The New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG) is New York State's largest student-directed research and advocacy organization. Our principal areas of concern are environmental protection, consumer rights, higher education, government reform, voter registration, mass transit and public health. We are a nonpartisan, not-for-profit group established to effect policy reforms while training students and other New Yorkers to be advocates. Since 1973, NYPIRG has played the key role in fighting for more than 150 public interest laws and executive orders.
NYPIRG's 20 college campus chapters provide much of our energy, resources, and activism. Students at NYPIRG chapters work on projects that both support NYPIRG's statewide agenda and focus on local issues.
NYPIRG's full-time staff works closely with students, coordinates grassroots statewide campaigns, produces studies on a wide array of topics and lobbies public officials.
In addition, NYPIRGs outreach program travels to communities across the state to educate and activate local residents on vital issues. NYPIRG's community-based membership exceeds 85,000 people from all parts of the state. These members give NYPIRG political clout and make our advocacy efforts successful.