Forget the red cups. Starbucks has gone green.
The coffee giant just opened the 700th LEED-certified location worldwide. Officially, that the most of any company on Earth. Additionally, this number will nearly double by the end of 2016, when it reaches 1,200 certified stores.
The milestone is accompanied by news of LEED Platinum certification, the highest available, for the chain’s big Seattle roastery/tasting room that opened last year, in hopes of winning back geeks by producing a “hip” coffee fantasyland where the furniture is solid wood, the “coffee masters” wear artisan aprons, and the siphons come LED-equipped.