Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Green Your Event

The Institute students at work in the Our Green Thumb garden.

Get tips and resources to help make your event environmentally friendly!

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!