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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 numbers, the BCC set records too this year. All together, 269 teams and 2,820 participants joined in the fun. We collectively saved 83,265 miles of single occupancy cars on the road and 85,337 lbs of CO2 emissions.


Did you know…

Mountain Rose Herbs encourages employees to use alternative modes of transportation year-round. We pay staff members who carpool to work 15 cents per mile for each passenger or 15 cents per mile for bus commuters. Those who bicycle or walk to work get 25 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. We recently signed up for Lane County’s Emergency Ride Home Program. Owing to these and other amenities offered to employees, Mountain Rose Herbs was deemed a Bicycle Friendly Business by the League of American Bicyclists in 2013.

Learn about our other sustainability initiatives!


Topics: Sustainability


Written by Alyssa on September 21, 2016

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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