Coffeehouse observation No. 252 – Greening coffee from field to coffeehouses

[I was scanning the job postings hosted by www.treehugger.com when I spotted several blog postings about greening coffee production and coffeehouses. Here are links to those posts. – KM]

Green Suggestions for coffee shops | www.treehugger.com

How to go green: Coffee and tea | planetgreen.com

Birch Coffee: A sustainable community hangout | www.treehugger.com

Growing oyster mushrooms in coffee grounds | www.treehugger.com

Starbucks shareholders reject recycling initiative | www.treehugger.com

Interview: Tony Gale, corporate architect at Starbucks | www.treehugger.com

Green mood lighting for Starbucks! Switching 8,000 Stores to LEDs | www.treehugger.com

Starbucks’ farmers discuss the impact of fair trade | www.treehugger.com

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How Starbucks saves millions per year in energy from LED lighting | GreenBiz.com blog

How Starbucks saves millions per year in energy from LED lighting | GreenBiz.com blog

Starbucks recently finished replacing nearly all of its incandescent and halogen lighting with LEDs during a two-year roll-out to over 7,000 company-owned stores, most in the United States and Canada, but with some in Europe and Asia. This is the largest deployment yet of LED technology in an application that is very sensitive to the quality of light; Starbucks’ success proves that the new digital lighting is ready for mass install.

Jim Hanna, Director of Environmental Impact for Starbucks confirmed that the LED lighting program is on target to slash consumption by more than 80 percent compared to existing lighting. My back-of-the envelope calculations [see notes below] found that

• Each LED light bulb saves approximately $30 annually in energy costs and eliminates the equivalent CO2 as half a barrel of oil;

• Each 1,000 square foot store on average would save nearly $600 annually and eliminate the equivalent CO2 as 10 barrels of oil

To capture these impressive benefits, for both the bottom-line and the environment, it took more than replacing a light bulb. When Starbucks was examining which energy efficiency projects to deploy in its stores, lighting was an obvious choice, since retailers consume a large amount of energy on lighting to provide ambiance and to showcase products.

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