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We took the Commute Challenge!

In Front of Oakshire Brewery 2015 Bike 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 to local bike shops.


Volunteer Prepares to tune-up bikes


If you like numbers, the BCC set records this year. All together, 242 teams and 2584 participants joined in the fun. We collectively saved 92,548 miles of single occupancy cars on the road and 96,254 lbs of Co2 emissions. And as a group, we burned 131,441 kcals.

Did you know…?

Mountain Rose encourages employees to use alternative modes of transportation year round? We pay staff members who carpool to work 12 cents per mile for each passenger and 12 cents per mile for bus commuters. For those who bicycle to work, we compensate them 20 cents per mile. Every year, we reward the employee who logs the most miles in each category an additional $250.

Employees have access to a covered and locked bike depot, indoor lockers, and showers. Owing to these and other amenities offered to employees, Mountain Rose Herb was deemed a Bicycle Friendly Business by the League of American Bicyclists in 2013.

Learn about other sustainability initiatives!


Cyclist from the Fashion Show Poses With Bike

Topics: Sustainability


Written by Alyssa on June 10, 2015

Alyssa Bascue, Director of Sustainability, is a trusted professional in her field with a passion for employee engagement and reducing environmental impacts of business operations, including emissions, energy, waste, and water. Growing up in an income-sharing, egalitarian community in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, she’s a farm girl at heart. She received her bachelor's degree in Environmental Sociology, which helps to support Mountain Rose Herbs' mission of supporting organic agriculture and embodying socially conscious business practices. Alyssa completed a nine-week Master Recycler training and is well-known in town as an Employee Transportation Coordinator. She currently volunteers with Friends of Trees, Provender Alliance, Sustainable Food Trade Association, and the Willamette Valley Sustainable Foods Alliance. And she is an active member of the International Society for Sustainability Professionals. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, reading, cooking spicy foods, hiking and camping with her husband and brindle pup.

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