Ohio Public Interest Research Group

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Ohio Public Interest Research Group (Ohio PIRG) is a non-profit organization that is part of the state PIRG organizations. It works on a variety of political activities.

In the United States, Public Interest Research Groups (PIRGs) are non-profit organizations that employ grassroots organizing, direct advocacy, investigative journalism, and litigation to affect public policy.[1]


Ohio PIRG's mission is to deliver persistent, result-oriented public interest activism that protects our environment, encourages a fair, sustainable economy, and fosters responsive, democratic government.[2]


The PIRGs emerged in the early 1970s on U.S. college campuses. The PIRG model was proposed in the book Action for a Change by Ralph Nader and Donald Ross.[3] Among other early accomplishments, the PIRGs were responsible for much of the Container Container Deposit Legislation in the United States, also known as "bottle bills."[4] [5]

Notable members and alumni[edit]

Phil Radford, environmental leader

Affiliate organizations[edit]


  1. ^ "U.S. PIRG: About Us". Retrieved October 8, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Ohio PIRG"". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved 2013-08-23. 
  3. ^ Nader, Ralph; Donald Ross (1972). Action for a Change: A Student's Manual for Public Interest Organizing. New York: Grossman Publishers. 
  4. ^ "PIRG Backs "Bottle Bill"". Boston College. Retrieved 2013-08-23. 
  5. ^ "Bottle Bill Beverage Containers Recycling Program"". Sun Sentinel. Retrieved 2013-08-23. 
  6. ^ "Phillip D. Radford, Greenpeace, Executive Director". Fund for the Public Interest. Retrieved 2013-07-19. 

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