Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Earth Week

Each year, the Institute community hosts an annual week-long celebration for Earth Day, highlighting a range of sustainability aspects both on campus and globally. 

The idea for Earth Week was born from a group of environmental policy graduate students wanting to raise awareness about sustainability issues. Earth Week's mission is to catalyze the Institute community to be the sustainable solution, and the vision is to actively educate our campus and the wider Monterey community to cultivate environmental leadership, innovation, and cultural change.

For questions, email Melis Okter: mokter@miis.edu
2015 schedule of events and Campus Map

Monday, April 20

Vegan Cook-off and Veggie Bash
12:00-2:00 PM
MIIS Our Green Thumb Garden

Put your cooking skills to the test in our annual vegan cook-off followed by delicious vegan food and drinks (provided by the Earth Week Committee), win prizes, tour the MIIS Community Garden, and learn all about the Earth Week events!

Sign Up Here! to compete in the cook-off!

Earth Week Pledge
12:00-2:00 PM
MIIS Our Green Thumb Garden

Take a pledge to create a cleaner, healthier Earth. Consider the areas in your life that you can make a difference -- ranging from eating habits, things you can do around your home, at school, and around the town.

Make your pledge or visit us in the Garden on the first day of Earth Week.

"The Future of Energy: Lateral Power to the People" Movie Screening
6:00 PM
McGowan 100
Hosted by Professor Langholz

The Future of Energy is a powerful documentary that captures the movement across the United States to transition to renewable energy and what everyday people are doing to help foster that shift. It's a positive film about the renewable energy revolution, and a love story about the countless individuals and communities that are re-imagining their relationships with the planet and with each other.

Tuesday, April 21

Surfing into Spirituality and Environmental Ethics Lecture
Professor Bron Taylor
12:00-1:30 PM
McGowan 100

Beginning with a history of the practice and tracing the increasing construction since Earth Day of the sport as a religious practice, and illustrating these transformations through diverse audio and visual media, Professor Bron Taylor’s historical, ethnographic, and global tour explores surfing as a form of what he calls aquatic nature religion, namely, nature-spirituality in which the religious experience inheres to a bodily practice related to moving water.

Eating with Intention Debate: A vegan, a rancher, and a fisherman’s perspective on food.
Professor Jason Scorse, Alumni Alan Lovewell, and Mark Shelly
6:30-8:00 PM, Reception to follow
Irvine Auditorium

Ever wondered if your diet supports a sustainable planet? This Earth Week come hear 25 year vegan Professor Jason Scorse, California rancher Mark Shelley, and Local Catch seafood co-founder Alan Lovewell debate the merits and shortcomings of different diets.

Wednesday, April 22

Carbon Shock Lecture
Mark Schapiro
12:00-1:30 PM
McGowan 102

Mark Schapiro will take us on a journey to the financial frontlines of climate change, where the same chaotic forces reshaping our weather are shifting the economic ground beneath our feet. From the agricultural fields of California to the Amazon rainforest, from the oil-splattered beaches of Spain to the export powerhouses of China to the bizarre world of carbon traders, Schapiro discusses the true costs of fossil fuels--and how the struggle to integrate those costs into the global economy is altering the financial and geo-political status quo, and expanding our paradigms of regulatory and legal power.

Judgement Day Panel: Who's to Blame for the Lack of Progress on Climate Change in the U.S.
David Roberts, Mark Schapiro, Randy Olson, and Brian Palmer
6:00-7:30 PM, Reception to follow
Irvine Auditorium

This Earth Day the Sustainability Speaker Series is bringing three renowned environmental writers and a filmmaker for an engaging discussion on the biggest environmental policy challenge in the US. The panelists include David Roberts, senior writer from Grist; Mark Schapiro, investigative journalist and adjunct professor at MIIS; Brian Palmer, from NRDC's Earthwire; and filmmaker Randy Olson. This is sure to be a fiery and intense discussion you won't want to miss moderated by MIIS Professor Jason Scorse.

Thursday, April 23

Home and Garden DIY: Make Non-Toxic Detergent and Seed Bombs
12:00-2:00 PM
MIIS Our Green Thumb Garden

Did you know that some home cleaners are toxic for your heath and the environment? Come and learn how to make your own non-toxic detergent at the MIIS community garden.
Feeling crafty? Create your own wildflower seed bombs and add color to your day while also helping our local pollinators!

Earth Week Trivia
8:00 PM
London Bridge Pub

Test your earth week knowledge and win prizes at our fun trivia night!*
Come early for FREE appetizers!
*Trivia will not be limited to Earth and environment related knowledge

Friday, April 24

Bike Ride to Asilomar
10:00 AM
Meet in front of the MIIS garden

Come join us for a leisurely bike ride with a beautiful view to Asilomar Beach!