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

INHABITAT: How many LEED certified stores do you have so far?

Arthur: Getting the certification takes time, but I would say we have well over 200 at this time. To be clear, every company owned store from the moment the site is selected is looked through a lens to be designed and built with sustainable methodology in order to obtain the level of LEED certification. We try to shoot for the highest levels, but depending on the country and where we are at, there are nuances. We don't control the entire process because we're leasing space, this is a big point of differentiation. It isn't like we are building from scratch. We are actually leasing space in another location, a certain biosphere that is under the control of a landlord. The beauty of it is we're educating landlords and real estate people worldwide in what leading energy and environmental design initiatives could be.

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