As a park ecologist in the Kitulo National Park in Southwestern Tanzania, Noel Mbise (MAIEP ’14) has experienced firsthand our need for more than good policies to protect the environment. “You can’t just tell people ‘No!’ and ‘Don’t do this!’ without telling them what to do instead,” he says, and adds that people naturally tend to care more about the here and now than tomorrow.
Since graduating from the Monterey Institute in 2009 with a master's degree in International Environmental Policy (IEP), Ashley Camhi has been working on multi-million dollar projects with the World Bank that focus on the economics of the environment in Latin America and the Caribbean.
This past summer I had the great opportunity to work with Project 90 by 2030, a South African non-profit located in Cape Town that has the goal to change how South Africans live by 2030. Project 90 focuses on inciting widespread change in the country by influencing federal policy through the creation of papers that contain policy recommendations for the government, working on high-visibility green projects and engaging the youth in environmental activities.
The legendary oceanographer Sylvia Earle, TED Prize winner and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, visited the Monterey Institute this week to talk to aspiring marine policy professionals and give them some career advice. Sylvia was named TIME magazine´s first “Hero for the Planet,” and is well known for her ocean research (logging more than 7,000 hours underwater) and activism for the protection of our oceans.
The moment I stepped onto Tobacco Caye, I felt like I had found a small slice of paradise. The vibrant, yet small fishing community off the southern coast of Belize is amazingly beautiful and astounding.
Alan Lovewell (MAIEP '10) and Oren Frey (MAIEP '11) are living out the Monterey Institute's mission of producing leaders with solutions to a variety of global challenges. These graduates of the International Environmental Policy Program are working hard to re-connect consumers in Monterey Bay to local fishermen and the product they offer through their business venture, Local Catch Monterey Bay.
The Monterey’s Institute’s commitment to immersive learning includes an emphasis on summer fellowship and internship opportunities all over the world. These placements put students on the ground using and further developing their skills while working on real-world issues in a professional capacity with organizations of all sizes and shapes, from UNESCO to frontier market entrepreneurs.
Entrepreneur, Community Supported Fishery Champion
Program: International Environmental Policy (2010)
Specialization: Marine Policy
Undergrad: University of California, Santa Cruz (USCS)
The challenge asked students to develop and implement a plan for lowering the environmental impact of their campuses and to educate and engage on-campus facilities managers and fellow students.
Laura Henson '12
Undergrad: Washington and Lee University
Major: English Literature and Environmental Studies
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
What is your favorite place in Monterey?
Under, in, or on the sea.