Gallery: INTERVIEW: Arthur Rubinfeld & Ben Packard of Starbucks Discuss...

INHABITAT: How does building to LEED standards affect the bottom line of Starbucks and the bottom line of the stores built?

Arthur: I think it takes a great amount of leadership and consistency of delivering the message and driving it and driving it and driving it. A lot of people think immediately, "Oh, that costs much, much more." In the beginning, we could never quantify the return on the investment, but we had a good feeling that the return on investment would occur over the lease length. We generally rent spaces up to ten years with options. What we've been finding over the few years is, saving in energy in addition to what we're doing in water savings and attention to detail for energy conservation is actually giving us the returns that we had hoped for.

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