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Growing Sustainably: Learning and Sharing with Mountain Rose Herbs

Thursday, August 16, 2018, 1-4:30 PM PT
Meet at 4020 Stewart Road, Eugene, OR 97402

This dynamic tour provides an excellent opportunity to learn about how Mountain Rose Herbs (MRH) has incorporated sustainability from the ground up since its inception. The day includes an overview of MRH’s sustainability program and accomplishments, and a tour of their office, production, shipping and warehouse facilities. Special emphasis will be given to MRH’s Platinum-level TRUE Zero Waste Certification, Salmon-Safe certification projects, and the river projects supported through the company’s financial generosity and employee volunteer program.

This long afternoon together means multiple opportunities to network with sustainability professionals about challenges, opportunities, and innovations in environmentally and socially responsible business practices.

Space is limited so sign up today to reserve your spot! Please limit to two staff members per company. More information will be provided when you sign up! The event is free for SFTA members and with a discount code, Provender Members. SFTA members and Provender members will be given priority until July 30th. $25.00 for non-members.

Not able to join the tour but want to talk shop later and toast SFTA’s 10th year of helping businesses be more sustainable? Meet up with us at Oakshire Brewing, 207 Madison St, Eugene, OR 97402, after 5 PM!

Climate 101: The Building Blocks of Climate Action for Your Company

Thursday, March 8, 2018, Natural Products Expo West, Anaheim, CA
This event has over, but you may watch the recording here.

Have you been mystified by seeing other companies’ carbon footprints shrink while yours remains the same? Would you like to reduce your company’s climate impacts, but have constrained resources or are not sure where to start?

SFTA’s Climate 101 session was designed to provide attendees with a strong foundational understanding of the nine areas that natural product companies can address to make the most impact on climate change. Presenters focused in on a handful of the nine areas, highlighting the best practices that can make immediate impact in any company. How tools—including S.M.A.R.T. goals and materiality assessments—can also be used to help identify the climate initiatives and targets most relevant and impactful for their businesses were also discussed.

Throughout the session, companies who are veterans in combating climate change spoke to the practical steps they have taken in all of these areas to prioritize efforts, create goals, implement best practices, and track results.


SFTA Sustainability Workshops 

SFTA’s “Going Sustainable” sustainability workshops are designed to deliver skills and information for sustainability practioners in the organic food trade. The core of our work is rooted in the Natural Step Framework and then each workshop delivers fun, interactive learning opportunities to help attendees further their sustainability programs.

SFTA offers these workshops for both individual companies and for any interested parties in a particular region.  Please contact us at if you would like to request a workshop at your office or location.


Sustainability 101

Workshop overview: Building the capacity for sustainability within the organic food trade through understanding, implementation, and reporting.

Who should attend: This hands-on workshop is designed for professionals who are newly developing a formal sustainability program as well as those who want deepen their skills in sustainability and report writing.

What attendees will come away with: This workshop is aimed at providing attendees the ability to apply The Natural Step Framework, presenting the business case for sustainability, sustainability report writing skills as well as the opportunity to network with peers in the industry focused on sustainability and reporting.

Sustainability 201

Creative Leadership, Collaboration and Co-creation for Sustainability: For many sustainability practitioners your job requires skills beyond scientific knowledge, analysis, data management and reporting.  In fact, what most practitioners face is a need to manage people, tell a story, cast a vision and drive change within their organization.

In this workshop we will address the following questions: How do we transfer ideas, co-create expectations, spread vision, and inspire action, effectively and exponentially?  How do we get other people to do what we want or need them to do?  We don’t and we can’t.  However, we can help people do what they want to do, and invite them to share, participate, and contribute in the sustainability work of your organization.

The soft skills workshop is a blend of key offerings from change management and creative leadership, which is an important framework for understanding your role as a sustainability practitioner and how to inspire and excite those you work with to share in the work around sustainability.

Hard Skills – There is a lot of technical expertise required for understanding and managing sustainability. This workshop brings together experts in various fields to share some practical advice and a sharpening of skills we need daily. Be it excel for managing data, carbon and energy calculations, waste management, and even public speaking or presentation skills.

If you are interested in receiving information about our workshops and other training please feel free to email us at


For more educational programs, please visit the Sustainable Food Trade Association Webinar Series.