The Dark Sky Friendly Development of Distinction (DSDoD) Award is an award program through the IDA for small communities subdivisions, and developments that have promoted sensitive outdoor lighting in an effort to preserve their environment from unnecessary light at night, including but not limited to light trespass, glare, and skyglow. The award is designed to garner community support for environmentally responsible outdoor lighting. Additionally, a development that incorporates a quality night sky or designates a sensitive wildlife refuge will receive preference in the program.
The DSDoD has been designed to recognize subdivisions, master planned communities, and unincorporated townships whose planning actively promotes a more natural night sky but does not qualify for the International Dark Sky Community award.
Objectives of the award:
This award is strengthened by support from your local IDA Chapter. To find out if there's a Chapter in your area, click here>>
*Development in this case means any subdivision or master planned community, by one developer/builder or more, that is not in and of itself an incorporated municipality or that may otherwise be construed as a large scale "community."
Current Winners of the Dark Sky Friendly Development of Distinction
Photography by Jim Richardson
For more information visit Harmony's Web site at www.harmonyfl.com.
View Attila Danko's Clear Sky Chart for Harmony>>
Sierra la Rana, Texas
For more information visit Sierra la Rana's Web site at www.sierralarana.com.
View Attila Danko's Clear Sky Chart for Sierra la Rana>>
IDA Executive Director Bob Parks was recently interviewed about light pollution on CBS This Morning. Watch the video here.
Look for "Where Did All The Stars Go? - How Light Pollution Is Stealing The Night" a nine-page article in the December 2013 issue of Men's Journal. On sale now.
IDA's Current Lighting Estimates
Check out IDA's new lighting estimates: World Outdoor Lighting Facts. Click here to see a larger graphic
Member of the IDA Board of Directors interviewed on slashdot.org:
IDA Board Member, Kelly Beatty, was interviewed on Slashdot about the importance of protecting the night sky and how LEDs are encouraging the change. Read More >>
New Mexican Skies Protected with Dark Sky Park Designation
The 34,000-acre Chaco Culture National Historical Park has been designated as the world's newest "Gold Tier" International Dark Sky Park. Read more >>
IDA Dark Sky Giveaway Winner
Skyglow Berlin Project for Kids
Uwingu Supplies Grant to Help Save Our Stars
The International Dark-Sky Association recently became the recipient of a grant from the Uwingu Fund in support of the new IDA- program Save Our Stars. Read the IDA Press Release >>
Measuring Night Sky Brightness?
There's an App for That
Astronomers and dark sky-advocates take note—you can now measure the brightness of the night sky using your smartphone. Read the IDA Press Release >>
Interest in our International Dark Sky Places is on the rise. Learn all about them here.>>
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