Goals & Results

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.  Going beyond simple numbers, these statistics serve as a tracking device for you, the student.  Every year we will put forward goals to further reduce our GHG emissions and non-recyclable waste that can be monitored here.

Greenhouse Gas Audit

Every year, the Monterey Institute conducts a greenhouse gas (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


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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 Monterey Institute Sustainability Council.    

In the 2010 fall semester, the Monterey Institute conducted 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 can see that commute accounts for 9% of the Institute's total emissions.

Emissions by Source 2010-2011

The FY 2010-11 audit shows 24.5 tons of emissions reductions in electricity and 22 tons of reductions in natural gas emissions compared to the 2009-2010 audit.  Additional upgrades and improvements will result in further decreases in FY 2011-2012.  Details can be found in the "Carbon Neutrality" section of our "Current Initiatives".

Campus Waste

The Monterey Institute is committed to minimizing waste and 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%

Future Plans and Goals

On July 1, 2010, the Monterey Institute officially merged with Middlebury to become a "Graduate School of Middlebury College"; therefore, we are proud to announce that the Monterey Institute has 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 1,406 pounds of batteries!

Printing

As a result of better printing practices from our faculty and staff, the Monterey Institute reduced its printing footprint from the 2009 to 2010 school year.  This conservation effort saved:

  • Over 33 trees from reduced paper usage
  • $6,787.23 from paper purchasing
  • 9,698,820 liters or 2,521,693 gallons of water needed to produce paper
  • Roughly 145 metrics tons of carbon dioxide