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The mission of Span is to provide services to help alumni of Public Interest Network organizations continue to make a difference.

Over the last 45+ years, the Public Interest Network organizations have served as the training ground for countless young activists and organizers. Now, alumni of state PIRGs and affiliated Public Interest Network organizations are everywhere: leading the nation's environmental, consumer, political reform, and social justice organizations; distinguishing themselves in government service; and working with the media, foundations, universities, the private sector, and in countless other professions. We celebrate the role of our alumni in the Public Interest Network organizations and in the greater social change movement.

Recent Public Interest Network & Span updates 

50th Anniversary Earth Day   For 50 years, schools and communities have celebrated Earth Day as an opportunity to teach students about the planet and ways to protect it. With schools across the country closed this year, Environment America put together a set of resources for an Earth Day curriculum in virtual classrooms. In addition to videos, we’ve put together a list of 50 environmental activities for the whole family to celebrate Earth Day’s 50th anniversary, and curriculum ideas on plastic pollution and home energy use with additional educational resources for teachers and parents to access. Check out the resources here.

We've lost a colleague and a friend   Ed Johnson, Senior Vice President of The Public Interest Network and President of Environment America, passed away on Feb. 14. Read more about Ed's life and work here.

Five state treasurers call on ventilator manufacturers to release vital service information     During this public health crisis, access to service information is vital for keeping ventilators up and running as they are pressed into round-the-clock use. But some ventilator manufacturers have restricted access to repair documentation, making it difficult, if not impossible, for third-party medical repair companies or in-house medical engineers to try and fix these lifesaving machines. Now, state treasurers from five states are joining U.S. PIRG in calling on manufacturers to release proprietary repair manuals, service keys, schematics and repair software for their ventilators. Read more.

Alumni Social Events   Alumni and staff from the Public Interest Network organizations gather in cities across the country to catch up and meet some new faces. View photos from past events and find out if there is a get-together coming up near you here.

Virginia takes aim at 100% clean electricity by 2045     Virginia is the first southern state — and the seventh state overall — to commit to providing 100 percent carbon-free electricity to its citizens by mid-century. On April 11, Gov. Ralph Northam signed into law the Virginia Clean Economy Act (VCEA), which commits the commonwealth to ramping up renewable energy to at least 30 percent of its electricity by 2030, requires the retirement of fossil fuel plants, and establishes a mandatory target for utilities to reach 100 percent clean electricity by 2045. Read more.

Job Opportunities   Looking for a new job, or know someone who is? Click here to take a look at the social change and other nonprofit job openings that Public Interest Network alumni, staff, and friends have submitted.

600 miles of New Jersey waterways win major protections    New Jerseyans will soon be able to enjoy safer, cleaner waterways. On April 6, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) extended one of its strongest clean water protections to 600 miles of streams and rivers throughout the state — from the Ramapo River to the Salem River. The protections provide legal means to safeguard waters from pollutants, sewage and harmful bacteria, and establish 300 feet of protected landscape and wildlife habitat along both banks of a protected waterway. “This is a win for the people of the Garden State at a time when we could really use good news,” said Environment New Jersey State Director Doug O’Malley, “In an era where the federal Clean Water Act is under attack, the Murphy administration’s move to strengthen state-level protections is key to making our waterways destinations, not dead zones.” Read more.