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News Release | U.S. PIRG Education Fund | Higher Ed

Deals with publishers could make college textbooks more expensive

A new report reveals insufficient or disappearing discounts, structures designed to force students into the program, and missing information. This all leaves students, professors, and college administrators in the lurch.

News Release | U.S. PIRG and Environment America

San Diego commits to get the lead out of schools’ drinking water

One of the largest school districts in the country has taken a major step toward getting the lead out of school drinking water. The San Diego Unified School District adopted an ambitious plan Tuesday to prevent lead contamination by replacing water fountains with 2,000 new water stations, installing filters, and setting a health-based standard of 1 part per billion (ppb), as recommended for schools by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

News Release | U.S. PIRG

U.S. PIRG and other advocacy groups file new federal lawsuit over energy standards for incandescent light bulbs

The suit filed today against the U.S. Department of Energy challenges the agency’s decision not to update energy efficiency standards for incandescent light bulbs, which threatens to increase carbon pollution and increase consumer utility bills.

News Release | U.S. PIRG Education Fund and Environment America Research & Policy Center | Solid Waste

The best way to fight plastic pollution? Ban single-use plastics.

U.S. PIRG Education Fund, Environment America Research & Policy Center and Frontier Group released comprehensive fact sheets about plastic pollution on Thursday. Banning Single-Use Plastics puts forward specific policies to ban or restrict the worst plastic pollution, including plastic bags, foam cups and containers, and plastic straws and utensils.

News Release | U.S. PIRG | Solid Waste

Over 175 STEM professors call on manufacturers to embrace repair for future of technology

With the rise of software in everything from tablets to tractors, manufacturers have taken numerous steps to discourage or block independent repair. Because the ability to fix and tinker with our devices is critical to training future innovators, more than 175 professors, representing top universities from across the country and world, have signed a letter calling on legislators to support Right to Repair reforms. 

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