International Environmental Policy

MIIS Receives $1 Million Gift to Fund New Academic and Research Center Focused on Ocean Policy

The Monterey Institute of International Studies, a graduate school of Middlebury College, announced on March 2 that it has received a $1 million gift from San Francisco residents and Middlebury College parents Robin and Deborah Hicks in their capacities as trustees of the Loker Foundation.

Middlebury Geology Professors Using Monterey Coast as a Teaching Tool at MIIS

When they’re not otherwise occupied teaching their Winter term course Ocean Perspective: Energy and Mineral Resources to Coastal Dynamics and Management at the Monterey Institute, you’re likely to find Pat and Tom Manley somewhere along the memorable Monterey area shoreline scouting for good geological examples to show students.

MIIS Students Focus on Professional Development During Winter Term

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. 

Marisa Bowersox: Our Green Thumb's Community Garden

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.


MIIS Community Garden
426 Van Buren St.
Monterey, CA 93940
United States
36° 36' 0.6768" N, 121° 53' 51.5148" W

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.

MIIS Offers New Avenue to Admission with Modified Language Requirement for Prospective Students

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.

Sustainable Business Practices in Action: MIIS Student Describes Amazing Summer at Nike

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.

Professor Jason Scorse’s New Book Explains “What Environmentalists Need to Know About Economics”

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).

MIIS Students & Faculty Join Fort Ord Reforestation Effort in Support of

Heeding the call of climate solutions organization, 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.

Net Impact Spotlights MIIS Efforts to Achieve Carbon Neutrality by 2016

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.