Starbucks has always prided itself on free trade coffee and green initiatives, so it comes as no surprise that they have opted to make all of their locations LEED certified. In conjunction with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), Starbucks has installed energy-saving LED lighting and other green construction products to reduce their carbon footprint, according to JustMeans.com.
LEED certification is a highly-sought after distinction bestowed by the USGBC that encourages and accelerates global adoption of sustainable green building and development practices through a suite of rating systems that recognize projects that implement strategies for better environmental and health performance, according to the USGBC website.
Starbucks has been ahead of the curve when it comes to sustainable lighting, launching an LED lighting conversion in 2008. They replaced their incandescent and halogen light fixtures with LED lighting, which will help the company achieve its goal of a 25 percent cut in its energy consumption.
According to CreeLEDRevolution.com, the U.S. Department of Energy estimates that worldwide adoption of LED lighting by 2025 will reduce electricity demands from lighting by 62 percent and eliminate 258 million metric tons of carbon emissions.