Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Get Involved

Big Sur Coastline

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

Student Environmental Clubs

Students for Sustainability: Students for Sustainability is the hub of student-led initiatives to improve environmental sustainability on campus and in the Monterey Community. The club 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.

Net Impact

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 consciousness of the Institute community.

Our Green Thumb: OGT inaugurated the student-led community organic garden on Van Buren Street adjacent to the Morse Building in Spring 2009. Composted food waste is used as fertilizer for its crops, and the garden is just a cool place to kick back and relax. OGT installed a rainwater catchment to provide water for the garden, and most recently built an aquaponics system that grows crops and raises fish in a closed-loop system.

Inquire at MIIS Student Services 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 Mondays at the Pacific Grove Farmer's Market and Tuesdays at the Monterey Farmer's Market. A number of Community Supported Agriculture & Fisheries programs deliver organic produce to or near 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.


Please contact sustainablecampus@miis.edu with any questions, concerns, or for more information on sustainability issues at MIIS.