Right Out of the Sky!
The Acid Rain Retirement Fund encourages participation in pollution markets as a way to educate children and adults about the sources and detrimental affects of air pollution and acid rain, and actions people can take to reduce such pollution. ARRF teaches by example, and invites participation by all individuals. Just as the Nature Conservancy buys land to preserve it, the Acid Rain Retirement Fund buys air pollution to retire it, permanently.
The Acid Rain Retirement Fund shows how anyone can make a difference, thereby imparting a sense of significance and empowerment to individuals of all ages. The more tons of air pollution we retire, the more successful and effective participants feel about their efforts. ARRF provides citizens with information about acid rain, ideas for fund raising activities, access to pollution markets, and the ability to directly prevent pollution.
|During 1995-1996, the Acid Rain
Retirement Fund worked with students in Gorham (Maine) public schools to
increase their understanding of the relationship between air pollution
and acid rain in Maine. ARRF provided speakers for several classes
totaling about 200 middle and elementary school students during fall 1995.
In cooperation with the Gorham Recycling Committee, ARRF helped them organize
a paper drive on Valentine's Day, February 14, 1996, which recycled over
10,000 pounds of newspaper and raised enough money to purchase about two
tons of air pollution. Students learned they get twice the environmental
value for community recycling efforts by spending funds earned on retirement
of emissions allowances.
Including donations from individuals, businesses and organizations such as the Portland High School Environmental Club and the Windham Middle School
|Honor Society, the Acid Rain Retirement
Fund raised enough funds to bid for 16 tons of sulfur dioxide in the EPA
auction held March 25, 1996. ARRF recognizes the efforts of fund raisers
by presenting them with "Clean Air Certificates" (suitable for display
in classrooms) saying how much pollution they helped remove from the atmosphere,
and will observe Earth Day 1996 in April with a public announcement and
In March 1996, emissions allowances were selling on the Chicago Board of Trade for about $80/ton.
During 2005, the price of an SO2 allowance first reached the $665- $736/ton range projected by the U.S. Department of Energy in 1991, shortly after the Acid Rain Program was created by the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990. That was DOE's estimate per ton for the installed retrofit cost of SO2 pollution control equipment (scrubbers) on existing units. In fall 2006, a few trades were registered at slightly over $1,600/ton. That meant it was a lot less expensive for polluters to install pollution control equipment than to purchase emissions allowances. Yet many continue to purchase allowances, and continue to pollute the air.
At $10, membership in the Acid Rain Retirement Fund is accessible to nearly everyone. For a $10 annual membership donation to ARRF, one could retire about 41 pounds of air pollution at August 2007 prices of a little less than 25 cents/pound (about $485/ton). ARRF's efforts offer an opportunity for people to take effective action to improve environmental quality, while learning more about environmental science and policy.
|If children learn to care about
our planet, the future will be brighter for everybody. Stopping air pollution
and acid rain are easy with the Acid Rain Retirement Fund. ARRF will be
happy to assist by purchasing pollution on behalf of your class or school.
In 1996, students at Village School and Shaw Junior High School in Gorham, Maine stopped about 2 tons of air pollution and students at Windham Middle School in Windham, Maine stopped another 2 tons with assistance from the Acid Rain Retirement Fund.
Those who contribute to ARRF are mostly individuals and groups engaged in educational activities concerning acid rain. We've received donations from all over the U.S. and even from Sweden. In addition to contributions of money, ARRF has received donations of SO2 allowances purchased by others.
Groups we've worked with over the years deserve recognition for their efforts, and include:
Gorham Public Schools (Village School, Shaw Middle School), Gorham,
Jesuit High School 6th Graders, New Orleans, LA
Windham Middle School Honor Society, Windham, Maine
South Kortright Central School 6th Graders, South Kortright, New York
Queensbury Middle School, Queensbury, New York
Lynx House, Conserve School, Land O' Lakes, WI
Portland High School Environmental Club, Portland, Maine
Auburn High School Environment Club, Auburn, New York
Camp Fire Boys & Girls Council for Eastern Massachusetts, Boston
Camp Fire Group Children's Learning Center, Malden, MA
Students for Environmental Action, East Lansing High School, East Lansing, MI
Fay School, Southborough, MA
Appalachian State College Economics Class, Boone, NC
Kenyon College Environmental Economics Class, Gambier, OH
Humboldt State University Natural Resources Club, Humboldt, CA
Student Environmental Action Coalition, University of Maine, Orono, Maine
USM Recycles, University of Southern Maine, Portland, Maine
Capital University School of Law, Environmental Law Society, Columbus, OH
University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Environmental Law Council, Pittsburgh, PA
University of Toledo School of Law, Environmental Law Society, Toledo, OH
Canteen Service Company, Portland, Maine
Chili's Grill, Portland, Maine
Thinking locally and acting globally, every little bit helps.
|If we can help, contact us!|
Acid Rain Retirement Fund
P.O. Box 10272
Portland, ME 04104