CALPIRG at UC San Diego


UCSD Campus Organizer:

Megan Bart 

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We are UC San Diego's students' public interest group, and have been since 1976. We are focused on getting real results. For example, we worked with the state legislature to pass SB 32, a landmark bill to cut carbon emissions. Other victories include registering 40,000 students to vote, passing a bill to make textbooks more affordable, and getting $36 billion in financial aid directly to students (through Pell grants). We 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...

  • Helping to stop global warming and protect our state by banning fracking 
  • Pushing UCSD to commit to getting 100% of our energy from clean sources 
  • Pushing UCSD to be a bee friendly campus 
  • Fighting campus food insecurity 

Students' support can go a long way

The thing that makes us so effective is that 10% 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. 


If you would like to volunteer with us, scroll down to the calendar below and find an event that interests you. Then click here to access our sign-up form. At the bottom of the form are different tabs for different events. Go to the tab for the event you want to volunteer at and fill in your name, phone number, and when you plan to come. If you've never volunteered with us before, don't worry! Just ask for the hourly coordinator at the event and they can train you on what to do! 

Latest News

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 ›
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 ›
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 ›