Updates

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.

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.

McDonald’s Takes Step to Protect Public Health

CHICAGO: Today, McDonald’s released a new policy to restrict medically important antibiotic use in its beef supply chain.  The company says it will immediately start measuring and assessing antibiotic use in its top ten beef sourcing markets. Then, by the end of 2020. McDonald’s plans to set targets for lower use of medically-important antibiotics. 

Student-Led Movement Inspires Historic Midterm Turnout

TAMPA, FL- All preliminary results point to a record breaking surge in youth voter turnout in the 2018 midterm elections. Students working with the Public Interest Research Groups’ New Voters Project made over 375,000 Get Out the Vote contacts in 11 states.