Starbucks Offers Alternative to Daily Commute

A “cup of java to go” has a whole new meaning for employees at Starbucks Support Center, the corporate offices of Starbucks Coffee Company.

Seattle, Washington – July 18, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] Starbucks has added a new 2003 Honda Civic gas/electric Hybrid, one of the first of its kind in the Puget Sound region, to the existing two Flexcar vehicles at its corporate offices. Starbucks has a business membership with Flexcar, a national car-sharing network, which provides individual members with access to a fleet of vehicles located throughout several metropolitan areas. Individual members reserve the vehicles for hourly use with Flexcar covering the cost of the car, gas, parking, insurance and maintenance. Members pay only for the time they use the car. Starbucks employees simply reserve and drive one of the vehicles via Flexcar’s 24/7 phone reservation system for their business needs. Flexcar’s central reservation system manages the use and availability of the vehicles. Flexcar, with operations in Portland, Washington, D.C., the Bay Area and Southern California, tracks overall use, including employee use and hours and miles driven. An active participant in employer transportation programs, Starbucks has a strong commitment to encouraging employees to leave their car at home. However, because many employees need to be “mobile” to conduct daily business, Starbucks offers them the Flexcar service. “The bottom line for us is that we need our employees to be able to take short trips to meetings and for other business purposes,” said Cathy Garrison, program manager, Transportation/Commute Programs for Starbucks. “Flexcar allows us to continue to encourage taking alternate modes of transportation to get to work, without sacrificing our business mobility needs and commitment to contribute positively to the environment.” “The Flexcar program and hybrid offering is a win-win for the environment and Starbucks,” said Ben Packard, director, Environmental Affairs for Starbucks. “We reduce the number of vehicles our (employees) use for commuting and offer environmentally friendly, hassle-free mobility for our (employees.) The Flexcar program is a great example of our quest to minimize our environmental impact across the company.” (Nasdaq:SBUX)
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