

Greener Stores energy and water savings and waste diversion help advance the company’s goal to reduce carbon emissions, water usage and landfill waste by 50% by 2030. 

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Each Greener Store has a combination of sustainable features that help it receive its third-party verification. Some stores have obvious elements like solar panels or water recycling tanks. Others have more subtle features behind the counter like high-efficiency appliances, low-emitting paint and sealants, and energy management systems as well as store practices like composting and food donation.   

The company has Greener Stores in 44 markets with new markets including India, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, Vietnam, Bahrain, Italy, France, Spain, and Costa Rica, including the Hacienda Alsacia Visitor Center café at Starbucks first and only coffee farm.

“Our big vision for the future is for every Starbucks store around the world to be more sustainable. That’s why I’m excited to see the continued growth of Greener Stores globally, driven by the passion of our partners,” said Michael Kobori, Starbucks chief sustainability officer. “Starbucks environmental promise comes to life through our baristas’ daily actions which help define a Greener Store, our innovative shift toward reusable cups, and our partnership with coffee farmers on sustainable growing practices — it’s all part of our commitment to give more than we take from the planet.” 

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