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 do you commute to work?

Here at Mountain Rose Herbs, we want to minimize our carbon footprint. One way we do this is through our Alternative Commute Program. We encourage employees to stay healthy and reduce CO2 emissions by not traveling to work in single occupancy vehicles. Once again, we participated in Eugene’s  Business Commute Challenge (BCC) and broke personal records! We competed against like-size companies, University of Oregon departments, City of Eugene offices, and nonprofits to see who could log the most miles walking, biking, busing, or carpooling to work. Mountain Rose Herbs came in fifth place out of 50 teams in our category and overall participation increased compared to last year! Fifty-one MRH employees logged 145 round-trips, compared to 47 employees who logged 133 trips in 2015. If you like […]
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Our Organic Farms in Oregon

  It's Organically Grown in Oregon Week! Mountain Rose Herbs carries many certified organic herbs, and we’re proud to be a part of Oregon's thriving organic industry! Help us celebrate the 28th Annual Organically Grown in Oregon Week (September 11-17, 2016), a tradition that began in 1988 as a means for acknowledging Oregon's organic industry and leaders of the organic movement.   We are proud to offer local, organic products from our home state.     A few products brought to you from our organic farmers in Oregon… Blessed Thistle Nettle Root Oatstraw  Peppermint Plantain Leaf Spearmint We also offer certified organic herb garden seeds from Horizon Herbs based in Oregon!     This is a call to action both for Oregonians and anyone who sees the value of supporting organic farms and producers.   What you can do: Shop organic at your local farmers market Buy […]

2015 Sustainability Report!

  We are excited to share our Mountain Rose Herbs’ 2015 Sustainability Report with you! People, plants, and planet before profit is at the heart of everything we do. Our core values of environmental stewardship, fair trade practices, zero waste production and community support steer the decisions we make. Thanks to our customers, vendors, and employees, we hold true those principles by monitoring and reporting on our greenhouse gas emissions, water usage, employee programs, charitable giving, and other key indicators. We appreciate your continued support and engagement guiding us to affect positive change!   2015 Highlights & Accomplishments Diverted 96.2% of company waste! Offset 295.5 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions through Installed a 25 kWh solar array at main facility Collected 597 lbs of food and 304 lbs of clothing […]

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!

  In 2015, we offset 295.5 metric tons of carbon emissions! We couldn’t do it without our friends at This year we’re celebrating our 10 year partnership with 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’s mission and projects." – Linda Kelly, 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 […]
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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 […]
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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. […]
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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 […]