Our Blog

We Are a Bike-Friendly Workplace

Lane Transit District booth educates MRH employees on alternate modes of transportation

The sun was shining and the bicycle wheels were spinning during the 2018 Mountain Rose Herbs Earth Day Celebration. Employees were in an especially festive mood because they were getting free, professional bike tune-ups as a gift from Mountain Rose Herbs!

Christopher, our Customer Service Representative, is one of the many bike enthusiasts who work at Mountain Rose Herbs. He had the idea to provide tune-ups to help folks get their bikes road-ready in the spring. We sought out a locally-owned mobile bike clinic to help us make it happen! The bike mechanics kept hard at work all day cleaning chains, adjusting brakes, and inspecting tires. Christopher and our Safety Manager, Rick, set up a table to do quick repair demos and to answer bike route questions. We invited local transportation experts to join the celebration and chat with our team about using alternative modes of transportation.

Person holding back tire of bike making adjustments for bike tune up

Every year, we participate in our local Business Commute Challenge (BCC). We compete against other businesses to see who can log the most miles walking, biking, busing, and carpooling. Now our staff is all geared up and eager to compete during the BCC this May!

Mountain Rose Herbs encourages employees to use alternative modes of transportation year-round through our Alternative Commute Program. We pay staff members who carpool to work $0.15 per mile for each passenger, and bus commuters receive $0.15 per mile as well. Those who bicycle or walk to work get $0.25 per mile. Every year, we reward the employee who logs the most miles in each category an additional $250.

MRH employee with hands on bike wheel for safety check and bike tune up

We make biking to work easy! Employees have access to a covered and locked bike depot, indoor lockers, showers, and a bicycle repair kit. These employee perks also earned Mountain Rose Herbs the designation of a Bicycle Friendly Business from the League of American Bicyclists for the first time in 2013. Last year, we went from the Bronze to Silver level for creating a welcoming atmosphere for bicycling.

These are just some of the many ways we encourage staff to stay healthy and reduce their carbon footprint.

 

Curious about employee involvement in sustainability?

 Meet Our Company Green Team

 

You may also be interested in:

Bikes


Topics: Inside Mountain Rose Herbs, Sustainability, Green Living

Alyssa

Written by Alyssa on May 15, 2018

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.


Follow us on Instagram

 

Recipes
Body Care
Beverages
More Topics

Popular Posts