CALPIRG at UC San Diego

We meet every Monday at 8pm in the Blue Pepper Lounge in the Old Student Center 

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 year, we're working on...

  • Pushing UCSD and the state of CA to commit to getting 100% of our energy from clean sources 
  • Working to get San Diego to commit to being a bee friendly city and banning the use of pesticides that kill bees 
  • Fighting campus food insecurity 
  • Making textbooks more affordbale 
  • Helping students register to vote
  • Helping to stop global warming and protect our state by banning fracking 

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

The Trump Administration has proposed opening nearly all our shores to offshore oil drilling. This is bad! The Administration’s plan would open vast new areas of the... More ›
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 ›