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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 

New federal bill calls for U.S. to move beyond plastic    Addressing our plastic pollution problem means stemming the flow of plastic into our communities, landfills and environment. On Feb. 11, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall and U.S. Rep. Alan Lowenthal introduced legislation that would re-envision how we handle our plastic waste. The legislation would phase out unnecessary single-use plastics, which commonly end up clogging our landfills and polluting our environment. Read more.

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.

Supermarkets failing to warn shoppers about food recalls, report finds    A Feb. 12 report authored by our research partners at U.S. PIRG Education Fund shows that the majority of supermarkets are failing to adequately inform customers about potentially hazardous food safety recalls. These lapses in communication are having an impact on public health. In 2018, shoppers continued to fall ill months after 12 million pounds of salmonella-contaminated beef were recalled. 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.

The American Farm Bureau, the largest farmer organization in the U.S., unanimously voted to support the right to repair    The bureau represents nearly 6 million farming families, nearly all of whom used to fix their machines that they own and depend on for their livelihoods. But the manufacturers of tractors and other equipment have made it difficult, if not impossible, for even the most self-reliant farmers to fix their own stuff. On January 21, the American Farm Bureau Federation voted to endorse their members to fix their equipment when it breaks. This represents a big step forward to help push for national policies that U.S.PIRG’s Right to Repair campaign is working to advance. 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.

Environment America is working to get 15 states to commit to 100% renewable    Six states are officially committed to reaching 100 percent clean electricity by 2050 or sooner. The question we're asking this year: Will your state be next? On Jan. 30, Environment America and its national network launched campaigns in 15 states to pass laws requiring statewide transitions to 100 percent clean or renewable energy. The states vying to be the next to go 100 percent renewable are Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Virginia. Read more