For most Monterey Institute students, the short winter term in January is a great opportunity to take what they have been learning in the classroom and either develop practical skills through intense practicum courses, or go out into the real world and take their classroom lessons to the field.
Whether relaxing next to her tomatoes or watering her plants in between classes, Marisa Bowersox (MAIEP '11) is just one of dozens of students who enjoy their personal campus plot in the campus community garden. After breaking ground on a garden in Albania while in the Peace Corps, Marisa was inspired to build upon the work of previous environmental policy students and expand the Our Green Thumb garden into a place you can grow whatever you want.
Fisher International Business Forum Brings Leaders Together to Discuss Innovation and Sustainability
On Sunday, November 14, the 2010 Fisher International Business Forum brought together industry and thought leaders for a discussion focused on sustainability and innovation. “It was a truly inspirational event because everyone involved was so genuinely interested in focusing on solutions, on how we can pull ourselves out of the recession through innovation and sustainable solutions,” says Carter Chapman (MBA ’11) who was in charge of marketing for the forum, which was held at the Monterey Museum of Art.
Throughout its history, the Monterey Institute of International Studies has sought to attract the highest caliber of well-qualified, internationally-oriented students. As the Institute’s programs in areas such as international business and international environmental policy have expanded in recent years, a significant number of students who are highly qualified in every other respect to attend MIIS have been rejected because they are unable to meet the language proficiency requirement.
As a native of Portland, Oregon and a life-long athlete, Christa Thoeresz (MBA ’11) is no stranger to the world of Nike. This summer though, she got to experience Nike from the inside, working with the company‘s Sustainable Business and Innovation team in an effort to take sustainable business practices to the next level and fully integrate them into all aspects of the business. It was “intense,” says Christa, who really enjoyed the “incredible culture” of Nike.
Challenging the conventional wisdom that economics and environmentalism are in conflict, Professor Jason Scorse of the Monterey Institute of International Studies argues that the opposite is true in his new book “What Environmentalists Need to Know About Economics” (Palgrave Macmillan).
Heeding the call of climate solutions organization 350.org, on Sunday a group of Monterey Institute students and faculty joined members of the MIIS chapter of Net Impact and students from Santa Catalina High School in Monterey to work on a reforestation project at Fort Ord. Central to the project was collecting acorns which will be raised initially at the Monterey Institute’s Our Green Thumb organic garden.
Clayton Snyder (MAIEP/MBA ’10), former leader of the Monterey chapter of Net Impact, and current manager of environmental project fulfillment at CBS, is the featured member profiled in the newest edition of Leading Business, a Net Impact publication. As a dual-degree MBA and International Environmental Policy student at the Monterey Institute, Clayton took a very active role in creating a strategy to fulfill the Institute’s goal to become carbon neutral by 2016.
The September 9 edition of the Monterey County Weekly featured Monterey Institute professor Kelley Calvert’s article “Gulf Stream: The impacts of BP’s oil spill still linger in the Southeast – and Monterey County” as its cover story. Calvert writes about her recent trip to the Gulf, shares her observations and recounts her conversations with locals.
When possible, I tailored all of my courses, papers, and projects at the Monterey Institute to dive deeper into ocean conservation issues, such as the current threats our oceans face and marine resource management, and to identify the gaps in science and management that would help ensure the protection of marine ecosystem health. Much of my studies, including an internship at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, focused on Marine Protected Areas.