Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

How to Green Your Event

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

Tips and resources to help make your MIIS event more environmentally friendly

In order to promote sustainability at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, where possible, all events should serve at least 50% plant-based food items. These are low on the food chain and require much fewer resources than animal-based food items. We also recommend that food be locally grown, organic, and minimally processed to promote more efficient resource use.

Recycling and Trash Cans

Make sure that event attendees have easy access to trash cans and recycling bins. To obtain additional recycling bins for your event, include on your Event Logistics Request form.


Now that MIIS students are used to bringing their own cup for Student Council Social Hours, they can easily bring a cup to your event as well. Not only will your event then produce less waste, but you will also save money by not purchasing disposable cups.

Save Electricity

Don’t forget to turn off any lights or electronic equipment once you are done using them.

Food Selection

Some ideas for food items that meet the 50/50 criteria include:

  • Hummus and babaganoush spreads with crackers, pita, or bread
  • Snacks such as fruit, nuts, chips, salsa, and guacamole
  • Vegetable sushi rolls
  • Veggie burgers
  • Vegetable soups and chili without a cream base
  • Vegetable stir fries
  • Vegan salads such as pasta and bean salads
  • Vegetarian sandwich fixings, including baked tofu, avocadoes, cucumbers, and tomatoes
  • Vegetable or lentil curries


No need to go out and buy plastic plates and styrofoam cups for your event. Instead, purchase biodegradable servingware and reduce the amount of trash your event produces. For small events, check out Whole Food's selection of biodegradable servingware.

For larger events, you can order servingware from the following local vendor:

Passion Purveyors (831-383-9215)