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

Ben: We actually started this conversation and joined the USGBC in the year 2000. Basically, LEED was designed with office buildings in mind. So the application of LEED to retail wasn't an easy one. We chaired the retail development committee and helped the USGBC create LEED for retail, and now we are taking it to scale not only by applying it as Arthur said on leased spaces by using the [LEED] Commercial Interiors and the [LEED for] New Construction, but also then applying it across the portfolio. No other company is taking it to scale like we are by applying it in all those stores.

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