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! 

Film Café: Food Miles

Join MGA (Monterey Green Action) and MIIS SSC at East Village this Thursday (right after the SSC kick-off meeting) for a film showing of Food Miles, a part of PBS’ e2 Transport series.  It’s short, punchy, and really gets to the heart of energy inputs in the modern industrial agricultural system.  The episode focuses on our industrial food system as well as the cheap fossil fuels that feed it. Interviewees include Michael Pollan, farmers, and economists. There will be a discussion following the film about some of the positive local ways to get involved including farmer’s markets, CSAs and urban gardening.

There will be a speaker. (Speaker TBA)

Check out the trailer here!

SSC Announcements: Upcoming events and meetings

Hi everyone!
Please take a note of these upcoming meetings and events:

FIRST SSC meeting 

Come join us for our first kick-off meeting of the semester.  It’s time for us to roll up our sleeves, get down-and-dirty, and walk the talk! We have been brainstorming great ideas for this new semester , but we need all your help.

When: Thursday, September 29th @ 6:00 pm

Where: Holland Center

*Snacks will be provided.

Film Café: Food Miles

Join MGA (Monterey Green Action) and the MIIS SSC for a film showing a part of the PBS series e2: Food Miles. A discussion about some of the positive local ways to get involved including farmer’s markets, CSAs and urban gardening will follow the film.

When: Thursday, 7-8:30 pm (right after the SSC meeting!)

Where:  East Village Coffee Lounge

498 Washington Street; Monterey, CA

Sustainable Cookbook Planning Meeting

The Sustainable Cookbook team will meet to pick up where we left off last semester. New members are welcome to join and learn about the project.  We will be assigning tasks, creating a new timeline and discuss book organization.  For questions, contact Noe:

When: Monday, October 3rd @ 6:00 pm

Where: tbd

Transplanting Oaks–MIIS Reforestation Project 

Last year, students gathered acorns at Fort Ord and have been raising them in the Our Green Thumb garden.  It’s now time to repot the acorn seedlings in larger pots!

Check back on the blog this week for details.

When: Saturday, October 8th from 10 am to  pm

Where: CSUMB (Cal State University Monterey Bay) Greenhouse

RISE event THIS Saturday!!

Don’t forget that this Saturday is the event, RISE, at the Fisherman’s Wharf in Monterey!

Read what the Monterey County Weekly wrote regarding the event.

What: Climate Change Awareness Walk. Experts provide insights and possible solutions. Walk highlights a 1-3 meter increase in sea level.

When: September 24th, 10-noon

Where: Fisherman’s Wharf

The walk will be followed be a FREE community picnic.

See you there! Rain or shine.

Questions? Contact: Jeff Condit at; 415-571-6738 event Poster Making

Last Thursday evening, on September 15th, a handful of SSC members gathered at the home of MIIS alumnus Jeff Condit to make posters for the upcoming Climate Change Awareness walk, a event, in Monterey.  The group wrote various climate change facts on pieces of cardboard. The facts will then be passed around during the event.

The Climate Change Awareness walk is a 3 mile walk around Lake El Estero in downtown Monterey following the predicted coastline if a 1-3 meter increase in sea level occurs.  Speakers include local government officials, sea level rise scientists from local research institutions, and academics, who will provide insights and possible solutions to the challenges of climate change in Monterey Bay.

 The Climate Change Awareness Walk will take place on Saturday, September 24th from 10:00 am to noon. Participants meet at Fisherman’s Wharf. A free commmunity picnic will follow the walk at Windows on the Bay.  Hope to see you there!





A big thank you to everybody who came out to help! You left a huge pile of climate change facts and hopefully you learned some things yourself!


SSC Club at the Club Fair!

Welcome back to school! We hope you’ve had a great summer and are ready for a great semester. We know we certainly are. To kick off the semester, we will be at the Club Fair on Thursday, September 8th.  Stop by the table and sign up!

The Club Fair will be held in the Samson Center courtyard from noon to 2:00. We hope to see you there!

MPA Watch: A Citizen Action Network for Healthy Oceans

The Otter Project is recruiting volunteers for MPA Watch. Our next training is Saturday, May 7th from 10am-2pm at 615 Abrego St. in Monterey.

What is MPA watch?

It’s new program coordinated by The Otter Project. The program trains citizen volunteers to monitor resource use in and around MPAs. Data will be collected and analyzed to answer the following questions:

  • Are certain activities increasing around MPAs (i.e. increased wildlife viewing, diving, etc.)?
  • Are regulations being followed?
  • What are the threats and benefits of MPA use?

Answering these questions can help managers and stakeholders tailor enforcement and outreach efforts.

For more information contact the Otter Project at

You can sign up at their volunteer website