Clean Air Conservancy (Cleveland, OH)


  • Name:Ashley Solomon

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Clean Air Conservancy
  • Address:1220 West 6th Street
    Suite 600
    Cleveland, OH 44113
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:216.522.8700
  • Main fax:216.566.1221

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  • Mission:
  • CAC is this country's first non-profit, non-partisan non-advocacy environmental organization formed primarily to acquire and retire tradable air pollution rights of all types for the public good. For the past 16 years, the CAC has always promoted the expanded participation of an informed public in existing and emerging air pollution markets in order to effect improvements in air quality and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. Through our outreach programs, the CAC promotes market-based approaches that apply proven "cap-and-trade" schemes to reward responsible environmental stewardship.

  • History:
  • The CAC was founded in 1992 and has been collaborating with concerned individuals, schools, civic groups and companies to take direct action to protect our shared environment. We have always promoted the wider participation of an informed public in market-based solutions to the problems of air pollution and global warming. We have served as a link between the public and the emerging pollution market in order to effect lasting change by permanently retiring marketable pollution rights. These rights include emission allowances and credits for the carbon dioxide (CO2) that contributes to global warming, the sulfur dioxide (SO2) that leads to acid rain, and the nitrous oxides (NOx) that cause smog and endanger persons afflicted with asthma.
    The CAC was a key participant in the first major sale of pollution rights, symbolically buying and “retiring” a single SO2 allowance. Administered by the Chicago Board of Trade under the mandate of the U.S. EPA’s Acid Rain Program, this first “cap-and-trade” market-based approach traded government-issued permits that gave their owner the right to emit one ton of sulfur dioxide, a major contributor of acid rain. The success of the “cap-and-trade” approach in addressing acid rain has led to its application on a larger scale to reduce harmful greenhouse gases emissions.
    Fifteen years ago, pollution markets were just a novel experiment. Ironically, the simplicity and impact of our approach resonated immediately with school children, always willing to embrace new ideas. Through the 1990s, the CAC developed a large national network of schools that were regularly buying SO2 allowances with money earned from bake sales and car washes, in order to all to offset the “SO2 footprint” of their own classrooms.
    The CAC’s early vision of the potential of using these new markets for environmental protection was hailed by the national media including the Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio and the Associated Press. Shortly after its founding, the CAC was recognized by Outside Magazine as a “Mighty Might” - one of the ten “best” small environmental non-profits.
    The CAC has always had a small staff and a modest budget, but has achieved a long list of “firsts” in its 15 year history. By participating in the first SO2 auction, obtaining legal opinions, securing non-profit (501(c)(3)) status, and testifying before various regulatory authorities, the CAC established the legal framework for the donation and retirement of marketable environmental credits and allowances. In 1993, the CAC worked with the American Lung Association to obtain the regulatory approval needed for a donation of SO2 allowances by Northeast Utilities. In 1995, we facilitated the direct donation and retirement of allowances from the South Coast Air Quality Management District in California and banked over 10 million pounds of SOx and NOx pollution reductions.
    In 2001, the CAC facilitated the first major “event greening.” Working with the U.S. Olympic Organizing Committee, the CAC helped calculate the environmental impact of the Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games and then facilitated the donation and retirement of enough SO2, NOx and CO2 emission reduction credits to make the winter games the first “NetZero” event. In 2003, the CAC established the Clean Air Conservancy Charitable Trust to hold in perpetuity all of its retired emission allowances and credits. Today, this Trust holds over 8,000,000,000 pounds of SO2, NOx, and CO2 emission allowances and credits and is one of the largest banks of retired pollution rights in the world.

  • Year established:1992
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:12
  • Advisory board size:0
  • Staff size:4

Board and Executive Names

  • Board Members / Trustees:
  • David B. Webster, Esq.
    Board Member/Founder/General Counsel
    Webster and Dubyak

    Ronald D. DiMattia
    Board Treasurer
    Corporate Value Partners, Inc.

    Gary Russo, Ph.D.
    Board Member
    AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow
    United States Environmental Protection Agency

    Yelena Boxer, Esq.
    Board Member
    Ulmer and Berne LLP

    Rama. K. Jayanti, Ph.D.
    Board Member
    James J. Nance College of Business Administration
    Cleveland State University

    Vernon K. Burger, Ed. D.
    Traveler, Adventurer, and Entrepreneur

    Daniel Kamionkowski
    Product Development Manager
    Progressive Insurance

    Edwin Ricci
    Managing Director
    Public Financial Management

    Ivan E. Schwartz
    Executive Director
    Greater Cleveland Film Commission

    John Utech
    Manager of Consulting Services
    NACCO Industries

    Michael Short
    Board Member/Program Director
    The Clean Air Conservancy

Staff Names

  • Key Staff:
  • Michael Short
    Program Director


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:509(a)(1)
  • Tax ID:34-1728674

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:341728674
  • Organization Name:CLEAN AIR CONSERVANCY
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:% DAVID B WEBSTER
  • Organization Address:19111 DETROIT RD STE 102
  • Organization City:ROCKY RIVER
  • Organization State:OH
  • Organization Zip:44116-1740
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1, 2
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization, Educational Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:March, 1993
  • 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):559
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Advocacy Attempt to influence public opinion concerning Other matters
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:02 (990 - Required to file Form 990-N - Income less than $25,000 per year)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:C200
  • Asset Amount:$0
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  • Income Amount:$0
  • Income Code:
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$0
  • Last Updated:3/23/2018 3:53:54 am

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