Updates

Student PIRGs call on states to adopt emergency absentee voting

While many states have plans to deal with emergencies like power outages, natural disasters and other one-off situations, very few states are currently set up to successfully run an election where large public gatherings, such as polling places, present a public health risk.

An update from CONNPIRG Students

We are taking recommendations from college and university leaders and public health experts and taking proactive steps to mitigate the potential impact of COVID-19 in our campus and off-campus communities.

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

UConnPIRG campaigns to reduce textbook spending

Amid skyrocketing textbook prices, members of UConnPIRG, University of Connecticut’s chapter of the Public Interest Research Group, are working to convince the university to take measures to reduce student spending on essential course materials.   “While I think that every issue that UConnPIRG focuses… 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.