Starbucks brewing up sustainability at Yosemite
Photo courtesy of Starbucks
Coffee giant Starbucks has opened its first coffee shop inside a U.S. national park in the nation’s most popular park.
The sign-less shop is inside the recently remodeled Yosemite Valley Lodge (now known as Base Camp Eatery) within Yosemite National Park, reports Adventure Sports Network.
Starbucks’ Yosemite location has achieved LEED certification, which marks the first retail location within Yosemite National Park to do so. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the world's most widely used green building rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
The store looks and feels like other 27,000 Starbucks locations that have opened around the world. The green apron-clad barista makes tall, grande and venti coffee concoctions that are handed over in familiar mermaid-endowed cups.
But from the parking lot outside – where there is an intentional lack of Starbucks signage - the world-famous Yosemite falls can be heard through the patter of an early spring rainstorm.
The Starbucks is part of a major remodel inside the 128-year-old Yosemite national park.
As part of its sustainability efforts, Starbucks also plans to develop a recyclable cup. The single-use cups Starbucks is infamous for are not recyclable since they contain a layer of plastic.