Coming Clean, Inc. (Brattleboro, VT)


  • Name:Monica Buckhorn
  • Title:Development Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Coming Clean, Inc.
  • Address:28 Vernon Street
    Suite 434
    Brattleboro, VT 05301
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:802-251-0203
  • Main fax:802-579-1481

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  • Mission:
  • Coming Clean’s mission is to secure and sustain a safe chemical and clean energy future. We are a 15 year-old environmental health campaigning collaborative that wins new policies and protective corporate practices to reduce exposure to harmful pollution and support healthier communities and racial and economic justice. We work with community organizers, environmental justice and faith leaders, mainstream state and national groups, scientists, academics, health professionals, and sustainable business leaders on policy and market alternatives that protect public health, support local economies, advance environmental justice, and build grassroots capacity. Our work is unique because we focus on the intersection of the chemical/fossil fuel industry and social and economic justice.

  • Overview:
  • Our program plan for the next year will build the movement for social, economic and environmental justice and accountability from the chemical and fossil fuel industry. We demand comprehensive disclosure of all chemical manufacturing, use, and storage occurring in communities; a full assessment of all hazards that exist; and new policies and practices to eliminate those dangers and replace them with local, sustainable solutions. Our targets are chemical and energy operations and discount retail stores since these are huge influences on low-income communities.

    Through demographic research and analysis, Coming Clean and the Center for Effective Government found that compared to the national average, people who live in the “vulnerability zones” of chemical plants – the areas around facilities where catastrophic loss of life could occur as a result of a serious incident – are disproportionately Black (African American) or Latino, have higher rates of poverty, lower housing values, lower incomes, and lower educational levels. The disparities for people who live the closest to the facilities, those in so-called “fenceline zones,” are even more sharply magnified across key health indicators, such as income, employment, education, and access to care and social services. Residents have the least amount of time to react in the event of a catastrophic release and the least means to escape and then return to their homes after a catastrophe.

    Our work for the coming year to relieve the inequities in fenceline zones will utilize our EJHA grassroots network, coordinating activities of 33 groups in 13 states, and Coming Clean’s network connections among another 250 organizations across the US. Work will manifest primarily in three projects:

    - Prevent chemical disasters, which threaten 142 million Americans.
    Win new mandatory requirements for chemical disclosure, assessment and safer substitution of hazards from industrial facilities (e.g., chemical plants, oil and gas refineries).

    - Protect our nation’s farmworkers from toxic pesticides where they work and live. Win adoption and implementation of a strong updated agricultural Worker Protection Standard for pesticides and new bi-lingual labeling and notification of hazards.

    - Transition discount retailers away from toxic products and toward green
    energy and local sustainable businesses that support low wage communities and local employment. Advance new corporate policies for safe chemicals management, alternative energy supply, and local product and food sales.

    From our efforts we expect:
    - Decisions from the EPA and White House on implementing a strong Executive Order on chemical security and newly revised Worker Protection Standard.

    - Commitments from one or more dollar store chains to make toxic chemical substitutions, participate in a solar coop, and/or establish targets for local food and good sales.

    - Expanded partnership with Health Care Without Harm, American Sustainable Business Council, faith networks, and science and technical allies.

    - A 10-day “Four Directions Youth Training and Intergenerational Dialog” with youth and elders living in affected communities, and expanded partnership with youth at colleges and universities (e.g., Morgan State, Georgia State, and Sarah Lawrence College).

    - Meetings with the EPA Administrator, Assistant Administrators, and other agencies in EJHA affiliate member communities in Regions 3, 4, 6, or 9.

    - Media coverage in ethnic, social, and traditional media and at least six national media releases, 12 OpEds and 12 Letters to the Editor.

  • History:
  • Coming Clean was born in 2001 out of widespread frustration with the trajectory of chemical and fossil fuel industry policies and community/environmental management. We believed then, as we do now, that a better way is possible - one that includes voices of community-based organizations representing community residents. Coming Clean was built on an organizational strategy that allows one voice to emerge from many, and a process that calls for managing the environment and public health on a more local level to achieve sustainability. We support diversity in collaborators, increased accountability and values-based decision making. We are dedicated to community empowerment, the generation of a new voice, and institutional presence that will work towards the interdependent goals of environmental and economic stability; personal responsibility and accountability; resource protection; and distributed power and authority. Coming Clean’s values include promoting inclusivity, transparency, access, collaboration, trust, respect, and shared equity among diverse, disparate groups. Our overarching goals are to enact policies and practices that support healthier communities and racial and economic justice.

    To that end, we work to:
    - Transform the fossil fuels and chemical industry to increase accountability for harms to public health, the environment, and climate.

    - Change industry policies toward ones that are based on chemical disclosure and safer substitution of hazardous materials/practices, and support health equity, community justice, and the environment.

    - Build community by collaborating with like-minded national networks; community and environmental justice advocates; policy, market and business organizers; social, economic and biological scientists; health impacted groups and health professionals; and others interested in knowing about and working together to relieve the impacts of industrial chemicals and fossil fuel energy on public health, the economy, and climate stability.

    We have worked to achieve these goals through collaborative organizing on the state and local level and with brand-name companies and other industry leaders. We won more than a dozen state level bans on toxic chemicals in significant uses, and commitments from more than a half dozen major corporations to eliminate certain chemicals in applications that expose huge numbers of people. We organized a national toxic tour via three bus routes to highlight more than 40 other “hot spot” locations where community residents face health inequity and unjust endangerment from industrial operations and economic disparities.

    The result of this work led to collaborative research and visioning to develop a national chemical industry reform platform, The Louisville Charter: A Platform for Creating a Safe and Healthy Environment Through Innovation. It also led to the and formation of the Environmental Justice and Health Alliance for Chemical Policy Reform (EJHA), whose purpose is to support a diverse movement towards safe chemicals and clean energy that leaves no community or worker behind. EJHA functions through bottom-up organizing and the principle that communities should think, speak and act for themselves. It features leadership of, by and for local people of color groups with participation and support by additional allied groups. EJHA provides central infrastructure for messaging and communications, strategy and organizing. We are most active Alaska, California, Delaware, Kentucky, Louisiana, Florida, New Mexico, New York, New Jersey, Washington, and Texas. Together community leadership groups in EJHA tie into regional and national campaigns that would be difficult or impossible to do on their own, leveraging their local agenda toward national solutions that in turn help their communities. We launched the EJHA in 2009 with 24 individuals representing communities from across the country. Today it has grown to 48 leaders representing 33 organizations in 13 states.

    For the last seven years, we have been able to embark on new programs and strategies to more effectively organize with people in communities, broaden our base of support, and develop new leadership teams. As a result, our work is firmly rooted in and driven by community based organizers and environmental justice communities.

  • Year established:2001
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:7
  • Advisory board size:0
  • Staff size:6


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:04-3429794

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:043429794
  • Organization Name:COMING CLEAN INC
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:% GARY COHEN
  • Organization Address:28 VERNON ST STE 434
  • Organization City:BRATTLEBORO
  • Organization State:VT
  • Organization Zip:05301-3668
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):2, 1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Educational Organization, Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:October, 1998
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:C052
  • Asset Amount:$438,168
  • Asset Code:4 ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • Income Amount:$718,339
  • Income Code:5 ($500,000 - $999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$718,339
  • Last Updated:2/22/2018 2:54:40 am

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