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.
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.
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.