International Environmental Policy

Net Impact team wins national competition

The Monterey Institute Chapter of Net Impact is the national winner of the 2012 xpedx Campus Greening Challenge.

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

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.

Laura Henson

Program: International Environmental Policy

Undergrad: Washington and Lee University

Fast Fact: Ran a private marathon with two other volunteers down the national highway of Mozambique

"I genuinely want to be a part of something that is much bigger than myself."

Laura Henson thinks that for a curious person like herself, the sea is a dreamworld.

"I find the ocean fascinating for its grandness and mysteries," she said.

Tiffani Jarnigan

Program: International Environmental Policy (Peace Corps Masters International)

Undergrad: Rutgers

Fast Fact: Studied Russian for 10 years

"After graduating from the Monterey Institue, I felt confident in performing any task...putting together a sustainability report, writing a policy analysis, or discussing organic agriculture in Russian."

Relaunched Alumni Achievement Awards Honor Four

The Monterey Institute’s Alumni Achievement Award Program was relaunched in 2012 as a way to demonstrate the Institute’s commitment to and pride in its alumni through annual recognition of alumni leaders.   These awards are presented during spring commencement which "showcases the kinds of career paths that our new graduates can strive to achieve, and sends them the message that alumni live the school’s motto of “Be the Solution,” according to Leah Gowran, Director of Alumni Relations.  

The Alumni Achievement Awards for 2012 are as follows:

Silvia Sanchez

Program: International Environmental Policy

Undergrad: Stanford

Fast Fact: Hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

"My favorite thing is definitely the faculty's dedication to the students and the program."

Silvia Sanchez chose the International Environmental Policy program at the Monterey Institute because she could specialize in Marine and Land Conservation.

James Knuckles

Program: International Environmental Policy/MBA (Dual Degree Student)

Undergrad: Bowdoin College

Fast Fact: Traveled to 10 countries on a 100-day trip around the world

"My peers in the IEP program hail from every corner of the planet...learning from them is my favorite part of the IEP program at the Monterey Institute."

Allysum Pohl

Program: International Environmental Policy

Undergrad: University of Kentucky

Fast Fact: Lived on a sailboat as a kid and is a contortionist

"I get to practice using tools and writing and presenting projects like I will be doing in my career for years to come."

Alexandra Ogden

Program: International Environmental Policy

Undergrad: University of North Carolina

Fast Fact: Is currently living 12,000 feet above sea level in rural Peru as a Peace Corps Master's International student

"Professor Jason Scorse's approach to environmental policy is truly what I like most about the International Environmental Policy program."

Adam Fullerton

Program: International Environmental Policy

Undergrad: Bates College (Chinese/Political Science)

Fast Fact: Sailed from San Diego to South Africa when he was 16 as part of a semester at sea program

"My favorite part of the IEP program is the professional curriculum that not only gives students a strong academic background in environmental policy but also teaches us to be able practitioners."