Starbucks' new Spring and Crosby location is part of an experimental batch of 12 stores around the world, testing the feasibility of Starbucks' recent initiative to have all new global locations LEED-certified by the end of the year.

Recently, we were invited to the opening of the newly renovated Starbucks store located at Spring and Crosby Streets, just a few blocks from PSFK's New York offices in SoHo.

The coffeehouse has been a popular and frequented location for the past 15 years among tourists and neighborhood folk alike, but has recently undergone a vast rehab to showcase a locally and sustainably sourced design and functionality. Why?

The Spring and Crosby location is part of an experimental batch of 12 stores around the world, testing the feasibility of Starbucks' recent initiative to have all new global locations LEED-certified by the end of the year. Each store is located in a different “bio-region” of the world–Kyoto, Japan; Lisbon, Portugal; Toronto, Canada; and Seattle among them–to test the varying shifts in energy use and locally sourced materials

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