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  • MASSPIRG | Together we can make change happen Students
    of OER is gaining traction across different types of colleges and universities and the catalog of OER textbooks continues to expand More The Atlantic 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 More Bloomberg News 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 More Pages 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next last View All MASSPIRG Homepage About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Chapters Berkshire Community College Fitchburg State University Holyoke Community College Mass College of Liberal Arts MassBay Community College Middlesex Community College North Shore Community College Salem State University UMass Amherst UMass Boston UMass Dartmouth UMass Lowell Westfield State University Get Involved Take Action Volunteer on Campus Campus Internships Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campaigns Make Textbooks Affordable 100 Renewable Energy Stop Overuse of Antibiotics Get Big Money out of Politics New Voters Project Hunger and Homelessness Newsroom Latest Updates Blog News Releases PIRG in the News Reports DONATE Search form Search Students in Action Like Us Follow Us RSS Contact MASSPIRG Students in Action North Shore student Kaitlyn Heathman speaks at a press conference releasing our transportation report Common Connections Students support more affordable textbooks Students at UMASS Boston show off their energy efficiency knowledge Students at Fitchburg State table for the homeless UMASS Amherst students support more and better public transit UMASS Boston students pose with Chancellor Motley Students at UMASS Lowell and Dean of Students Larry Siegel support ending agricultural subsidies for unhealthy fiood Tell Your Elected Leaders Support 100 Clean Energy Take Action We can build support

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  • MASSPIRG | Together we can make change happen Students
    of OER is gaining traction across different types of colleges and universities and the catalog of OER textbooks continues to expand More The Atlantic 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 More Bloomberg News 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 More Pages 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next last View All MASSPIRG Homepage About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Chapters Berkshire Community College Fitchburg State University Holyoke Community College Mass College of Liberal Arts MassBay Community College Middlesex Community College North Shore Community College Salem State University UMass Amherst UMass Boston UMass Dartmouth UMass Lowell Westfield State University Get Involved Take Action Volunteer on Campus Campus Internships Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campaigns Make Textbooks Affordable 100 Renewable Energy Stop Overuse of Antibiotics Get Big Money out of Politics New Voters Project Hunger and Homelessness Newsroom Latest Updates Blog News Releases PIRG in the News Reports DONATE Search form Search Students in Action Like Us Follow Us RSS Contact MASSPIRG Students in Action North Shore student Kaitlyn Heathman speaks at a press conference releasing our transportation report Common Connections Students support more affordable textbooks Students at UMASS Boston show off their energy efficiency knowledge Students at Fitchburg State table for the homeless UMASS Amherst students support more and better public transit UMASS Boston students pose with Chancellor Motley Students at UMASS Lowell and Dean of Students Larry Siegel support ending agricultural subsidies for unhealthy fiood Tell Your Elected Leaders Support 100 Clean Energy Take Action We can build support

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  • Volunteer with your MASSPIRG Chapter! | MASSPIRG Students
    build support for a future marked by 100 clean renewable energy Urge restaurant chains to stop selling meat raised on antibiotics Educate faculty about open source textbooks as an alternative to unnecessarily expensive textbooks Provide direct service to the local hungry and homeless populations To find out about volunteer opportunities on your campus SIGN UP About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Chapters Berkshire Community College Fitchburg State University Holyoke Community College Mass College of Liberal Arts MassBay Community College Middlesex Community College North Shore Community College Salem State University UMass Amherst UMass Boston UMass Dartmouth UMass Lowell Westfield State University Get Involved Take Action Volunteer on Campus Campus Internships Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campaigns Make Textbooks Affordable 100 Renewable Energy Stop Overuse of Antibiotics Get Big Money out of Politics New Voters Project Hunger and Homelessness Newsroom Latest Updates Blog News Releases PIRG in the News 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 MASSPIRG Students in Action North Shore student Kaitlyn Heathman speaks at a press conference releasing our transportation report Common Connections Students

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  • Campus Internships | MASSPIRG Students
    serving meat raised on antibiotics to protect public health Make Textbooks Affordable Work with faculty members librarians and administrators about using free open textbooks to save students thousands of dollars Fight Poverty in your Community Organize service trips and fundraisers for a local poverty relief agency Voter Registration Build coalitions help register students to vote and get them out to the polls for the upcoming elections Save the Bees Do grassroots organizing and media work to convince the EPA to ban the pesticides that are killing bees and threatening our food supply Run your own local project to tackle a public interest issue in your community LEARN SKILLS Communication Skills Improve your public speaking and one on one meeting skills Polish your writing skills Learn how to collaborate with media outlets Campaign Skills Learn the basics of running a campaign Recruit and train volunteers Generate grassroots support petitions letters calls Build coalitions Organize large events Learn campaign strategies Leadership Skills Run meetings Work with teams Plan large events Develop other leaders Manage volunteers Delegate responsibilities and manage your time About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Chapters Berkshire Community College Fitchburg State University Holyoke Community College Mass College of Liberal Arts MassBay Community College Middlesex Community College North Shore Community College Salem State University UMass Amherst UMass Boston UMass Dartmouth UMass Lowell Westfield State University Get Involved Take Action Volunteer on Campus Campus Internships Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campaigns Make Textbooks Affordable 100 Renewable Energy Stop Overuse of Antibiotics Get Big Money out of Politics New Voters Project Hunger and Homelessness Newsroom Latest Updates Blog News Releases PIRG in the News 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

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  • Clean energy can meet 100 percent of our needs, experts say | MASSPIRG Students
    is not fanciful at all In fact it is more doable than ever The City of New Bedford is a national leader in renewable energy Today New Bedford s municipal buildings derive 50 of their electricity from ten major solar projects With federal and state governments moving to develop wind energy projects off the coast of Massachusetts the City s deep water port and marine terminal are poised to play an important role in a second renewable energy industry in years ahead Economists predict that we can build a 100 percent renewable energy system at costs comparable to or less than what we would have to spend to continue using dirty energy Dirty energy sources have no inherent economic advantage over renewable energy Tony Dutzik researcher at the Frontier Group who co authored the white paper with Environment America Environment Massachusetts national federation On the contrary expanding renewable energy creates local jobs that cannot be outsourced reduces the impact of fossil fuel induced harm to our environment and health and safeguards the economy from the volatility of fossil fuel prices Since last March caps on a key solar energy program have prevented solar installations from moving forward in nearly half of Massachusetts cities and towns The program known as net metering allows families businesses and local governments to receive fair credit for the solar energy they provide to the grid State leaders have yet to come to an agreement on lifting the solar caps In November the House of Representatives passed a widely criticized bill that would cut solar net metering credits by 75 percent for most types of projects and impose a minimum charge on solar owners while only lifting the caps by a small amount State officials have said that they plan to consider an omnibus energy bill this legislative session which could include support for offshore wind farms to be built off the coast of Massachusetts The omnibus bill may also include provisions relating to controversial natural gas projects One proposal would add charges to electric bills to pay for new gas pipelines likely to cost several billion dollars Advocates argued that these pipelines would harm natural landscapes and increase Massachusetts dependence on fossil fuels while placing added burdens on ratepayers Across Massachusetts communities are feeling the impacts of our dependence on dirty energy said Claire Miller Massachusetts State Director for Toxics Action Center Building new gas pipelines will cause further risks to our health our safety and our natural landscapes Our state leaders should say no to fossil fuels and commit to a bold goal of 100 percent renewable energy The clean energy industry employs more than 98 000 people in Massachusetts The state has consistently ranked high for solar and energy efficiency but advocates warned that Massachusetts leadership status was at risk without further action from elected officials When it comes to global warming we re in a race against time and we won t win it by resting on our laurels said Hellerstein It

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  • We Have the Power | MASSPIRG Students
    Energy Committee The idea is not fanciful at all In fact it is more doable than ever The City of New Bedford is a national leader in renewable energy Today New Bedford s municipal buildings derive 50 of their electricity from ten major solar projects With federal and state governments moving to develop wind energy projects off the coast of Massachusetts the City s deep water port and marine terminal are poised to play an important role in a second renewable energy industry in years ahead Economists predict that we can build a 100 percent renewable energy system at costs comparable to or less than what we would have to spend to continue using dirty energy Dirty energy sources have no inherent economic advantage over renewable energy Tony Dutzik researcher at the Frontier Group who co authored the white paper with Environment America Environment Massachusetts national federation On the contrary expanding renewable energy creates local jobs that cannot be outsourced reduces the impact of fossil fuel induced harm to our environment and health and safeguards the economy from the volatility of fossil fuel prices Since last March caps on a key solar energy program have prevented solar installations from moving forward in nearly half of Massachusetts cities and towns The program known as net metering allows families businesses and local governments to receive fair credit for the solar energy they provide to the grid State leaders have yet to come to an agreement on lifting the solar caps In November the House of Representatives passed a widely criticized bill that would cut solar net metering credits by 75 percent for most types of projects and impose a minimum charge on solar owners while only lifting the caps by a small amount State officials have said that they plan to consider an omnibus energy bill this legislative session which could include support for offshore wind farms to be built off the coast of Massachusetts The omnibus bill may also include provisions relating to controversial natural gas projects One proposal would add charges to electric bills to pay for new gas pipelines likely to cost several billion dollars Advocates argued that these pipelines would harm natural landscapes and increase Massachusetts dependence on fossil fuels while placing added burdens on ratepayers Across Massachusetts communities are feeling the impacts of our dependence on dirty energy said Claire Miller Massachusetts State Director for Toxics Action Center Building new gas pipelines will cause further risks to our health our safety and our natural landscapes Our state leaders should say no to fossil fuels and commit to a bold goal of 100 percent renewable energy The clean energy industry employs more than 98 000 people in Massachusetts The state has consistently ranked high for solar and energy efficiency but advocates warned that Massachusetts leadership status was at risk without further action from elected officials When it comes to global warming we re in a race against time and we won t win it by resting on our

    Original URL path: http://masspirgstudents.org/reports/ma/we-have-power (2016-04-29)
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  • COVERING THE COST | MASSPIRG Students
    behavior This report aims to fill that gap and make the case for urgent action around high textbook prices Key Findings from the Report Almost one third 30 of students replied that they had used financial aid to pay for their textbooks For those that used financial aid the amount of financial aid dollars they put toward purchasing textbooks was more than 300 on average per semester Textbook prices disproportionately impact community college students 50 of students report using financial aid for books at community colleges compared to 28 at 4 year public schools And on average community college students use more financial aid than their peers at 4 year schools That means that nearly 5 2 million U S undergraduate students spend a total of 1 5 billion dollars of financial aid on textbooks every semester or 3 billion per year The report discusses potential solutions and lays out recommendations for decision makers on all levels Authors Ethan Senack Robert Donoghue Related issues Make Textbooks Affordable About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Chapters Berkshire Community College Fitchburg State University Holyoke Community College Mass College of Liberal Arts MassBay Community College Middlesex Community College North Shore Community College Salem State University UMass Amherst UMass Boston UMass Dartmouth UMass Lowell Westfield State University Get Involved Take Action Volunteer on Campus Campus Internships Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campaigns Make Textbooks Affordable 100 Renewable Energy Stop Overuse of Antibiotics Get Big Money out of Politics New Voters Project Hunger and Homelessness Newsroom Latest Updates Blog News Releases PIRG in the News 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 Reports by Campaign New Voters Project Make Textbooks Affordable

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  • DURBIN, FRANKEN, KING INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO HELP MAKE COLLEGE TEXTBOOKS MORE AFFORDABLE | MASSPIRG Students
    has to be changed and that s exactly what we want to achieve with the Affordable College Textbook Act said Hinojosa I have always strived to make college more accessible and more affordable for students and this legislation will lessen the high cost of an important commodity for learning while helping students save money In my district students at Colorado State University and the University of Colorado Boulder spend thousands of dollars just on college textbooks and the costs keep going up said Polis Higher education ought to be accessible and affordable for everyone and Congress has a responsibility to help lower that cost however we can That s why I m proud to co lead the Affordable College Textbooks Act Improving access to open textbooks is an innovative way to save students hundreds of dollars a semester and it s an important step toward lowering the overall price tag on a college degree Textbook costs are one of the most overlooked costs of going to college but they can be substantial and can be a barrier to attaining a college education According to College Board the average student budget for college books and supplies during the 2014 2015 academic year was 1 225 For students and families that are already struggling to afford a college education it s not just an expensive textbook anymore it s a serious barrier said Ethan Senack Higher Education Advocate at U S PIRG For decades publishers have capitalized on their captive market This bill restores some competition to an industry where just a handful of publishing giants have managed to prevent it saving students a ton of money and potentially improving student outcomes at the same time It s a no brainer Today s legislation expands on the 2008 Higher Education Opportunity Act which contained provisions from Durbin s College Textbook Affordability Act that aimed to make more information available to students looking to manage college textbook costs Durbin introduced his bill after learning of troubling practices by the publishing industry to create new textbook editions with little new content to drive up costs and bundle additional and often unwanted materials to required texts at students expense The 2008 law required textbook publishers to disclose to faculty the cost of a textbooks to their students required schools to publish textbook information in course catalogues when practicable and required publishers to offer unbundled supplemental materials so students had choices The provisions took effect on July 1 2010 While a June 2013 GAO Report required by the law found that students had more information and publishers and schools were generally complying with the new disclosure requirements it also found that the price of textbooks had continued to rise Textbook prices are simply unaffordable and have become a barrier to academic success for too many students said Nicole Allen Director of Open Education for SPARC an alliance of academic libraries This bill would help more colleges leverage open educational resources to make higher education more affordable

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