Members of the undergraduate chapter of Net Impact kicked off the 2019-2020 academic year with three fun and informative site visits to sustainable businesses located here in Eugene, Oregon.
Twelve club members spent their Friday learning and networking with Pivot Architecture, Mountain Rose Herbs, and Seneca Sawmill. These companies are exceptional at incorporating sustainability into their business values and practices. It was a great opportunity for our club’s members to see Net Impact's mission reflected in successful, local businesses.
The first site visit of the day was at Pivot Architecture, an architecture and interior design firm dedicated to designing buildings and spaces for clients with a sustainability focus on the forefront. We were highly impressed by the standards of sustainability that they have set for their business and the positive responses and support they have received from their clients.
After leaving Pivot, we made our way over to Mountain Rose Herbs. The core principle of Mountain Rose Herbs is their dedication to incorporate sustainability in all aspects of their operations. From their facilities to their consumer products, Mountain Rose Herbs aims to reduce waste while recycling and composting. Mountain Rose Herbs is an industry leader changing the game—they put people and the planet before profit without sacrificing the quality of their product.
Our final site visit was to Seneca Sawmill. This was a club favorite when we visited last year, so we knew we had to go back again! Seneca Sawmill, a local, family-owned lumber company, is one of the largest-producing mills on one site in the country. They also have the largest biomass plant in the nation that works to create a closed loop in their operations, which we were all excited to see. Founded in 1954, Seneca is keeping up to date with their values and practices to ensure their work continues to be responsible and sustainable.
Net Impact Undergrad would like to extend a big thank you to Pivot Architecture, Mountain Rose Herbs, and Seneca Sawmill for warmly welcoming us into their workspaces and providing us with such a great experience.
—Terri Chrestenson, Class of 2022