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.
  • How We Reduce Our Carbon Footprint

How We Reduce Our Carbon Footprint!

We are dedicated to Carbonfund’s mission to reduce what you can, offset what you can’t. Every year we calculate our estimated carbon emissions from business operations including: electricity use, natural gas use, and company travel. For 2014, we offset 366 metric tons of carbon emissions! So how can you reduce your carbon footprint? Carbonfund.org can help! Mountain Rose Herbs’ primary facility was constructed with LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards and relies heavily on natural lighting. Energy demand was further reduced by making a complete lighting upgrade to energy-efficient bulbs in our principal facilities and installing Energy-Star rated heating and cooling systems.  In addition, Mountain Rose Herbs upgraded all of our computers to those with Gold Star ratings for energy conservation, minimal shipment packaging, and elimination of environmentally harmful materials, as […]
  • Double Your Donation: Save Chinook Salmon

Double Your Donation to Protect Wild Fish!

  For the month of August, Mountain Rose Herbs will double your donation dollar-for-dollar up to $5000! Pete Frost, an attorney at the Western Environmental Law Center, shared his thoughts about one topic close to his heart: As you may know, most wild salmon and steelhead trout runs in the West are dwindling. The size of many runs is now less than 10% of historical numbers, and hatchery fish—not wild fish—make up most of these runs. If the native wild salmon and steelhead trout runs in our home region are to survive, immediate action is required. The nonprofit I work for, the Western Environmental Law Center, uses a powerful tool to fight for wild salmon and steelhead—the law. Our legal team is in court day after day challenging reckless […]
  • Mountain Rose Volunteers

How We Give Back to the Land

    It’s such a treat when our employees have the opportunity to travel off campus and see first-hand the projects and organizations that Mountain Rose Herbs supports. Plus, when we volunteer on the land, we get to put our hands in the dirt – and on this occasion, wade in the water! In early June, the friendly and knowledgeable staff at the McKenzie River Trust invited us to Green Island, which is their largest protected property. The 1,100 acre tract is located at the confluence of the McKenzie and Willamette Rivers. Restoring the floodplain forest is crucial to enhancing habitat on the property for native wildlife. So we piled in two cars and struck out early to participate in another Mountain Rose River Project.   This year we partnered with […]
  • Photo of bee on flower

How to Celebrate National Pollinator Week!

  Native pollinators are essential for ecosystem balance and ultimately for our survival. More than the food that feeds us, bees and other pollinators help 85% of plants reproduce and grow the next generation of trees, flowers, and plants. It is sobering to consider a world devoid of nuts, seeds, and fruit that feed all life, from blue jays to bears. Two-thirds of the food crops people eat every day require bees and other pollinators to produce a crop. These bees also ensure that home gardeners can produce fruits and vegetables to feed their families and grow flowers to enjoy. By purchasing our deliciously floral Pollinator Tea, you’re supporting pollinator recovery! Mountain Rose Herbs will donate 5% of the annual sales from this special blend to Beyond Toxics and their campaign […]
  • Cyclist from the Fashion Show Poses With Bike

We took the Commute Challenge!

  In an effort to reduce Co2 emissions and elevate healthy living through movement, Mountain Rose Herbs employees participated in the Business Commute Challenge again this year! For the week of May 9 – 15, we competed against like-sized companies, University of Oregon departments, City of Eugene offices, and non-profits to see who could log the most miles walking, biking, bussing, or carpooling to work. Last year we came in 2nd but we had stiff competition this year. Mountain Rose Herbs came in 4th place out of 41 teams in our category! We had 47 employees participate and logged 133 trips. 7 employees won raffle prizes from our friends at the BCC including a complete bike tune up, $20 gift certificate to Oakshire Brewing, and $10 gift certificates […]
  • Recycling signs and recycling examples hang in the break room at Mountain Rose Herbs

Creative Recycling Solutions!

  When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.  -John Muir As a zero-waste company, Mountain Rose Herbs is committed to taking responsibility for the waste generated within our business. We make it a priority to reduce first, then reuse and recycling everything we possibly can. While some packaging used to keep products safe and fresh is unavoidable, our tireless Facilities crew and our 3 Master Recyclers on staff come up with creative ways to repurpose every scrap of discarded material everywhere in our facility. In large part, we’re able to accomplish zero-waste diversion rates because we partner with local reclamation non-profits and businesses, keeping reusable materials out of the landfill and supporting our local economy.     Here […]
  • Group of Mountain Rose Herbs Volunteers Observing Salmon

Salmon Adventures at the River Clean-Up!

  We recently ventured outdoors for another Mountain Rose River Project! Nothing makes us happier than spending the day in the sunshine collecting trash from a section of riverbank that Mountain Rose Herbs adopted in 2012. And we had a surprise visitor who put the cherry on top! Shawn Donnille, co-owner and Vice President, shares his thoughts about the day: At midday we stopped for lunch on the banks of the scenic North Fork of the Middle Fork Willamette River. As we approached the sandy riverbank, we saw a massive steel structure shaped like a cylindrical cup turned on its side and buoyed in the water by cables. Attached was a turbine spinning and making a whining noise. I am familiar with the odd machines used by the […]

Help Us Support The McKenzie River Trust!

  “Mountain Rose Herbs values the health of the lands and rivers that surround our shared community. Year after year, we know we can rely on Mountain Rose Herbs to invest in our local land conservation work because the people behind Mountain Rose truly care.” -Brandi Ferguson, Donor Relations Manager, McKenzie River Trust For the month of April, Mountain Rose Herbs is sponsoring a $5000 matching gift challenge for our friends at the McKenzie River Trust. This means, we will match your donation to this important non-profit organization dollar-for-dollar! McKenzie River Trust is a local nonprofit partner working to protect special lands, rivers and waterways in Western Oregon by connecting landowners and community members with conservation efforts. The Trust helps connect Mountain Rose Herbs employees to these natural […]
  • Mountain Rose Staff Planting Native Trees at West Eugene Facility

Plant a Tree and Watch it Grow!

  Last month we got our hands dirty outside the Mountain Rose Herbs’ facility in Eugene! We planted 19 native tree species including Valley Ponderosa Pine, White Alder, and California Black Oak around the retention pond which filters 100% of stormwater runoff on site. As the trees take root and canopies grow, they serve to sequester carbon, expand the riparian area, create habitat for numerous species, and provide shade for employees relaxing or eating lunch outside.     A crew of Mountain Rose folks from customer service, herb production, shipping, and members of the company’s GreenTeam came out to lend a hand and soak up some unusual February sun! This is one of 6 restoration projects we have planned this year through the Mountain Rose River Project. Employees […]

Update: How Can We Protect Osha Root?

  Take only what you need and leave the land as you found it. – Arapaho proverb Mountain Rose Herbs is honored to partner with the American Herbal Products Association’s Foundation for Education and Research on Botanicals, also known as AHPA-ERB. In collaboration with the Missouri Botanical Garden and the Rio Grande National Forest Service, they are raising funds to continue a study that will help determine the range, availability, and recovery rate of Osha (Ligusticum porteri) after harvesting from the wild.    During the month of February, Mountain Rose Herbs will match your donation dollar-for-dollar up to $2,000 to fund this study!   Donate Online! An update about the Osha Sustainability Study from our friends at AHPA: Data from the Cumbres Pass area in the Rio Grande National Forest in southern Colorado shows that changes […]
  • DIY Herbal Fermentation Projects

Having Herbal Fun with Fermentation!

  What do cheese, beer, sauerkraut, bread, and yogurt have in common? They all undergo the magical, metabolic process of fermentation of course! This ancient method of preserving food converts sugars to acids, gasses, and/or alcohol. In the most basic of ways, fermentation breaks down foods into the most digestible form and encourages the growth of good bacteria. And if done well, they taste fantastic!     Earlier this month we attended the 6th Annual Fun with Fermentation festival, put on by the non-profit organization, Willamette Valley Sustainable Foods Alliance (WVSFA). More than 650 fermentation enthusiasts attended the fundraiser to learn about the health benefits of fermented foods and sample food and drink supplied by local businesses. Sharing information and introducing people to fermented goodies in our community warms […]
  • Mountain Rose Herbs 2013 Sustainability Report

Our New Sustainability Report is Here!

  Introducing our Sustainability Report for 2013! Mountain Rose Herbs operates in line with Margaret Mead’s celebrated words, “A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” We know that business practices impact the world. It is so important for everyone to do their part to support organic agriculture, reduce carbon emissions, protect the natural world, and speak for those who cannot speak for themselves. This is our mission as a company year after year. We hope you enjoy perusing our report which examines key sustainability indicators and guides us to affect positive change! View our 2013 Sustainability Report!