Current Campaigns

Break Free From Plastic

Our economy encourages the use of single use plastics because of their convenience, but all of this plastic pollution is taking a big toll on our environment and impacting our wildlife and public health. Nothing we use for a few minutes should stay on our planet forever so that’s why we’re working to get campuses across the state to commit to banning single use plastics and working to pass town resolutions to create a more sustainable community.

New Voters Project

We know our democracy works best when everyone’s voice is heard. But right now, there are too many barriers that make it difficult for young people to be involved in our democracy from not having an early polling place on campus to not knowing how to get registered. That’s why we’re working to protect our democracy and make it easier for students to vote by institutionalizing the voting process on our campus and creating a campus wide voter engagement plan.

College Affordability Campaign

Textbooks are really expensive- the average student spends over a thousand dollars each year. So we’re working to get professors pledge that they will keep affordability in mind when assigning course materials, including thinking twice before assigning an access code. We’ve already gotten almost 400 professors statewide to make this commitment, but we’ll continue this work until all students have access to affordable course materials.

Hunger and Homlessness

No one should have to worry about whether they will have food on their plate or a roof over their head. But the reality is that hunger and homelessness are widespread problems that affect far too many people. Our campaign works to fight hunger on campus and in our community through a combination of direct service, fundraising events, and political advocacy. As students, we have the ideas, solutions and resources to make change – and by joining together, we can end hunger and homelessness.

Read more about PIRG’s national campaigns here!