Environmental Protection & Preservation
Caribou Coffee Makes a Commitment to Energy Efficiency
Caribou Coffee, the second-largest company-owned gourmet coffeehouse operator
based in the US, has made a commitment to energy efficiency by mandating
compact fluorescent lamps in its lighting design specifications for
corporate-owned locations. The initiative is expected to save each coffeehouse
up to 70% in lighting costs.
Caribou Coffee's enhanced lighting design is aligned with its commitment to
social responsibility and environmental sustainability. With its mission to
"provide a total experience that makes the day better," Caribou Coffee modified
its lighting design requirements to make its customers feel more comfortable and
relaxed while they enjoy a freshly roasted cup of coffee.
"Switching the old halogen light bulbs in Caribou coffeehouses to
energy-efficient light bulbs will reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Along with
our support of sustaining coffee production with Rainforest Alliance Certified
Farms and our Fair Trade and organic certified coffees, this is yet another
important step Caribou Coffee is taking in our quest to be mindful and
sustainable in our business practices," said Mike Tattersfield, CEO and
President of Caribou Coffee
Caribou Coffee made the switch from 50-watt PAR30 halogen light bulbs to 15-watt
PAR30 Spiral-PAR compact fluorescent light bulbs from Litetronics International,
Inc. "The Litetronics lamps were one of several tested and were selected based
on aesthetics, lifespan, efficiency, and cost," said Jeff Johnson, construction
manager for Caribou Coffee. The Spiral-PAR bulbs maximize energy efficiency
without sacrificing each coffeehouse`s unique atmosphere.
"We're pleased that Caribou Coffee has selected Litetronics Spiral-PAR light
bulbs for their corporate-owned locations. Like Caribou, Litetronics is
committed to protecting the environment for future generations. We want to help
restaurants achieve greater energy efficiency without sacrificing their
exceptional customer experience." said Robert Sorensen, CEO of Litetronics
By reducing energy consumption by 35 watts per socket with Spiral-PAR
fluorescent bulbs, it's estimated that each coffeehouse will save up to 70% in
lighting costs compared to the halogen bulbs used previously.
More than half of the Caribou Coffee corporate locations have already made the
switch to energy efficient lighting. The company plans to transition the rest of
its coffeehouses to Spiral-PAR lamps by the end of this year.
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