Updates

Students at University of Washington gearing up for Earth Day 2020

[Remotely, Washington] – April 20, 2020 – On April 24th, 2020, Americans will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day a little differently. WASHPIRG Students at the University of Washington is planning to host five events and engage hundreds of students in their campaigns to put Wildlife Over Waste, Save the Bees, and promote 100% Renewable Energy.

Washington state bans single-use plastic grocery bags

Seattle, WA – Governor Inslee signed the Reusable Bag Bill Wednesday, which will ban single-use plastic grocery bags statewide. The legislation, which goes into effect on Jan 1, 2021, bans retailers from giving out single-use plastic carryout bags and requires an 8-cent charge for other bags.

Free resources without an expiration date

Publishers and education tech companies offering temporary free access codes, but using content with restrictive copyrights, has downsides. We want to make sure educators know about the high-quality resources that are permanently free to students, and ensure faculty independence and student data privacy.

Meeting student basic needs during COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting campuses nationwide. Here are a few of the ways that institutions are stepping up to meet students’ basic needs in this moment of uncertainty: 

Student PIRGs call on states to adopt emergency absentee voting

While many states have plans to deal with emergencies like power outages, natural disasters and other one-off situations, very few states are currently set up to successfully run an election where large public gatherings, such as polling places, present a public health risk.

An update from WASHPIRG Students

We are taking recommendations from college and university leaders and public health experts and taking proactive steps to mitigate the potential impact of COVID-19 in our campus and off-campus communities.

Campus voter turnout doubles from 2014 – 2018.

Seattle, WA (October 4, 2019) – On-campus voting at the University of Washington nearly doubled between 2014 and 2018, according to a report by The National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE). NSLVE is a project of the Institute for Democracy & Higher Education at the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University.