CALPIRG at UC San Diego


Campus Organizer: Rebecca Dearing

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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...

  • Saving California's historic ban on single-use plastic bags by urging citizens to vote Yes on Proposition 67
  • Helping thousands of students register to vote
  • Saving bees by encouraging the restrictions of a class of pesticides called Neonics

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. 

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 ›