Alyssa

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About Alyssa

Alyssa is the Director of Sustainability at Mountain Rose Herbs and an expert social butterfly. When not fluttering between community and non-profit events, she enjoys hiking, gardening, playing with her chickens, and organizing potlucks.

Video: Mountain Rose River Project – Pulling Invasive Ivy

  We lucked out at our most recent Mountain Rose River Project! The sun was shining and the ground was fairly dry, which is a rare occurrence in Oregon this time of year. We rounded up twelve Mountain Rose employees, including co-owner and Vice President, Shawn Donnille, and traveled to a hidden section of the Willamette National Forest. Our mission was to remove invasive English ivy and help protect native plant and aquatic species. Since 2009, Mountain Rose River Project volunteers have returned to the same forested area in an effort to curtail English ivy from a full-on takeover. Shawn went out the day before to identify hotspots, loosely tying bright pink marking tape to tree branches. We started near an unmarked trailhead and worked toward the […]

How We Care for Native Plants

  This June, Mountain Rose River Project volunteers will once again get their hands dirty planting, weeding, and harvesting at the Friends of Buford Park & Mount Pisgah’s Native Plant Nursery. The Friends are a nonprofit organization whose mission is to protect and enhance native ecosystems and compatible recreation in the Mt. Pisgah area, a treasured 4,700 acre natural area bordering metropolitan Eugene, Oregon. Buford Park and the greater Mount Pisgah area are recognized for providing rare floodplain, prairie, and oak habitats. The Friends have advocated for and participated in 1,700 acres of land acquisitions and they are actively restoring 1,300 acres including river channels, floodplain forests, wetlands, rare prairies, and oak savanna habitats.     Since 2003, the Friends have operated the Native Plant Nursery at Buford Park to […]

People and Planet before Profit!

  After our site visit in November, we’re overjoyed to be RE:think certified once again. Businesses achieve RE:think certification by practicing conservation and efficiency actions across five categories: materials and waste management, energy efficiency and conservation, water conservation, water quality, and purchasing. To learn more about how we reduce waste, offset our carbon emissions, develop employee wellness programs, and support our community, view our annual Sustainability Report!    We are humbled by this glowing praise… "Mountain Rose Herbs is the yardstick for how success should be measured, ‘People and planet before profit.’ Your practices are an inspiration to all businesses." – Angie R. Marzano, Director of Business Development & RE:think, BRING Recycling "Zero Waste companies like Mountain Rose Herbs that lead by example are creating a sustainable business network and culture in our […]

Double Your Donation in April!

  Mountain Rose Herbs will double your donation to McKenzie River Trust in April! We will match your donation dollar for dollar up to $5,000 from April 1st through the 30th.   Donate Now or Become a Member!   Online: To give your tax deductible donation now, please click here! Mail: Send a check to the McKenzie River Trust at the address below: McKenzie River Trust 1245 Pearl Street Eugene, OR 97401   McKenzie River Trust is our longstanding non-profit partner working to protect special lands, rivers, and waterways in Western Oregon. They connect landowners and community members to important conservation efforts. The Trust also helps Mountain Rose Herbs employees steward these natural places through multiple volunteer projects as part of our Mountain Rose River Project. We support each other! “The continued support from Mountain Rose Herbs brings us that much closer to our goal of […]

It’s Our 10 Year Anniversary with Carbonfund.org!

  In 2015, we offset 295.5 metric tons of carbon emissions! We couldn’t do it without our friends at Carbonfund.org. This year we’re celebrating our 10 year partnership with Carbonfund.org and they will plant 100 trees in our honor! "Many thanks for Mountain Rose Herbs’ long-term commitment to environmental sustainability, and to your dedication to supporting Carbonfund.org’s mission and projects." – Linda Kelly, Carbonfund.org Foundation, Business Partnership Manager Over the past ten years, Mountain Rose has offset 2208.15 metric tons of greenhouse gases – that’s almost 5 million pounds or the equivalent of carbon sequestered by 1,810 acres of forests in one year. Energy conservation is paramount at Mountain Rose Herbs. Our facility was consulted to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards, we use Energy Star appliances, we invest […]
  • Sowing Seeds of Hope

Sowing Seeds of Hope

  Our hearts are so filled up!  We loved receiving these photos and a sweet thank you for donating tins, oil, herbs, and beeswax to the Seeds of Hope Farm teen internship program:   Dear Mountain Rose Herbs, Thank you for your generous donation to Seeds of Hope Farm’s teen program in Saint Louis, MO. With your help, our teens were able to reconnect to their roots in herbal medicine. Together, we made two salves, several tinctures, and got to know the various herbs growing on our farm. Attached are a handful of photos that document our herbal projects. Thank you again and we look forward to continuing to work closely in the future. Warmly, Deidre        The Community Action Agency of St. Louis County (CAASTLC) developed the Seeds of Hope Farm […]
  • Group of Mountain Rose Herbs Volunteers Observing Salmon

Our Employees Give Back!

  Mountain Rose Herbs’ employees are passionate about protecting the environment and it shows! Last year, 35 employees contributed $4,328 to EarthShare Oregon and their 70+ conservation groups. Since 2011, we have partnered with EarthShare on workplace giving campaigns, making it convenient for Mountain Rose employees to donate to a host of environmental non-profits directly from paycheck deductions or one-time gifts. In workplaces throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington, EarthShare has engaged thousands of people and raised millions of dollars to support Oregon's environmental legacy of clean water, fresh food, sustainable communities, healthy families, and access to nature. In July 2015, we hosted a “Green Bag” presentation from the Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides (NCAP). The Mountain Rose Green Team heard from Kim Leval and Jeremy Olsen with NCAP. […]
  • New Sustainability Report!

New Sustainability Report!

  We are pleased to present our 2014 Sustainability Report! This is our third annual report created to measure and monitor our sustainability metrics. We’re accomplishing great things! We are especially proud of being a Zero Waste company and diverting 93.6% of our waste – which is unprecedented for a company of our size. In addition, we offset 366 tons of CO2 emissions, collected 550 lbs of donations during the annual employee-led Food and Clothing Drive, founded the Mountain Rose Green Team, and won 2nd place in Eugene’s Business Commute Challenge!  Thank you for taking the time to review our progress. We continue to innovate and improve our sustainability practices, in large part because our customers inspire us and support our mission.   Read the full report here:  2014 Sustainability Report     Sustainability […]

Membership Drive: Win a $1,000 Gift Certificate!

  Want to win a $1,000 gift certificate from Mountain Rose Herbs while protecting wolves, salmon, rushing rivers, and old-growth forests? Here’s your chance! We are excited to announce our first annual Mountain Rose Herbs’ Nonprofit Membership Drive. An important part of our mission is to support organizations that work tirelessly to defend our wild splendor. This year, we're spreading the word by highlighting three membership-based nonprofits and hope that you'll feel inspired to join us. Plus, you could be a winner in more ways than one…   Enter to win $1,000 worth of organic herbal goodness!   How to Enter: Step 1: Choose one of the non-profits that speaks to you and make a donation at the minimum membership level. The organizations to choose from during this year's annual membership drive include Oregon Wild, Beyond […]
  • Giving Thanks and Celebrating the Symbiotic Relationship

Celebrating the Symbiotic Relationship

By Jeremy Olsen, and staff at The Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides Working with organic farmers is a lot like working with biologists–at least in one critical way–they all understand mutual symbiosis.  Have you ever considered the relevance and significance of working in collaboration with those that have a mutual appreciation or benefit from your partnership? If you work with nature, you likely have. It’s a valuable consideration and one that, for me, invokes good feelings and much gratitude. The Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides (NCAP) is almost 40 years old and we work to educate farmers about the reduction of pesticides as well as the science and training on important alternatives that will lead to healthier communities everywhere. We now do this across three program areas, […]
  • We Will Double Your Donation to Cascadia Wildlands!

We Will Double Your Donation to Cascadia Wildlands!

  Donate to Cascadia Wildlands in November and Mountain Rose Herbs will double your donation up to $5,000! Help us protect the Elliot State Forest and keep it in public hands. This fall, the State Land Board decided to dispose of trustlands that make up 90% of the Elliot State Forest. If sold to a corporate firm and liquidated, it would have horrific environmental consequences. Cascadia Wildlands and other environmental groups are seeking to formulate a proposal where the forest could be sold to a public entity or trust that places a high priority on the environment, such as its value for carbon sequestration.     The majestic old-growth rainforests in the Elliott store more carbon per acre than any other ecosystem in the world, thereby mitigating climate change at no […]
  • Mountain Rose Herbs is solar powered!

Mountain Rose is Now Solar-Powered!

  Mountain Rose Herbs has gone solar! In October, we installed 100 photovoltaic solar panels to generate electricity for our main facility in Eugene, Oregon. The 25 kWh solar array installed on the roof will produce an estimated 32,604 kWh of power in the first year, saving money and investing in renewable energy. And for our employees…we installed a two car electric vehicle charging station! Over the expected 35 year lifespan of the system, it is anticipated to offset 470 tons of CO2, which is equivalent to the conservation of 10,980 trees or 48,170 gallons of gasoline.     "This is a very exciting time at Mountain Rose Herbs as we enter the world of renewable energy. For a couple of years, we’ve been planning to replace the roof and install […]