From high speed rail to mass transit, it’s time for us to get on the right track. Bay Staters all want a safe, clean transportation system that lets us all get where we need to go – but our current system just isn’t working.
A college degree is practically a necessity these days, not only for the individual student, but for the economic and social health of the country. But as states cut budgets, and grant aid has diminished, students are relying on loans to pay for college.
Energy Service Corps helps people save energy, save the environment and save money all at the same time. We do that first by educating communities about energy efficiency -- in schools, at community events, and even at people's doorsteps! We also assist communities through service projects and events that help homeowners, local non-profits, and public officials achieve greater energy efficiency right away, sealing leaks around doors and windows, replacing old lightbulbs with more efficient CFLs and referring homeowners to local energy audit and retrofit services. In several states Energy Service Corps runs in partnership with AmeriCorps.
National Geographic is known as a leader in stewardship, so most of their readers would be shocked to learn that while highly respected and perhaps the inspiration for many in the conservation movement, National Geographic lags far behind other publications that you would expect to be on recycled paper, such as Audubon, National Wildlife, and Mother Earth News, as well as those you wouldn’t necessarily expect, like Motorcycle Classics, Fast Company, and Shape.
Everyone knows that textbooks prices are outrageous. Students spend an average of $1,168 a year on textbooks and course materials, and prices have been rising more than for times the rate of inflation for the past two decades!
Every student knows that textbook prices are outrageous! Many books cost over $200 a piece and end up worth pennies by the end of the semester, often thanks to unnecessary new editions and pass-codes that expire. It's time for publishers to stop charging ridiculous prices and start taking advantage of today's technology to offer students a better deal. Our campaign is working to increase the use of "open textbooks," which are free online, free to share, and affordable in print -- the ideal publishing model to make textbooks affordable.
The New Voters Project is a nonpartisan effort to help register young people and get them to the polls on Election Day. We believe the best way to get political leaders to pay attention to young people and our issues is to register and vote.
Our tax dollars should only go to things that serve the public good, yet we’re handing out taxpayer subsidies to big agribusinesses to help subsidize junk food. Huge, profitable corporations like Cargill and Monsanto are pocketing tens of billions in taxpayer dollars, and turning subsidized crops into junk food ingredients—including high fructose corn syrup.
After Wall Street practices brought down the entire U.S. and parts of the world economies, Congress finally stepped up in July 2010 and enacted the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The centerpiece of this landmark legislation is the creation of the Student PIRG-backed Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), a new agency that will act as a counterbalance to the banks and ensure that the credit cards, mortgages, and student loans that consumers use are safe and easy to understand. As of July 21, 2010, when you have a complaint about a bank or credit card company, you can call on the new CFPB, which is already online at www.ConsumerFinance.gov.
The way we live our lives is putting our environment and public health at risk. Global warming, caused largely by our reliance on fossil fuels, threatens to wreak havoc on our climate and way of life. Air pollution causes asthma and respiratory diseases. Mining and drilling continually threaten our oceans, waterways and landscapes. Trash pollutes our water and uses valuable land.
We're working to build long-term support for a zero waste country by starting on campus and in our communities, putting the solutions in place and educating students about how we can reduce, reuse and recycle.