Our Giving Community
Starbucks: Coffee with a Conscience
JOHN RODENHAUSEN/CBF STAFF
Seattle-based Starbucks Coffee Company isn’t all about coffee. They have rightfully earned
a reputation for being socially conscious,
responsible corporate leaders; giving back to
the local communities; protecting the environment; and inspiring stewardship in others.
Members of Starbucks’ management team, CBF Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations
Pam Wilson (far left), and CBF Oyster Corps Outreach Coordinator Meghan Hoffman (next to Pam)
gather planted oysters near Annapolis. These oysters eventually made their way to a restoration
reef on the Severn River, improving water quality and clarity and providing marine habitat.
Starbucks has livied up to this reputation
over the last four years, lending valuable
support to CBF’s Bay restoration and environmental education efforts and donating
significant funds to fortify CBF’s Student
Starbucks also encourages their employees to
participate in community service events.
Since 2007, hundreds of Starbucks employees have volunteered their time to help clean
up the Bay, contributing countless hours to
oyster restoration and the planting of trees
along local creeks.
announced that all new, company-owned,
locations (including the Severna Park store)
would be built to achieve Leadership in Energy
and Environmental Design (LEED) certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.
Severna Park, Maryland, store manager Marc
Tippin explains the company’s support: “We
believe strongly that one of the most impor-
tant ways for communities to come alive is
through youth involvement. That’s why we
are proud to support the Chesapeake Bay
Foundation’s Student Leadership Program—
an innovative and valuable effort that
improves students’ confidence and helps
them make choices that have a positive
impact on the Chesapeake Bay watershed.”
“Starbucks’ commitment to the Chesapeake
Bay and our community is clear. They are
truly taking a holistic approach to advocat-
ing for the Bay that can serve as a model for
other companies that want to raise the bar
for environmental stewardship,” says Pam
Wilson, CBF’s Director of Corporate and
Offering so much more than a good cup of Joe,
Starbucks is clearly blazing the trail for responsible corporate behavior. CBF, the Chesapeake
Bay, and our communities are clearly reaping
the benefits of their good work.
Last May, Starbucks further emphasized its
support of the Bay, with the opening of a new
Chesapeake Bay-themed store right in CBF’s
backyard. The first of its kind in the country,
the store highlights CBF’s partnership with the
company featuring a 14-foot image wall with
CBF membership and volunteer information,
two full-size oyster reef balls in the exterior
landscape, and an oyster shell recovery center.
In line with the company’s focus on green
building initiatives, Starbucks recently