Rogue to Go is a program overseen by local non-profit, Be The Change Rogue. Be The Change Rogue aims to create opportunities and inspire a more just and sustainable community through advocacy and programming that protects local resources, prevents waste and supports best practices for citizens and local government by being the change we wish to see in our community.
History, Legacy, & Where Rogue To Go Came From
Rogue To Go was cultivated by Roxane Beigel-Coryell and Risa Buck during their service on the City of Ashland’s Conservation Commission (now the Ashland Conservation and Climate Outreach Commission) and started as a pilot program overseen by the City of Ashland. Following the success of the pilot it became a program run by the local nonprofit, Be The Change Rogue and the Rogue To Go Advisory Team.
Rogue To Go has been made possible by the support and participation of the original restaurateurs who were willing to try a new way. The initial grant started in January of 2020 with five eateries and has grown to nine and counting- during a pandemic and a devastating wildfire. Growth under these conditions demonstrates the community’s hunger for this solution.
We realized that we needed to design a program that met the needs of our rural community. Our goals include providing a service that supports local business while offering a solution for customers’ desire for ‘on the go’ convenience minus the environmental degradation reflected in mainstream “consumerism”. Our ultimate goal is that Rogue To Go will be a part of the paradigm shift for “how we do business,” in Southern Oregon designed to be self-sustaining and replicable in other places.
Meet the Team!
Linda Peterson Adams, Be The Change Rogue Board member, Rogue To Go Advisory Team
Linda grew up on a Mom & Pop retail nursery where they sold plants from reused metal gallon cans and wooden flats. In college, Linda and her roommates always took the time to take glass and cans to the Recycle Center and bought them in bulk. When Linda worked in the big city, she left a bucket of food scraps that wouldn’t go on the compost pile for the pig farmers and sent out recyclables in a blue bucket. Now that she is retired in Ashland, Linda continues her efforts and enthusiasm for reducing her consumption, recycling, reusing, repurposing, buying local and encouraging others to do the same. Because it is the right thing to do. Linda currently serves on the City of Ashland Transportation Commission, The Ashland Food Project Board, and SOCAN’s Ashland Climate Action Project.
Risa Buck , Be The Change Board Rogue Member, Rogue To Go Advisory Team
Risa Buck has lived in Ashland for 30 years. She built Ashland’s first (and only) off-grid home in 1995. She got on the grid to sell back her excess electricity in 2006. She serves on the city of Ashland’s Conservation and Climate Outreach Commission and strives to be the change she wants to see in her community. Risa worked with the local waste hauler and Jackson County entities educating and inspiring waste prevention for a bit longer than a decade. She is an avid swimmer, gardener, and hiker. Much to her surprise, Risa was a recipient of the 2018 James Ragland Volunteer Community Spirit award.
Becs Walker, Be The Change Rogue Board Member, Rogue To Go Advisory Team
Becs moved to Ashland from Scotland in 2019 after working for 15 years at the Scottish EPA in the waste and resource management department. While at the Scottish EPA, Becs worked with Scottish Government developing world-leading climate change policy and waste and resource management policy. Ashland got her attention because of the location, mountain biking, skiing and all things outdoors along with the job as Sustainability Manager at Southern Oregon University. Becs also serves on Ashland’s Conservation and Climate Outreach Commission.
Rianna Koppel, Rogue To Go Advisory Team
Rianna grew up in the Rogue Valley and fondly remembers the times before annual summer wildfires. She is the Sustainability Coordinator at the Ashland Food Co-op and a Jackson County Master Recycler. She is most proud of her collaborative work with friends and neighbors to support Talent’s Clean Energy Action Plan. She has about five Rogue To Go containers and uses them often.
Rachel Koning, Rogue To Go Advisory Team
Rachel is a Southern Oregon native and the Marketing & Events Coordinator for Common Block Brewing Company in Medford. When not planning social media or sharing news of the brewery’s waste/energy reduction programs, she’s enjoying local trails and taking home her family’s favorite meals from around the valley in Rogue To Go containers.