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Here at Mountain Rose Herbs, we do everything we can to reduce our energy consumption. From powering our facilities with a 100-panel solar array to supporting our local utility’s Greenpower program. However, despite our hard work, we still end up releasing some greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Because we strongly believe it’s the right thing we do, we offset our remaining carbon emissions with Carbonfund.org’s carbon sequestration projects. Reducing carbon dioxide emissions is critical for tackling rising sea levels, extreme weather events, and other environmental issues.

In 2016, we offset 306.2 metric tons of carbon emissions through nonprofit Carbonfund.org, an organization we’ve partnered with for a decade! What do 306.2 metric tons look like? Imagine a balloon as long as 30 football fields that is then filled with CO₂. (And we’re a company that’s mindful of reducing our load on the planet!)

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We’re proud to partner with Carbonfund.org and are continually impressed by their carbon offset projects, which focus on energy efficiency, reforestation and forest preservation, and renewable energy. One of their endeavors that our offsets will support is the Envira Amazonia Project in northwestern Brazil. The venture will conserve over 494,000 acres of tropical rainforests (home to howler monkeys, freshwater dolphins, and many endangered species), while providing the rural community there with a new school, a new health clinic, and sustainable economic opportunities.

I recently reached out to Linda Kelly, Carbonfund.org’s Business Partnerships Manager to find out her perspective on our work together. I was touched to hear her response and wanted to share it with all of you. “Mountain Rose Herbs [is] truly committed to the highest standards in providing the best organic herbs and spices to its customers, while ensuring that the company maintains an unwavering commitment to sustainable business practices, operational efficiencies, and respect for our environment in every area,” Linda said. “Our long-term relationship with Mountain Rose Herbs underscores this commitment and exemplifies [their] leadership in sustainability.”

All Carbonfund.org projects are certified to the highest standards of environmental protection and community enhancement. We are proud to link arms with Carbonfund.org to fight climate change and promote community development, and we encourage other businesses to do the same.

Learn more about our other energy efficiency efforts!

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Written by Alyssa on March 29, 2017

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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