Acid Rain Retirement Fund

aka A.R.R.F.   |   Portland, ME   |  http://www.AcidRainRetirementFund.org
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Mission

Environmental Education: ARRF presents acid/base demonstrations for elementary and middle school science classes and encourages children and adults to take an active role in reducing air pollution by helping ARRF raise money to retire sulfur dioxide emissions allowances. For example, ARRF helped middle-schoolers in Gorham Maine public schools organize a paper drive in 1996 that recycled over 10,000 pounds of newspaper and helped purchase the right to emit over 13 tons of SO2 per year. The Windham Middle Scholl Honor Society and Portland High School Environmental Club created their own fund raising efforts to help ARRF buy pollution allowances. ARRF has also assisted kids in the Camp Fire Boys & Girls Council for Eastern Massachusetts, Will Rice College in Houston, sixth graders at South Kortright Central School in New York, Conserve School in Land O'Lakes, Wisconsin, and Students for Environmental Action at East Lansing High School in Michigan. Because ARRF does not use its pollution rights, and they are issued on a tons-per-year basis, they accumulate unused over time. Thus, in April 2011, ARRF held the legal right to emit a total of 2,240,000 pounds--or 1,120 tons--of sulfur dioxide. Because it will not exercise its legal right to pollute this year, the air we breathe will be cleaner by that amount. Because its Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws prohibit ARRF from ever transferring these rights to anyone who would use them to pollute, these emissions allowances have been "retired," or taken out of circulation permanently. Next year, with your help, ARRF hopes to purchase and retire even more air pollution. We welcome donations and inquiries about how individuals and groups can help us in this activity. We have fund raising ideas to share, and will recognize any donation over $25 with a parchment Clean Air Certificate, suitable for framing, which says how much air pollution will be retired in the name of the person or grouinscribed in the name of the recipient. Visit our home page to see what certificates look like. And please help us reduce air pollution!

Ruling year info

1997

Principal Officer

Dr. Michael Hamilton

Main address

PO Box 10272

Portland, ME 04104

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EIN

01-0503609

NTEE code info

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Pollution Abatement and Control Services (C20)

Pollution Abatement and Control Services (C20)

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Outreach/Education

In sixteen years, ARRF has presented acid/base demonstrations to over 1,000 school children at schools, county fairs and Earth Day celebrations. Beneficiaries of our activities to reduce air pollution include everyone who lives downwind of a fossil-fueled power plant subject to the acid rain provisions of the Clean Air Act--over 1,200 coal and oil-fired power plant units in the U.S. today. Persons with respiratory problems in particular benefit from reductions in SO2, especially persons with asthma, emphysema, and chronic bronchitis, and elderly persons who have reduced lung capacity. Studies by EPA say that between 5,500 and 9,000 Americans die prematurely every year because of pollution emitted by dirty power plants. A.R.R.F. actions benefit susceptible persons most.

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Acid Rain Retirement Fund

Board of directors
as of 5/3/2012
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Board chair

Carol Boggis

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Michael Hamilton Secretary-Treasurer

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Louise Carpenter Member, Board of Directors

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Carol Boggis President

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