Get Involved


Opportunities to participate in sustainability abound at MIIS and in Monterey.

Big Sur Coastline

Student Environmental Clubs

Students for Sustainability Club (SSC): The SSC is the hub of student-led initiatives to improve environmental sustainability on campus and in the Monterey Community.  The SSC takes an active role in leading sustainability projects and educational workshops and events, giving students a chance to put the skill they learn at MIIS to use.  Visit the SSC blog for more information on current activities.

Net Impact: The hub for Corporate Social Responsibility and Social Entrepreneurship on the MIIS campus. Net Impact is also dedicated to increasing awareness of sustainability issues, thereby improving the environmental conscious of the Monterey Institute community.

Our Green Thumb: OGT inaugurated the student-led community organic gard en on Van Buren Street adjacent to the Morse Building in Spring 2009. Composted food waste is used as fer tilizer for its crops, and the garden is just a cool place to kick back and relax. Most recently OGT installed a rainwater catchment (pictured) to provide water for the garden.

          Inquire at the Student Affairs Office for more information on these and all student led organizations on campus.


          If you want to get involved beyond campus, or just see some beautiful places, Monterey is an excellent place to be.

          Work: MIIS has partnered with The Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments (AMBAG) to offer MIIS students internship opportunities in managing Greenhouse Gas audits for local municipalities.  A number of local businesses and organizations offer environmentally focused internships. Check the resources tab for a more exhaustive list of these local groups.

          Eat: Central California is the agricultural supply center for the Western United States. In fact the largest organic farm in the world, Earthbound Farms, has its headquarters in Carmel Valley. Organic, locally produced food is available on Tuesdays at the Farmer's Market, and a number of Community Supported Agriculture & Fisheries programs deliver organic produce to campus every week:

          Play: We are surrounded by terrestrial and marine protected areas including the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, one of the largest protected areas and richest fishing grounds in the entire world. People come from all over the world to visit The Big Sur coastline, and it is right in our backyard. Get out, discover, and enjoy the natural beauty that makes this area worth protecting.  The City of Monterey tourism bureau maintains the latest information on these resources.


          If you want to work with members of the Sustainability Council on improving energy consumption, waste, commuting, visibility, communications, offsets, and many other tasks, fill out this form and we can get you to work. The time commitment is up to you.

          For questions or for more information on sustainability issues at MIIS, please e-mail