L.A.’s Coffee Bean chain turns over a new leaf to gain certified green status

L.A.’s Coffee Bean chain turns over a new leaf to gain certified green status

There was a time when it seemed “going green” was a luxury only independent restaurant operators could enjoy. Taking meaningful steps to save energy and water and reduce waste didn’t appear to make good business sense at the chain level.

Enter Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, the 500-unit Los Angeles-based coffeehouse chain, which recently became the largest multiunit national chain to become a Certified Green Restaurant by the Green Restaurant Association, or GRA.

The nonprofit associati

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