Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Earth Week 2017

2017 Schedule of Events

Each year, the Institute community hosts an annual week-long celebration for Earth Day, highlighting a range of sustainability themes 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. The vision of Earth Year is to actively educate our campus and the wider Monterey community to cultivate environmental leadership, innovation, and cultural change throughout the year to reach the Institute's goal of carbon neutrality.

Questions? Contact:

Zara Currimjee
Sustainability Graduate Assistant
Email: sustainablecampus@miis.edu

2017 Earth Week Schedule

Monday, April 17

Take the No-Plastic Pledge!

11am to 2pm
Samson Courtyard

MIIS Ocean Club will be raffling off prizes to those pledging to refuse single-use plastic items during Earth Week.

Fair Trade Coffee

11am to 2pm
Samson Courtyard

Aqua Terra & The Fair Traders Club have teamed up to feature fair trade coffee to kick off Earth Week at MIIS. The Club will provide educational materials on Fair Trade and the movement at MIIS on becoming the first Fair Trade graduate school in the country. Make sure to Bring Your Own Cup!

2017 Earth Week Trivia Night

6:30 to 7:45pm
Cibo's (301 Alvarado Street)
Sign up by emailing kficken@miis.edu

Come kick-off Earth Week, test out your trivial skills, and win awesome prizes! Happy hour discounts on food & drinks until 8pm and the first 5 teams to sign up get a FREE drink! Max. 4 people per team, with up to 10 teams participating. The winning team will receive a gift card to a Monterey restaurant. 

Tuesday, April 18


6 to 7:30pm
McGowan 102 (411 Pacific Street)

Come and experience a night of sustainabiliTEA with the FairTrade Club. Learn about fair trade and sustainability trends in the tea in tea industry. Enjoy a tea tasting provided by Traditional Medicinals - a Fair Trade, organic and sustainable tea company. Light refreshments, prizes, and information on local tea companies will be featured.

Wednesday, April 19

The Climate Crisis & Its Solutions: Update on An Inconvenient Truth

Morse B106

Want to learn the latest news on climate change, and what we can do about it? Join MIIS alum Jessy Bradish (IEP/MBA’13) to learn how our warming climate has influenced extreme weather events from Hurricane Sandy to California’s droughts, and see why there’s reason to be hopeful as 190+ nations voted unanimously for action at U.N. Paris climate talks. Bring questions, and discover how we can participate in the many solutions. Jessy Bradish is an eco-activist, stand-up comic, and designer, and was trained by Al Gore as a Climate Reality Presenter as part of his mission to increase climate change conversations in communities.

Film Screening: A PLASTIC OCEAN

6 to 8pm
Irvine Auditorium

More plastic than plankton? We have a problem. Learn more about plastic pollution in our oceans with the MIIS Ocean Club.

Thursday, April 20

2017 Earth Day Fair

Samson Courtyard

This year's Earth Week Campus Fair will include a range of free activities, bike repair workshop, composting tips, more games, and prizes!! Be sure to participate and help cultivate environmental leadership, innovation, and cultural change throughout the year to reach the MIIS carbon neutrality goal.

Authors Hour (with a Dance Performance!)

A conversation on embodied intelligence and writing Body and Earth: An Experiential Guide

3 to 3:50pm
Library 2nd floor

Combining scientific information with creative storytelling and evocative movement, Andrea Olsen discusses the interconnectedness of body systems and earth systems. The presentation includes a dance excerpt from her project, “Dancing in Wild Places: Seaweed and Ocean Health”, focusing on the vast underwater gardens that are visible in the intertidal zone and appear along the wrack-line on Monterey beaches. Seaweed snacks will be provided!

Saturday, April 22

Big Sur Land Trust Volunteer Day

9am to 12pm
Marks Ranch property, next to Toro County Park
Click to RSVP
Sign up to carpool

On Earth Day, join the Sustainability and Student Councils for a MIIS Community Service Day with the Big Sur Land Trust. Sign up to volunteer and help the Big Sur Land Trust with their historic Marks Ranch property next to Toro County Park.

Activities will include:

  • fencing - conversion to wildlife friendly fencing and installation of boundary signs;

  • invasive species removal - manual removal of invasive species to improve habitat quality;

  • trail/road improvements - improve drainage structures, maintain tread, address erosion issues and clear trails of vegetation; and

  • improvements to historic hacienda - yard work and maintenance of hacienda grounds.

Earth Day Climate Summit at MIIS

10 am to 12 pm
Irvine Auditorium
Questions? Please email actilley@miis.edu.

The Climate Summit is an opportunity for learning, dialogue and action on climate change issues globally hosted by the MIIS Model UN Club, the United Nations Association, Monterey Bay Chapter and International School-to-School Partnerships.  Understanding of climate disruption is the best way to foster informed global decisions, reducing the scale of climate damage. As the Monterey Bay Area is already recognized as a global center for marine studies, we have a mission to educate, monitor and understand these global challenges. At this summit, a panel of local Monterey Bay Area scientists will discuss critical climate change issues and key opportunities supporting the future of life living in harmony with the natural world.

Thursday, April 27

MIIS Whole Foods Plant-Based Tour

4 to 4:45pm
Whole Foods in Del Monte Shopping Center
Please RSVP

To help celebrate Earth Day, sign up for a Whole Foods tour led by MIIS International Environmental Policy program director Dr. Jason Scorse. Carpooling can be coordinated if requested.

Don't know what it means to live a plant-based lifestyle? Need help figuring out the which plant-based products to buy when you go shopping? Or do you just want free samples? Jason will help provide you with the best tips on how to shop plant-based at Whole Foods. We will meet at the front of the store. The tour will conclude with free sampling!