Monterey Institute of International Studies

Track the Monterey Institute's progress in creating a sustainable campus.

As part of its commitment to students, faculty, and the general public, the Monterey Institute publishes summary statistics of its sustainability efforts. Here you can find information on the Monterey Institute's greenhouse gas and waste audits. These statistics serve as a tracking device for you. Every year we put continue to work towards our goals to further reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and non-recyclable waste that can be monitored here.

Greenhouse Gas Audit

Every year, the Monterey Institute conducts a GHG audit of Institute facilities and Institute-related activities. Conducting annual GHG audits allows the Institute to monitor progress in reducing emissions and determine a quantity of offsets necessary for carbon neutrality.

Year-by-Year CO2e Emissions Comparison

Travel Electricity Natural Gas Landfill Mobile Total
06-07 2865 304 212 15 2 3398
07-08 2725 273 218 44 2 3262
08-09 1945 294 241 54 7 2541
09-10 1433 281 235 47 2

1998

10-11 1654 257 213 50 1

2175

11-12 1643 234 214 46 8

2145

12-13 1213 239 224 45 9

1730

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From 2008 - 2010, the Monterey Institute saw considerable reductions in its emissions from travel. The 2010 - 2011 audit, however, showed an increase in travel emissions. Reducing travel emissions, the largest component of the campus footprint, represents a major challenge that is currently being addressed by the Sustainability Council.    

Every fall semester, the Monterey Institute conducts a student and employee commute survey. By expanding the scope of the GHG audit to include commute, we can provide a more accurate account of our footprint. With this information, we see that commute accounts for 9% of the Institute's total emissions.

By the end of the 2012-2013 school year, the Monterey Institute has reached the lowest emissions since the beginning of monitoring. Hopefully we will continue this success into the coming year!

Emissions by Source 2012-2013

The FY 2012-13 audit shows approximately 400 tons of emissions reductions in travel compared to the 2011-2012 audit. Additional upgrades and improvements will result in further decreases in FY 2013-2014.  Details can be found in the "Carbon Neutrality" section of our "Current Initiatives".

Campus Waste

The Monterey Institute is committed to minimizing waste and increasing recycling whenever possible. The Sustainability Council continuously monitors, documents, and tracks the progress of weekly campus waste output. Our 2012-2013 waste metrics were as follows:

  • Average Weekly Waste: 2,571 lbs.
  • Average Waste Recycled Weekly: 847
  • Average % Waste Recycled Weekly: 33%

Goals

On July 1, 2010, the Monterey Institute officially merged with Middlebury to become a Graduate School of Middlebury College. Accompanying the merger, the Monterey Institute set a goal of recycling at least 40% of its waste.

Battery recycling 

Since February 2008, the Monterey Institute has been collecting used batteries in special recycling bins throughout campus.  To date, the Institute has recycled 1,748 pounds of batteries!