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Greener Stores for Practitioners ASU

Deepen your knowledge about leadership in sustainability in the retail built environment as a store manager, architect, designer or sustainability practitioner.

About This Course

The purpose of this course is to introduce sustainability with a focus on the built environment - through the lens of practitioners. A practitioner refers to any member of an organization tasked with effecting change around sustainability initiatives in retail spaces and other built environments.

You will learn about the 8 dimensions of the Global Greener Stores Framework, and strategies for doing the work while meeting the Triple Bottom Line of People, Planet, and Profit.

Course Authors

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Starbucks Global Store Development Sustainability (GSDS)
Starbucks Coffee Company

The Starbucks Global Store Development Sustainability (GSDS) team is a group of individuals with backgrounds in business, design, construction, public policy, and operations, all of whom have a passion for sustainability. The GSDS team supports Starbucks global efforts in developing design, construction, and operational best practices to build and maintain Greener Stores around the world. Located at the Starbucks Support Center (SSC) in Seattle, Washington, USA, the team works to advance Starbucks resource positive aspiration and program initiatives in all of the communities in which we operate. GSDS has collaborated with ASU to build the Greener Stores Practitioner course to empower all who design, build, and operate stores around the world to make sustainable choices both at work and in everyday life.

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Arizona State University
Global Futures Laboratory and ASU-Starbucks Center for the Future of People and the Planet

The Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory at Arizona State University represents the urgent belief that we can and must make a meaningful contribution to ensuring a habitable planet and a future in which well-being is attainable. The Global Futures Laboratory provides key engagement spaces for scientists, educators, and leaders across ASU and around the world to address critical issues related to the future of planet Earth. Rather than solving problems after they arise, we seek to design a future in which humanity not only survives, but thrives.

To that end, The ASU-Starbucks Center for the Future of People and the Planet works to positively transform Earth’s systems. Specifically, the Center for the Future will advance Starbucks transformative agenda by leveraging ASU’s applied research, networks, expert faculty, and innovation through our shared aspirational commitment to the betterment of people, the planet, and our global communities.

Content Contributors

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World Wildlife Fund (WWF)

As the world’s leading conservation organization, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) works in nearly 100 countries to tackle the most pressing issues at the intersection of nature, people, and climate. We collaborate with local communities to conserve the natural resources we all depend on and build a future in which people and nature thrive. Together with partners at all levels, we transform markets and policies toward sustainability, tackle the threats driving the climate crisis, and protect and restore wildlife and their habitats. Learn more about WWF here.

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Clean Energy Buyers Association (CEBA)

The Clean Energy Buyers Association (CEBA), a business trade group, activates a community of energy customers and partners to deploy market and policy solutions for a carbon-free energy system. The CEBA community’s aspiration is to achieve a 90% carbon-free U.S. electricity system by 2030 and to cultivate a global community of energy customers driving clean energy. Learn more about CEBA here.