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  • CALPIRG Homepage | CALPIRG Students
    News Releases Reports Donate Internships Work on important issues learn valuable skills get hands on experience and make a difference Get Info Students in Action Like Us Follow Us RSS Contact Students in Action Volunteers make props for upcoming hunger and homelessness events California Water Watch Learn More Its the worst drought in California history but many Californians are still using three times as much water as we need to Students are leading the way in saving water and moving to a sustainable water future Take the pledge to save water and get involved in our campaign today California GO Solar Learn More Every hour the sun shines more energy onto the earth than the entire human population uses in a year By capturing just a tiny fraction of this energy we can decrease our dependence on fossil fuels reduce global warming pollution and create thousands of new jobs Join our campaign to get California cities to GO SOLAR Take Action to Save Water Take Action Its the worst drought in California history but many Californians are still using way more water than we need to Students are leading the way in saving water and moving to a sustainable water future Take the pledge to save water and get involved in our campaign today PLEDGE CALPIRG Learn more Join thousands of other UC students and pledge CALPIRG By adding the CALPIRG fee to your student account for our own independent public interest group we can make change happen To fight global warming make college affordable make democracy work and take on any other challenges that come our way JOIN OUR TEAM OF INTERNS AND VOLUNTEERS GET INVOLVED Meet new people get involved in your community learn important skills and make a difference Find your chapter CALPIRG at UC Berkeley CALPIRG

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  • Our Mission | CALPIRG Students
    and health insurance companies have millions of dollars to spend to influence our government In order to balance out these special interests and make real change on these issues students need a voice where decisions are being made in Sacramento Oakland and Washington DC In turn CALPIRG was established by students to animate the University s mission to research problems that impact all Californnians educate the public and advocate for solutions We do this by combining the energy of students with the expertise and continuity of a professional staff of advocates and organizers who work both on and off campus to advocate for the public Over the last forty years CALPIRG has helped students become an important and credible voice to California s opinion leaders and decision makers Learn more about our accomplishments and victories Learn more about the students and staff who lead CALPIRG About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Frequently Asked Questions Campus Chapters UC Berkeley UC Davis UC Irvine UC Riverside UC San Diego UC Santa Barbara UC Santa Cruz UCLA USC Get Involved Take Action Volunteer on Campus Campus Internships Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campaigns Stopping Global Warming California Water Watch Don

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  • Our Leadership | CALPIRG Students
    she oversees CALPIRG s campus organizers in Southern California who are responsible for recruiting training and developing student leaders to run successful campaigns Read more about Jenn Engstrom Alana Fink Campus Organizer UCLA Contact person by email Alana is the campus organizer at UCLA Read more about Alana Fink Heather Goold Solar Campaign Coordinator UCSB Contact person by email Heather is Solar Campaign Coordinator at UCSB Read more about Heather Goold Murong Li Chair State Board of Directors Contact person by email Murong Li is the Chair for the statewide student Board of Directors She is also currently the Chair for UC Berkeley s chapter Read more about Murong Li Emily Rusch Executive Director Contact person by email Executive Director Emily Rusch has worked with U S PIRG the federation of state PIRGs since 2001 Read more about Emily Rusch Monica Tran Chapter Chair UCSC Contact person by email Monica is the Chapter Chair for UC Santa Cruz s chapter Read more about Monica Tran Ed Mierzwinski National Consumer Program Director 202 546 9707 x314 Contact person by email Ed Mierzwinski is the national Consumer Program Director Read more about Ed Mierzwinski Tiffany Yen Chapter Chair UCSB Contact person by email Tiffany is the Water Watch Campaign Coordinator at UC Santa Barbara Read more about Tiffany Yen About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Frequently Asked Questions Campus Chapters UC Berkeley UC Davis UC Irvine UC Riverside UC San Diego UC Santa Barbara UC Santa Cruz UCLA USC Get Involved Take Action Volunteer on Campus Campus Internships Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campaigns Stopping Global Warming California Water Watch Don t Get Ripped Off Hunger and Homelessness Protect Our Beautiful Places New Voters Project Protect Public Health 21st Century Transportation Make Textbooks Affordable Newsroom Latest Updates Blog PIRG

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  • Results | CALPIRG Students
    landmark global warming pollution law by defeating Prop 23 After making more than 160 000 get out the vote contacts CALPIRG coalition partners and voters defeated the Dirty Energy Proposition 2010 We helped over 31 820 students register to vote and had 170 000 conversations with students in the days leading up to Election Day to remind them to turn out to the polls 2010 Polluters and their allies in Congress pushed for a series of proposals to block the Clean Air Act from doing its job Teaming up with other student organizations around the country CALPIRG volunteers convinced lawmakers to stop these rollbacks 2010 We partnered with AmeriCorps to launch Energy Service Corps to reduce energy use and take the mystery out of energy efficiency We give people the tools and knowledge they need to stop energy from seeping out of their homes We serve their immediate needs while also acting as the catalyst in the community to greater energy efficiency Since 2010 we have educated over 100 000 kids about ways the can save energy 2010 Helped protect our oceans and coasts from new offshore drilling More than 400 000 Americans signed petitions and made calls to the Obama administration which later announced that it will protect the coasts of the continental United States from new drilling through 2017 2010 2013 Helped pass key components of the Affordable Care Act to lower health care costs for families including young adults by allowing them to stay on their parents coverage until age 26 We released the Young Persons Guide to Health Care So you need health insurance now what 2010 Helped to pass the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act which among other things adds 36 billion into the Pell grant program improves the Income Based Repayment program benefiting 1 million borrowers by capping repayment at no more than ten percent of their salary and allowing for loan forgiveness after 20 years CALPIRG Student Chapters and Student PIRG lobbying and organizing over the past several years was critical to the passage of this historic law 2010 Students in California joined together with thousands of students on campuses across the country through our annual Hunger Cleanup each April to raise money and volunteer in a day of service in their communities Since students started this annual tradition in 1984 more than 150 000 have volunteered and their combined efforts have raised over 2 million This year in addition to service events and food drives CALPIRG students donated funds to relief projects in Haiti 2009 Helped pass strong legislation called the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure CARD Act that will end some of the worst abuses of the credit card industry including some which are often targeted at college students 2008 CALPIRG students played a critical role in passing Prop 1A to bring a High Speed train to California We started with a Spring Break tour in March to build awareness of the measure and help keep it on the ballot Right before election day students across the state held a huge day of action that educated over 200 000 Californians about Prop 1A We also put on Forums throughout the state produced a Public Service Announcement and got media coverage of the issue 2008 CALPIRG students helped get an Affordable Textbooks provision included in the federal Higher Education Opportunity Act The provision helps lower the cost of textbooks for millions of students by requiring publishers to disclose textbook pricing and revision information to faculty and requiring publishers to offer textbooks and supplemental materials unbundled It also asks colleges to provide the list of assigned textbooks including prices for each course when students are registering for classes 2008 CALPIRG students and USPIRG surveyed over 2 000 students and released a subsequent report The Campus Credit Card Trap which garnered nationwide media coverage 2008 Students working on CALPIRG s New Voters Project worked in a coalition to help register over 15 500 students In the days leading up to the election we contacted over 60 000 students to remind them to vote through phone banks door to door outreach including Trick or Vote events on Halloween and text messages 2007 Joined the nationwide Student PIRGs What s Your Plan Campaign which talked to the presidential candidates over 100 times on the campaign trail to ask them about their plans for global warming and higher education 2007 We helped pass the College Cost Reduction and Access Act the largest increase in federal student aid in 20 years This law also made dramatic cuts in interest rates for student loans We followed up by helping pass the Higher Education Opportunity Act which was signed by President Bush in August 2008 That law contains several important policy changes including an increase in the maximum authorized level of the Pell Grant to 9 000 2006 Clean Energy Victory On May 26 the CALPIRG Student Chapter at University of California Santa Cruz officially won their campaign to bring 100 renewable energy to the campus Over 70 of the student body voted to assess themselves a 3 fee per quarter to pay for any added costs of buying all of their energy from clean renewable sources like wind and solar power The CALPIRG Student Chapter helped to write and put the question on the student ballot and then did aggressive outreach to encourage students to vote for the measure Only a handful of colleges in the country currently buy all of their energy from clean sources 2006 UC Irvine CALPIRG students joined with ASUCI and other groups to make sure that students voted in favor of a plan to upgrade the campus buses to biodiesel and add more routes on campus 2006 After a year long campaign by CALPIRG students in coalition with groups from across California Governor Schwarzenegger petitioned the Bush Administration to protect all 4 4 million acres of National Forest in CA from development CALPIRG students gathered over 1000 public comments signed on 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  • Frequently Asked Questions | CALPIRG Students
    and our community that extend beyond the borders of campus like clean air college affordability health care These are issues that impact students as students but also as citizens You can t solve these problems just on campus you have to go off campus Large special interests that we are taking on to solve these problems are off campus the textbooks industry oil and coal lobby If students have any chance of being able to take on these powerful interests we need a voice where decisions are make in Sacramento and DC This is where our staff comes in While students can t be in Sacramento and DC every day working on our campaigns our staff can How does CALPIRG choose its issues CALPIRG is run by an all student board of directors who decides which campaigns to work on and which issues to prioritize Any student can bring campaign ideas to the statewide board The student board makes it s decisions based on which campaigns fit within CALPIRG s mission which is to fight for the public interest and to provide the greatest good for the greatest number of people over the longest period of time Who runs CALPIRG We are 100 funded and directed by a student board of directors made up of students from campuses across the state We hire a professional staff of experts to help us manage the organization on a day to day basis How do I get involved There are many ways to get involved with CALPIRG We have an internship program on campus for course credit Interns take on leadership roles running a part of or a whole campaign for the public interest and learn the skills necessary by working closely with our on campus staff If you don t have time for an internship there are many ways to volunteer And if you don t have time for that you can help by contributing financially Complete this form if you are interested in getting involved and our organizer on your campus will contact you How do I contribute financially If you are a student at a UC campus you can contribute through the CALPIRG voluntary pledge fee You can sign up with a CALPIRG representative on campus any term during our pledge drives which are traditionally in the middle of the term If you are not a student at UC you can still contribute through our Donate page How does the pledge fee work The CALPIRG pledge fee is only charged to those students that opt in to pay You can sign up by completing a CALPIRG pledge card Once you sign up it is a reoccurring fee each term until you graduate Once you graduate the fee will automatically stop The amount of the fee varies depending on the UC campus you attend Financially aid covers the fee on some campuses but not all If you have further questions about your specific campus email info calpirgstudents org How do I

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  • Local Chapters | CALPIRG Students
    UC Santa Cruz UCLA USC Get Involved Take Action Volunteer on Campus Campus Internships Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campaigns Stopping Global Warming California Water Watch Don t Get Ripped Off Hunger and Homelessness Protect Our Beautiful Places New Voters Project Protect Public Health 21st Century Transportation Make Textbooks Affordable Newsroom Latest Updates Blog PIRG in the News News Releases Reports Donate Internships Work on important issues learn

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  • CALPIRG at UC Berkeley | CALPIRG Students
    offer opportunities for you to become an intern or volunteer where you can learn a variety of skills while really making a difference By joining CALPIRG you can see how easy it is to get involved in a large movement for social change This semester we re working on Continuing to fight global warming with the Berkeley Go Solar Campaign Conserving water in Berkeley with the Water Watch Campaign Saving Antibiotics by convincing Subway to buy antibiotic free meat Students support can go a long way The thing that makes us so effective is that 15 of our students pledge to pay 10 on their bill every semester to fund CALPIRG When we share our resources we can stand up to powerful opposition that generate enough profit to influence lawmakers in their favor with ease Students contributions help us make students voices just as influential allowing us to hire our own professional staff to train students to run effective campaigns as well as advocate in Sacramento and Washington DC full time on our behalf Pledging CALPIRG If you have questions about our CALPIRG pledge system visit our Frequently Asked Questions Page Latest News Seven tips to save water in the drought 01 14 2015 Use the washing machine for full loads only Wash dark clothes in cold water This saves water and energy and helps clothes retain their color When washing dishes by hand More Intern this quarter to make a difference 01 07 2015 This term we are working to stop global warming by pushing cities across the state to get more of their energy from solar power We will also be working to reduce water More THANK YOU 12 30 2014 Protecting our oceans by banning plastic grocery bags statewide Millions of pounds of plastic trash are floating in our ocean killing hundreds of marine animals every year More 1 of 12 next UC Berkeley Chapter Slideshow CALPIRG works with ASUC to help register students to vote on Sproul CALPIRG students asking Governor Jerry Brown what his plan is to make higher education more affordable Calling on the state legislature to protect CalGrant funding we presented our Doors of Opportunity signed by hundreds of students on the capitol steps All the cool kids register to vote with the Vote Boat Check out the I m Gonna Vote video on youtube It s getting hot in hurr call your Senator to help stop global warming And take off all your clothes Look Mom I m on TV Talking about why politicians should pay attention to young people outside the gubernatorial debate in Sacramento Kat and Lucas with Van Jones at a No on Prop 23 phonebank CALPIRG students collected over 160 000 pledges to vote no on the Dirty Energy Proposition in what the LA Times calls the largest environmental campaign in the nation s history City Councilman Kriss Worthington two time Nobel Laureaut Bob Hass and many other partners joined CALPIRG students and the 3000 petitions we gathered

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  • CALPIRG at UC Davis | CALPIRG Students
    Stop the Overuse of Antibiotics on Factory Farms Latest News Seven tips to save water in the drought 01 14 2015 Use the washing machine for full loads only Wash dark clothes in cold water This saves water and energy and helps clothes retain their color When washing dishes by hand More Intern this quarter to make a difference 01 07 2015 This term we are working to stop global warming by pushing cities across the state to get more of their energy from solar power We will also be working to reduce water More THANK YOU 12 30 2014 Protecting our oceans by banning plastic grocery bags statewide Millions of pounds of plastic trash are floating in our ocean killing hundreds of marine animals every year More 1 of 11 next UC Davis Chapter Slideshow Intern Manny Rin showcasing clean cars during the Electric Vehicle Cruise at the Cool Davis Festival This Halloween the Hunger and Homelessness Campaign collected over 150 canned food items for local food banks during their Trick Or Can event Chapter Chair Donna Farvard interviewing with the media during a Ban the Bag event CALPIRG interns successfully collect almost 500 petitions to make textbooks more affordable during their Textbook Rebellion event CALPIRG holds a press conference on the quad in order to highlight the number of plastic bags that end up in our oceans Let s Ban the Bag Students collect photo petitions to end global warming Vice Chair Tony Beck dresses as a plastic bag monster for a Davis City Council meeting encouraging them to ban plastic bangs in Davis UC Davis Energy Service Corps promoted energy efficiency programs educated community members and handed out CFL lightbulbs at the Woodland Farmers Market UC Davis students kick off a TEXT 2 GIVE table for Somalia

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