Northwest Naturescapes was founded in 2010 with the vision of creating a landscaping company with the smallest possible environmental footprint, which roughly translates into the fewest carbon emissions. This was achieved in two ways: by planting food right into peoples’ yards, and by investing in equipment that doesn’t run on fossil fuels.
It began with the purchase of an electric bike and the building of a light-weight aluminum large capacity bike trailer which allowed for transportation of one person (and a whole lot of tools) to virtually any job within the city limits. Additionally, the use of electric mowers, string-trimmers, and blowers helps reduce dependence on gasoline. According to the EPA, gas-powered mowers can “emit as much pollution in one hour as 40 late model cars.” Electricity purchased from Pacific Power’s Blue Sky Energy program comes from, and furthers investment in, renewable energies from around the region, such as wind and solar.
Alden Gray, Northwest Naturescapes’ founder, is a Corvallis native who graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies. Alden loves to have his hands in the soil! He is a certified Permaculture Designer and has completed the Master Gardeners curriculum. Working outside to increase the health and vitality of plants and the environment is his dream come true.