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.
  • 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 […]

Shawn Donnille wins the Rachel Carson Award!

  Woo hoo! What an honor! Shawn Donnille, vice-president and co-owner of Mountain Rose Herbs, received a Rachel Carson Award for Healthy Wildlife & Water from the Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides (NCAP). Our hardworking friends at NCAP hosted the Healthy Harvest Celebration in Eugene, Oregon in early October where they presented the Rachel Carson Awards. We enjoyed an organic, locally-sourced, vegetarian meal while grooving to jazz tunes from local musicians, and celebrating our community commitment to sustainability. NCAP says, “Shawn exemplifies outstanding leadership qualities in the organic industry. He led Mountain Rose Herbs in eradicating conventionally-grown products from its product line and going entirely organic. This was the first time such a commitment had been made in the herbal industry.” NCAP joined Shawn on his 60-acre farm in rural Oregon to film […]
  • Mountain Rose Herbs Protects Wild Salmon!

3 Organizations We Now Support!

  One of our guiding principles, a thread that weaves the fabric of Mountain Rose Herbs’ culture together, is that of giving back to our community. This year, because of our loyal customers who support our mission, we were able to bring a few more non-profits into the fold.    Center for Plant Conservation The Center for Plant Conservation works to conserve and restore the imperiled native plants of the United States to secure them from extinction. Mountain Rose Herbs relies on the research, restoration, education, and advocacy of the 39 leading U.S. botanic institutions in this network. In gratitude, Mountain Rose supports the Center with an annual financial contribution.   Native Fish Society The Native Fish Society advocates for the recovery of wild, native fish and promotes the stewardship of […]

Organically Grown in Oregon Week!

Join us to celebrate the 27th Anniversary of Organically Grown in Oregon Week, September 13 – 19! Mountain Rose Herbs is committed to organic, sustainable agriculture and we’re not alone. We support the Oregon Organic Coalition (OOC) alongside other businesses, non-profit organizations, and individuals passionate about growing the organic industry. The OOC works to inform, educate and advocate for policy change around organic legislature, the National Organic Action Plan, and other initiatives. They also know how to celebrate success and pay tribute to leaders in the industry at their annual luncheon. In 2011, OOC honored Mountain Rose with the Wholesaler of the Year Award for Excellence! We are so proud to offer locally-sourced, organic products from our home state. A few organic products brought to you from […]

Working With Beyond Toxics to Protect Pollinators

  Mountain Rose Herbs is incredibly proud to bee a supporter of Beyond Toxics!  “Beyond Toxics represents the finest culmination of hard-working individuals that produce the results we can all live by. Our industry, livelihoods and communities are dependent upon a healthy landscape, and our prospects would be very bleak indeed if we did not have the steadfast commitment of Beyond Toxics.”  – Shawn Donnille, Vice President, Mountain Rose Herbs We would like to congratulate this small, tenacious non-profit organization for their many accomplishments of late. Thanks to their tireless work, the City of Eugene and the City of Portland both passed ordinances banning harmful neonictinoid pesticide use on city property. This momentous accomplishment is part of the Save Oregon’s Bees campaign! Mountain Rose Herbs will donate 5% of annual […]
  • 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 […]