CALPIRG is a statewide student-directed and funded non-profit that works to create a greener, healthier, more meaningful future for all of us.
We train students in grassroots and political organizing skills so they can run campaigns that make a huge impact.
For example, we worked to increase federal financial aid for college students by $36 billion, the record since World War II. We helped protect our oceans by banning plastic grocery bags, first in Santa Barbara and then statewide!  We also won our Charge Ahead California campaign to get a million electric vehicles on the road over the next ten years.
The thing that makes us able to get results on these issues is that every quarter thousands of UC students pledge $10 a quarter onto their tuition to fund CALPIRG. This allows us to hire our own professional staff who research solutions, teach students to run effective campaigns on campus, and advocate full time in Sacramento and Washington, D.C. on our behalf, giving us a voice in Congress to affect change.
We offer volunteer opportunities, as well as internships for course credit. Interns can learn skills in grassroots organizing, media outreach, lobbying and advocacy, and event planning, just to name a few things.

Current Campaigns:

  • Renewable Energy
  • State Parks
  • Hunger and Homelessness
  • Democracy
  • New Voters Project

Latest News

Check out the list of bills CALPIRG Students is supporting and campaigning to pass this legislative session.  Clean, Efficient Energy Use        California’s reliance on... More ›
Los Angeles, CA -- Today, Environment America and the Student PIRGs released a letter urging the higher education community to lead America’s transition to using clean,... More ›
And we’re off! Now that we’re almost a month into 2018, our CALPIRG Student Chapters are ready to launch our winter quarter campaigns. We spent the last few weeks educating... More ›