Reducing Plastic Pollution
In 2019, CONNPIRG’s Zero Waste Campaign lobbied our elected officials in Hartford, and after a lot of hard work, got a statewide plastic bag ban passed! It will go into effect in 2021.
The Zero Waste campaign started locally, successfully petitioning Dining Services at UConn Storrs to phase out single use bags on campus, and packing town halls in Mansfield, CT, where we helped pass a town-wide bag ban. We then took that work to the State Legislature, where our work paid off!
Getting Out the Youth Vote
In 2020, our New Voters Project helped register over 500 students to vote and made nearly 10,000 personalized peer-to-peer get-out-the-vote contacts across the state of Connecticut to turn out the youth vote. Now, the New Voters Project is working towards institutionalizing voter registration on campus and increasing civic engagement.
Dunkin’ Retires the Foam Cup!
ConnPIRG’s campaign calling on Dunkin’ Donuts to phase out their use of foam cups led to the company making a global commitment to end all use of foam by 2020.
UConn Becomes “Bee Friendly Campus”!
ConnPIRG qualified UConn Storrs as the FIRST Bee Friendly Campus in Connecticut.
Read more about our history here.