In order to promote healthy eating and sustainability at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, please use the following guidelines:
Serve 50% Plant-based Foods
Serving and eating more plant-based foods reduces carbon emissions and helps conserve water in this time of drought. Local, organic food with little packaging is the best choice.
Popular food choices include:
- Hummus and pita
- Vegetable sushi rolls
- Veggie burgers
- Vegetable stir fries
- Vegetable or lentil curries
- Snacks like fruit, nuts, chips, salsa, and guacamole
- Vegan salads such as pasta and bean salads
- Vegetable soups and chili with no cream base
- Vegetarian sandwich fixings, including baked tofu, avocadoes, cucumbers, and tomatoes
For a selection of Costco & Trader Joes plant-based items, see appendices.
Use Reusable Servingware
A limited amount of serving platters and dishes are available in the events kitchen on the lower floor of McCone. If reusable servingware is not possible, purchase biodegradable servingware, which can be easily found at most major grocery stores. Do not use Styrofoam or plastic cups, plates, or bowls.
For larger events, you can order servingware from the local vendor Passion Purveyors (831-383-9215)
Susty Party is an on-line resource with a variety of options for sustainable partyware.
Provide Recycling Bins
Make sure that event attendees have easy access to recycling bins. To obtain additional recycling bins for your event, indicate appropriately on your Event Logistics Request Form.
Turn off Lights and Electronics When Done
Don’t forget to turn off any lights or electronic equipment when you are not using them. If MIIS community members like you did this, MIIS would save $10,000 per year!