Updates

Column: Let’s HuskyEngage in democracy with USG and UConnPIRG!

On Sept. 28, UConn’s Undergraduate Student Government (USG) and Public Interest Research Group (UConnPIRG) will co-host the on-campus HuskyEngage Summit in McHugh Hall from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This event will expose students to each organization’s initiatives, but more importantly it’s meant to provide a… Read more

A look into voting at the University of Connecticut

University of Connecticut students voted in the 2018 midterm elections at a 44% turnout, slightly higher than the national average for college students.   According to recent studies from Rutgers University and the National Study of Learning, Voting and Engagement (NSLVE), over 7.5… Read more

Making Change Happen: UConn PIRG’s plans for the fall semester

UConnPIRG, the University of Connecticut’s chapter of the Public Interest Research Group, wants to make the world better one change at a time, said Emily O’Hara, UConnPIRG chapter chair, UConnPIRG students board of directors vice chair, New Voters Project coordinator and seventh-semester political science and English double major. … Read more

Connecticut takes steps to reduce plastic waste, bans single-use plastic grocery bags

Hartford – It’s no secret that plastic pollution is littering our oceans. Public consciousness about the prevalence of plastic has heightened in recent years and is causing individuals to use their own metal straws, reusable water bottles, and grocery bags. Some say that individual choices to be more sustainable are good, but that we need more broad-sweeping action in order to move toward a zero waste society.

Dining Services switches from plastic to paper bags

University of Connecticut Dining Services and UConnPIRG are collaborating to eliminate plastic bags on campus and replace them with environmentally-friendly brown paper bags, according to dining services director C. Dennis Pierce and PIRG member Kelly Rafferty.