Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

How to Green Your Event

Our Green Thumb Garden

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 healthy eating and sustainability at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, please follow the guidelines below when organizing an event.


Serve 50% Plant-Based Foods

All events should serve at least 50% plant-based food items. Serving and eating more plant-based foods reduces carbon emissions and helps conserve water.

We also recommend that the food served be locally grown, organic, and minimally processed.

Popular food choices that meet the 50/50 criteria include:

  • Hummus and pita
  • Vegetable or lentil curries and soups
  • Fruit, nuts, chips, salsa, and guacamole
  • Veggie burgers
  • Vegan salads such as pasta and bean salads
  • Vegetarian sandwich fixings, including baked tofu, avocados, cucumbers, and tomatoes

For a broader selection of plant-based items, please refer to the Appendix of the Green Event Guide.

Turn Off Lights and Electronics When Done

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

Support Fair Trade

Purchasing products that are fair-trade certified encourages environmentally friendly production methods and safeguarding humane working conditions. Serve only fair trade coffee, teas, banana, and chocolate.

For a selection of fair trade items, please refer to the Appendix of the Green Event Guide.


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 compostable servingware, which can be easily found at most major grocery stores. Do not use Styrofoam or plastic cups, plates, or bowls.

For larger events, please see Appendix D the Green Event Guide for local vendor recommendations.

Provide Recycling Bins

Make sure that event attendees have easy access to recycling bins. To obtain additional bins for your event, indicate appropriately on your Event Logistics Request Form.


Contact the Sustainability Council for more information: sustainablecampus@miis.edu.