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New South Carolina Starbucks Plant Gets LEED Silver Certification for Green Building

Starbucks Coffee Company's newly opened roasting factory in Sandy Run, South Carolina, has received a LEED Silver certification for new construction by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The facility, which supplies coffee to the company's southeastern U.S. stores, employs 100 full-time workers. "During these challenging economic times, I'm proud we are creating jobs by building something special here in South Carolina," says Howard Schultz, Starbucks chair, president, and CEO. "In this business climate, it's more important than ever that we make the right investments in our business, while making sure we do it in ways that support our business, the communities we work in, the environment, and our people." The company says 20 percent of building materials used in the construction of the factory were from recycled materials and more than 75 percent of construction waste was recycled. The facility uses efficient, state-of-the-art lighting and water fixtures and a drought-tolerant landscaping plan, and a portion of the power used for operations will be supplied by wind energy.

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