San Francisco passes mandatory food composting law
San Francisco San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom has signed legislation that will require both city residents and businesses, including restaurants, to compost food scraps, beginning this fall.
Believed to the first mandatory composting law in the nation, the legislation is part of the city’s broader plan to divert 75% of resources from landfills by 2010 and to achieve zero waste by 2020.
Under the new rules, businesses and residents will face fines ranging from $100 to $500 if they don’t separate their garbage into recyclables, compostables and trash in designated containers.
The new law makes San Francisco a leader yet again in environmentally friendly measures, following up on other green initiatives such as banning plastic bags at supermarkets.
Starbucks launches new green store design strategy
New York City Coffee chain Starbucks Coffee Corp. on Thursday announced a new global design strategy that seeks to reinvigorate its in-store experience. New store designs will reflect the character of each store’s surrounding neighborhood while helping to reduce its environmental impact. The company will source materials and employ craftsmen on a localized basis, and will incorporate reused and recycled elements where possible.
Starbucks said it will use the design strategy in stores as they are built and renovated. The company said it hopes to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification on all new Starbucks-operated stores starting in 2010.
While new store designs will reflect the character of the community, they will share several core characteristics, including an emphasis on enhanced energy efficiency, sourcing materials and employing craftsmen on a localized basis, and incorporating reused and recycled elements where possible. Other common elements include a focus on storytelling and customer engagement through all five senses.
“Ultimately, we hope customers will feel an enhanced sense of community, a deeper connection to our coffee heritage and a greater level of commitment to environmental consciousness,” said Arthur Rubinfeld, president, Starbucks Global Development.
Starbucks said the new design is on display in two stores in Seattle. Both locations are registered to be LEED certified.
Cub Foods awarded LEED Gold
Stillwater, Fla. Cub Foods and its parent company, Supervalu, announced Monday that Cub has become the first grocer in Minnesota to be awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold certification for one of its stores.
The Cub store, located in St. Paul, is one of just three supermarkets in the nation to successfully achieve LEED Gold Certification, which is the second highest certification that can be achieved in the LEED program.
Among the green features that helped the chain achieve certification were:
- Forty four skylights that illuminate 75% of regularly occupied spaces using a solar-powered GPS system that tracks and redirects sunlight as needed;
- The first commercial parking lot in Minnesota to be illuminated using just LED lights that only need to be replaced every 40 years and provide 50% energy savings;
- Half of the waste from buildings torn down on the construction site reused in the construction of the new building or recycled
- Thirty-five percent savings in lighting costs compared with typical Cub stores;
- Amaintenance-free floor eliminating the need for chemicals during the cleaning process; and
- Alandscape irrigation system that uses 50% less water than typical systems.
“Cub Foods submitted 41 points to the USGBC for LEED Gold consideration,” said Scott Reinke, senior project manager, Supervalu. “To have all 41 points approved is exceptional in the industry of green building development.”