Lists of products you can drop off this week

Terra Cycle: If you haven’t stopped in to see the new Terra Cycle bin (in Samson Center), you must! You will be happy to know that Terra Cycle accepts the following items:

  • Candy wrappers
  • beauty product containers
  • Solo Cups (or any #6 plastics)
  • Ink cartridges
  • Tape Dispenser parts (any brand)

Other recyclable waste: Aside from the above items, we will be accepting the following items to help you be a good product steward:

  • Electronics (e.g. video game consoles, televisions, computers, etc.)
  • Batteries
  • CFLs
  • CDs

NIKE Shoe Recyling Drive: We are also now collecting old athletic shoes. Bring any pairs of shoes that are headed for the trash and we will help you recycle them instead! These shoes can be any brand. Nike will also accept Livestrong wristbands. However, please note that we CANNOT ACCEPT the following:

  • shoes containing metal
  • cleats or dress shoes
  • wet or damp shoes
  • sandals or flip flops
  • armbands/bracelets

*For more information, check out Nike’s website here:

Product Stewardship Week is Now Underway!

Net Impact and The Student Sustainability Council will have a table outside of Samson from 12-2 everyday this week to promote Product Stewardship Week. GREEN2 will pay MIIS $1 for every television, computer, monitor or LCD that is collected. We will also be collecting various waste electronics, ink cartridges, CFLs and batteries for drop-off at Best Buy, Staples, Home Depot and KeepSafe Storage.

The clubs will also feature Terra Cycle collection (a permanent bin to be located in Samson soon). A local not-for-profit, the Hilton Bialek Habitat will recieve .02 cents per candy wapper, beauty product (ie. shampoo bottles, old eyeliners, foundation, hairspray bottles, ect.), #5 plastics (ie. Solo cups), ink cartridges of all brands, and tape dispensers of any brand or any size. The Hitlon Bialek Habitat focuses on environmental education in Carmel Valley and for disadvantaged youth throughout Monterey County. WIN PRIZES! When you drop off a piece of waste, you will be entered into a drawing to win cool prizes! Reduce Waste, Win Prizes and Earn Cash for local causes!

Open to MIIS community (including students, faculty, and staff), club members and the Monterey community.

Oak Tree Transplanting Day: Success!

This weekend, several MIIS students spent their Saturday morning at CSUMB transplanting the Oak saplings that have been growing since last Fall.  They have gotten too big for their current pots and the time had come to move them into bigger pots to allow them to grow even bigger. The students worked very quickly to transplant about 300 saplings with very few casualties (we had to say an early goodbye to a few Oaks).

Mike working hard.

We are now one step closer to reaching our goal of carbon neutrality! Thanks to all those who participated.

We hope we will see you in the springtime when we plant these Oak Trees directly in the ground! 

Product Stewardship Week

Product Stewardship Week is upon us! During the week of October 17-21st, join the SSC in learning about what Product Stewardship is and how you can be a good product steward.

Stop by and learn about why product stewardship is beneficial not just for the environment but for our personal health and the local economy as well. We will be educating you about what products can be recycled and where you can take these products.  Also, join us in unveiling our brand new Terracycle program!

*Our booth will be set up in the Samson Center courtyard from noon to 2 pm, Monday through Friday.


Upcoming Event: MIIS Reforestation at CSUMB

Come be a part of MIIS’s efforts to reach our goal of carbon neutrality by 2016! MIIS is partnering with the Return of the Natives program at CSUMB and the Bureau of Land Management to reforest a section of abandoned land at Fort Ord with native Oak trees, which will offset the Institute’s annual carbon emissions.  Last Fall, MIIS students collected acorns at Fort Ord and have been raising them at the Our Green Thumb garden on campus.  These seedlings have gotten too big now and need to be transplanted into bigger pots so they can keep growing until we can plant them in the ground in the Springtime.

WHEN: Saturday, October 15th from 10 am -noon

WHERE: CSUMB Greenhouse

MUST RSVP: email to sign up. Space is limited to 20 people. We will make an effort to coordinate carpools.

Don’t delay. Help make neutrality a reality!