Starbucks unveils plan for eco-friendly units

SEATTLE Even as Starbucks continues to close underperfoming stores, the coffeehouse giant is planning the growth of a prototype that is green and local.

The 16,000-unit chain on Thursday announced a new global store design strategy that will emphasize the use of local craftsmen and reused and recycled materials. In addition, Starbucks plans to achieve LEED certification — a designation recognizing environmentally friendly building and design — for all new company

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