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Male and female students mingling in the public garden.

There are plenty of opportunities to participate in sustainability at and around the Institute.

Student Environmental Clubs

Net Impact

Net Impact is the hub for corporate social responsibility and social entrepreneurship on campus. Net Impact is also dedicated to increasing awareness of sustainability issues, thereby improving the environmental consciousness of the Institute community.

Our Green Thumb

Our Green Thumb inaugurated the student-led community organic garden on Van Buren Street adjacent to the Morse Building in spring 2009. Composted food waste is used as fertilizer for its crops, and the garden is just a cool place to kick back and relax.


If you want to get involved beyond campus, or just see some beautiful places, Monterey is an excellent place to be.


The Institute has partnered with the Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments (AMBAG) to offer students internship opportunities in managing greenhouse gas audits for local municipalities. A number of local businesses and organizations offer environmentally focused internships.


Central California is the agricultural supply center for the western United States. In fact the largest organic farm in the world, Earthbound Farm, has its headquarters in Carmel Valley. Organic, locally produced food is available on Mondays at the Pacific Grove Certified Farmers' Market and Tuesdays at the Old Monterey Farmers' Market. A number of community supported agriculture and fisheries programs deliver organic produce to or near campus every week, including Real Good Fish.


We are surrounded by terrestrial and marine protected areas including the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, one of the largest protected areas and richest fishing grounds in the entire world. People come from all over the world to visit the Big Sur coastline, and it is right in our backyard. Get out, discover, and enjoy the natural beauty that makes this area worth protecting. The Monterey County tourism bureau maintains the latest information on these resources.


Contact us at sustainablecampus@miis.edu with any questions or concerns, or for more information on sustainability issues at the Institute.