Reducing Plastic Pollution
This past spring semester, the Zero Waste Campaign here in Connecticut 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
This past year with our New Voters Project at UConn Storrs, we were able to register over 2,500 students to vote, and increase voter turnout at the Mansfield Community Center by 90% compared to the 2014 midterm elections. 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.