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.

In the past, students have dedicated each day of the week to a different sustainability theme. Past themes have included energy, transportation, water, trash, and food. Events range from movie screenings and speaker series, to potlucks and trivia nights. Here is the 2015 schedule of events: 

Monday, April 20

Vegan Cookoff and Potluck
12:00-2:00 PM
MIIS Community Garden

"The Future of Energy" Movie Screening
6:00 PM
McGowan 100
Hosted by Professor Langholz

Tuesday, April 21

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

Few natural substances have been more important in the history of religion than water. It often has been closely associated with, or has symbolized, purity and holiness, or has been intertwined with rites of spiritual or physical healing. Some scholars have noted how water-related religion becomes complicated when this substance, so often associated with healing, is polluted. But there has been little scholarly attention to how moving water, and human bodies moving through water, can evoke religious perception and felt ethical obligations toward ecological systems. 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: 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
Mark Schapiro
12:00-1:30 PM
McGowan 102

Mark Schapiro specializes in international and environmental stories. His award-winning work appears in all media: in publications such as Harpers, The Atlantic, Mother Jones and Yale 360; on television, including PBS FRONTLINE/World and KQED; on public radio including Marketplace; and on the web. He recently published a book for Wiley & Co. investigating the backstory to our carbon footprints "Carbon Shock: A Tale of Risk and Calculus on the Front Lines of the Disrupted Global Economy". His previous book, "Exposed: The Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Products and What’s at Stake for American Power," reveals the health and economic implications of the tightening of environmental standards by the European Union.

Judgement Day: 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
6:00-7:300 PM, Reception to follow
Irvine Auditorium

This Earth Day the Sustainability Speaker Series is bringing three renown environmental writers and a filmmaker; David Roberts from Grist, Mark Schapiro from the Center for Investigative Reporting, and Brian Palmer from Earthwire, and filmmaker Randy Olson to discuss the lack of progress on climate change in the U.S.

Thursday, April 23

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

Come make your own non-toxic detergent, and seed bombs at the MIIS community garden.

Earth Week Trivia
8:00 PM

Test your earth week knowledge at our fun triva night!

Friday, April 24

Bike Ride to Asilomar
10:00 AM
Meet in front of the Community Garden

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