TORONTO — Members of the Toronto community and other guests gathered at Starbucks to mark the grand opening of their first-ever Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified store in Canada, according to a press release.
The new store format and design is part of Starbucks'' Shared Planet initiative. Starbucks'' Shared Planet 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, the release stated.
"We are truly excited to have opened the first Canadian store in Starbucks'' global LEED pilot project," said Robert Luciano, Starbucks'' 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," Luciano added.
According to the release, if the pilot is successful, Starbucks aims to achieve LEED certification for all new company-owned stores worldwide by late 2010.
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