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  • California Go Solar! | CALPIRG Students
    cities can take to Go Solar We then work to get our city to adopt these local solar policies This will make it easier for more people to go solar quicker across the state and help us develop more solar champions to defend solar in the future Many city council members go on to run for other political office so we will be building champions for the long run too In most of our community there are city council leaders who do care about tackling this problem and would love to champion a good solar policy initiative for their city We will work to identify solar leaders in the city council to support City Go Solar Solar is very popular 92 of voters in a national poll supported policies to expand solar power so once we have the leaders we just need to create opportunities for them to lead on the issue We will do this by showing them the strong public support from campuses the local business community and neighborhoods We need volunteers to help organize visible events on campus that demonstrate the popularity of solar and build the momentume we need to win Most campuses are already planning solar powered rock concerts solar powered dance parties and solar powered smoothie events on campus Get Involved today to help make sure we win Campaign Updates Blog Post Energy Energy Service Week The AmeriCorps Members in CALPIRG s Energy Service Corps Campaign Educated 600 school kids from 1st grade to 5th grade today at a local elementary school dressed in homemade costumes The costumes featured energy efficient light bulbs and energy star appliances They educated each grade level in the cafeteria with fun games and posters with images of clean energy and the right ways to save energy All grade levels increased their test scores their knowledge about energy use and learned new forms of renewable energy Keep Reading Add new comment Blog Post Energy All of the Lights Ever walk down a street on Christmas and see each house with their Christmas lights on Ever wonder how much energy that must be wasting Energy Service Corps a partnered program of CALPIRG and AmeriCorps is working to educate the next generation about energy conservation Students from the Energy Service Corps program at UCSC educated a class of 4th graders at Westlake Elementary on the importance of conserving energy One of the most basic tips for these students was to turn off the lights Keep Reading Add new comment Report CALPIRG Energy Squandering the Stimulus An Analysis of Household Gas Spending Economic Stimulus Checks and the Need for Better Transportation Options An Analysis of Household Gas Spending Economic Stimulus Checks and the Need for Better Transportation Options Nothing illustrates how the lack of transportation options hurts consumers and our economy more than the fact that since approval of the tax rebates in February Americans on average have already spent the amount of their stimulus checks at the pump Keep Reading Report

    Original URL path: http://calpirgstudents.org/campaigns/ca/california-go-solar?page=2 (2016-04-29)
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  • California Go Solar! | CALPIRG Students
    policies that allow solar power to flourish If we want to keep moving closer to 100 renewable energy we need a proactive ground campaign to continue to build support and implement policies that will work to expand solar and build up local champs to defend our solar future Our goal is to get cities across California to Go Solar by committing to ambitious solar goals and implementing policies to go solar A recent report by Environment America Shining Cities shows that the cities leading the way with solar development have taken proactive steps to make solar a simple affordable option for all residents We can work with Environment California staff experts to narrow down these policies into ten simple steps cities can take to Go Solar We then work to get our city to adopt these local solar policies This will make it easier for more people to go solar quicker across the state and help us develop more solar champions to defend solar in the future Many city council members go on to run for other political office so we will be building champions for the long run too In most of our community there are city council leaders who do care about tackling this problem and would love to champion a good solar policy initiative for their city We will work to identify solar leaders in the city council to support City Go Solar Solar is very popular 92 of voters in a national poll supported policies to expand solar power so once we have the leaders we just need to create opportunities for them to lead on the issue We will do this by showing them the strong public support from campuses the local business community and neighborhoods We need volunteers to help organize visible events on campus that demonstrate the popularity of solar and build the momentume we need to win Most campuses are already planning solar powered rock concerts solar powered dance parties and solar powered smoothie events on campus Get Involved today to help make sure we win Campaign Updates Blog Post Energy Apply Now AmeriCorps Scholarships Available Click here to apply to be an AmeriCorps member with CALPIRG s Energy Service Corps As an AmeriCorps member you ll work to promote energy efficiency in your community You ll help the environment serve your community and earn an education stipend to pay for tuition student loans and other educational expenses Keep Reading Add new comment Blog Post Energy Slay the vampires save the world I thought I should warn you that vampires have likely invaded your room Don t be alarmed You can handle this Keep Reading Add new comment Media Hit Energy UC Students replace lightbulbs at Merced Fairgrounds Video CALPIRG s Energy Service Corps spent their spring break week weatherizing the Merced fairgrounds building Click on link to watch Keep Reading Media Hit Energy Students Weatherize Salvation Army Shelter This weatherization event was part of the Energy Alternative Spring Break Service Trip

    Original URL path: http://calpirgstudents.org/campaigns/ca/california-go-solar?page=3 (2016-04-29)
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  • Squandering the Stimulus: An Analysis of Household Gas Spending, Economic Stimulus Checks, and the Need for Better Transportation Options | CALPIRG Students
    will have already spent over 1 500 at the gas pump since February 13th when President Bush signed the tax rebate checks into law The situation is akin to families signing over their rebate checks to big oil companies like Exxon Mobil or sending them to oil producing countries like Saudi Arabia We can reduce our crippling dependence on oil through long term solutions that will make it easier for Americans to drive less Modern buses light rail commuter rail and other forms of transit more efficiently move passengers with less fuel Transit also reduces traffic congestion and encourages more compact development patterns which in turn further reduce the amount Americans must drive Existing public transportation already reduces America s oil dependence Analysis by U S PIRG shows that net oil savings from public transportation totaled 3 4 billion gallons in 2006 the last year for which full data on transit agency and ridership is currently available These oil savings are enough to fuel 5 8 million cars for an entire year and to save about 13 6 billion in gasoline at today s prices Comparing spending on transportation in neighborhoods with different access to rail and bus routes underscores the gas saving benefits of public transit according to newly released analysis by the Center for Neighborhood Technology CNT as part of a Brookings Institution project Based on analysis of 2000 Census data in 52 metro areas neighborhoods with the best access to transit routes spent an average of 728 monthly on all transportation costs including gas insurance upkeep and transit fares Households in communities with the least access to transit by contrast spent an average of 925 per month Public transit solutions can do far more At present underfunded transit agencies are struggling to keep up with the record

    Original URL path: http://calpirgstudents.org/reports/ca/squandering-stimulus-analysis-household-gas-spending-economic-stimulus-checks-and-need (2016-04-29)
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  • Next Stop California: The Benefits of High-Speed Rail Around the World and What’s in Store for California | CALPIRG Students
    speed rail is generally more reliable than air or car travel The average delay on Japan s Shinkansen system is 36 seconds Spain s railway operator offers a money back guarantee if train related delays exceed five minutes High speed rail can create jobs and boost local economies California s high speed rail system could help position the state for economic success in the 21st century while creating short term jobs in construction Construction of high speed rail lines creates thousands of temporary jobs For example about 8 000 people were involved in construction of the high speed rail link between London and the Channel Tunnel Well designed high speed rail stations located in city centers spark economic development and encourage revitalization of urban areas o A study of the Frankfurt Cologne high speed rail line in Germany estimated that areas surrounding two towns with new high speed rail stations experienced a 2 7 percent increase in overall economic activity compared with the rest of the region o Office space in the vicinity of high speed rail stations in France and northern Europe generally fetches higher rents than in other parts of the same cities o The city of Lyon experienced a 43 percent increase in the amount of office space near its high speed rail station following the completion of a high speed rail link to Paris o Property values near stations on Japan s Shinkansen network have been estimated to be 67 percent higher than property values further away o Several cities have used high speed rail as the catalyst for ambitious urban redevelopment efforts The city of Lille France used its rail station as the core of a multi use development that now accommodates 6 000 jobs The new international high speed rail terminal at London s St Pancras station is the centerpiece of a major redevelopment project that will add 1 800 residential units as well as hotels offices and cultural venues in the heart of London High speed rail can expand labor markets and increase the potential for face to face interactions that create value in the growing knowledge economy A British study projects that the construction of the nation s first high speed rail line will lead to more than 26 billion in net economic benefits over the next 60 years High speed rail lines generally cover their operating costs with fare revenues In California a financially sustainable high speed rail system would deliver on the promise made to voters in Proposition 1A that the system will not require operating subsidies from taxpayers High speed rail service generates enough operating profit that it can subsidize other less profitable intercity rail lines in countries such as France and Spain as well as in the U S Northeast Two high speed rail lines the French TGV line between Paris and Lyon and the original Japanese Shinkansen line from Tokyo to Osaka have covered their initial costs of construction through fares Properly planned high speed rail can

    Original URL path: http://calpirgstudents.org/reports/ca/next-stop-california-benefits-high-speed-rail-around-world-and-what%E2%80%99s-store-california (2016-04-29)
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  • Unacceptable Risk: Two Decades of “Close Calls,” Leaks and Other Problems at U.S. Nuclear Reactors | CALPIRG Students
    of the vessel head could have resulted in the loss of coolant and damage to the plant s control rods creating the conditions for rapid overheating of the reactor core and possible release of radiation In 1996 critical systems at a reactor at Catawba Nuclear Station in South Carolina were without power for several hours when the plant lost outside power at the same time that one of its emergency generators was out of service for maintenance In 1994 workers accidentally allowed 9 200 gallons of coolant to drain from the core of a reactor at Wolf Creek nuclear power plant in Kansas The plant s operators estimated that the condition had it persisted for five more minutes could have led to the plant s fuel rods being exposed and put at risk of overheating In 1991 valves and drain lines in an emergency shutdown system failed at the Shearon Harris nuclear power plant in North Carolina Had an emergency occurred during that failure the plant may not have been able to be shut down safely At least one out of every four U S nuclear reactors 27 out of 104 have leaked tritium a cancer causing radioactive form of hydrogen into groundwater Among the accidental releases of radioactive material from U S nuclear power plants in the past decade are The leakage of radioactive material into groundwater at New Jersey s Salem nuclear power plant a leak that was discovered in 2002 after it had already been going on for five years Subsequently a similar leak of tritium was discovered at New Jersey s Oyster Creek power plant just one week after the plant received a 20 year license extension The leakage of radioactive tritium into groundwater at the Braidwood Nuclear Generating Station in Illinois The leakage of both tritium and radioactive strontium from the spent fuel pools at the Indian Point Energy Center in New York which are located just 400 feet from the Hudson River The discovery of tritium in groundwater near the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant even though the plant s owner Entergy had stated several times in sworn testimony that the plant had no subterranean pipes capable of leaking radioactive material In recent years American nuclear power plants have frequently been forced to rely on safety systems to react to unexpected events However these safety systems often fail to work as expected Safety systems are the emergency diesel generators and emergency cooling systems that activate if the reactor loses power or needs to shut down rapidly In 2009 approximately 70 failures in key safety systems were found at U S nuclear reactors That same year U S reactors were required to activate safety systems approximately 24 times Should these two types of events overlap at the same facility a serious problem could result To protect the public from the inherent dangers of nuclear power the United States should take a time out on nuclear relicensing and construction until safety problems at nuclear plants are

    Original URL path: http://calpirgstudents.org/reports/ca/unacceptable-risk-two-decades-%E2%80%9Cclose-calls%E2%80%9D-leaks-and-other-problems-us-nuclear-reactors (2016-04-29)
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  • action NOW to ensure we have a sustainable future let us know how you can help I pledge to save water by Please fill in a valid value for all required fields Please ensure all values are in a proper format Are you sure you want to leave this form and resume later You must upload one of the following file types for the selected field There was an error

    Original URL path: http://calpirgstudents.org/sites/student/files/cap-waterwatch/index.html (2016-04-29)
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  • California Water Watch | CALPIRG Students
    off the water while you lather Take Action on Campus to Conserve Water Campaign Updates News Release CALPIRG Students Energy Coalition Delivers 130 000 Signatures to CPUC In Support of California s Successful Solar Net Metering Program Keep Reading News Release Student PIRGs Higher Ed Textbooks DURBIN FRANKEN KING INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO HELP MAKE COLLEGE TEXTBOOKS MORE AFFORDABLE Keep Reading News Release U S Department of Education Textbooks U S Department of Education Announces First Ever Open Education Adviser Position The U S Department of Education announced today the hiring of the first ever open education adviser to lead a national effort to expand schools access to high quality openly licensed learning resources Keep Reading News Release U S PIRG Textbooks U S PIRG Joins 91 Organizations In Calling on White House to Open Access to Federally Funded Educational Resources Today U S PIRG along with a broad coalition of 91 education organizations institutions of higher education technology companies and foundations called on the White House to ensure federally funded educational materials are made freely available to the public as the administration develops an Open Government Partnership plan this fall Keep Reading Report CALPIRG Education Fun Consumer Protection CarMax Sales Practices Endangers Lives in California California has adopted some of the most effective laws in the nation aimed at reducing vehicle crashes including many that focus on driver behavior In addition the state licenses and regulates auto dealers who sell motor vehicles to the public and has adopted laws to ensure that the cars they sell are safe for operation on the roads Keep Reading Pages first previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next last View All RSS Feed About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Frequently Asked Questions Campus Chapters UC Berkeley UC Davis UC

    Original URL path: http://calpirgstudents.org/campaigns/ca/california-water-watch?page=1 (2016-04-29)
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  • California Water Watch | CALPIRG Students
    water Take 5 minute showers instead of 10 minute showers Turn the water off when brushing or shaving Turn off the water while washing your hair When washing your hands turn off the water while you lather Take Action on Campus to Conserve Water Campaign Updates Media Hit Higher Ed Why McGraw Hill Is Offering 100 for Your usedtextbookproblems McGraw Hill launched transparent attempt to put down and undermine the used textbook market and we can t let it go unanswered Keep Reading Media Hit Textbooks Open Textbooks The Current State of Play Use of open textbooks one form of OER is gaining traction across different types of colleges and universities and the catalog of OER textbooks continues to expand Keep Reading Media Hit Textbooks The Death of Textbooks Artificially intelligent software is reshaping traditional teaching materials but it s unclear what the new technology will take away from the learning experience Keep Reading Media Hit Textbooks Student Groups Pressure Colleges Over the Insane Cost of Textbooks Students can spend 1 300 per year on textbooks but online textbooks could ease that burden a new analysis finds Keep Reading Media Hit Higher Ed Textbooks Putting a Dent in College Costs With Open Source Textbooks College students could save an average of 128 a course if traditional textbooks were replaced with free or low cost open source electronic versions a new report finds Keep Reading Pages first previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next last View All RSS Feed 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

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