CoPIRG Foundation's mission is to deliver persistent, results-oriented public interest activism that protects consumers, encourages a fair, sustainable economy, and fosters responsive, democratic government.
The CoPIRG Foundation works to educate the public through the media, generate grassroots support around timely issues, mobilize citizens to vote, build coalitions, foster increased civic awareness and engagement, and provide policy expertise so that we can achieve concrete results that positively impact the lives of Coloradans on public interest issues.
The CoPIRG Foundation, working with a network of other State PIRG's across the country, has been a voice for the public interest in Colorado since 1983. Our youth organizing program has registered over 100,000 college students to vote and trained over 1,000 students to be active citizens through our internship program.
CoPIRG Foundation's ground-breaking research has led to increased support for transit, walking, and biking, increased the transparency of government spending, improved the safety of our food including a reform of the National School Lunch program, identified and got recalled faulty and dangerous consumer products including fidget spinners from Target with dangerous high levels of lead, and developed policy solutions for problems in our energy, health care and democratic systems.
Recent research reports include a first of its kind look at the transit, walking and biking needs in Colorado, a city-by-city comparison of recycling rates, and a guide to car-free ways to access the ski slopes from Denver. In addition, we tested and documented products including lipstick and kids crayons contained asbestos.
Our grassroots organizing includes working in communities across the state to educate their decision makers about transit, walking, and biking needs. In 2018, we helped add over $100 million of multimodal projects onto the state's transportation project list. We also built a coalition of 41 local elected officials who called on the Colorado Department of Transportation to expand the service of our statewide bus system - Bustang.
CoPIRG Foundation staff have also mobilized tens of thousands of Coloradans to become active in the issues we work on. Our network of doctors and medical professionals have helped move the largest fast food companies including McDonald's, Subway and KFC to prioritize public health by phasing out inappropriate antibiotic use in animals, pressured financial companies to step back from consumer rip-offs and successfully convince regulatory bodies like the Public Utilities Commission to increase energy efficiency programs which save Coloradans thousands.