~ a town, city, municipality, or other legally organized community that has shown exceptional dedication to the preservation of the night sky through the implementation and enforcement of quality lighting codes, dark sky education, and citizen support of dark skies.
The IDSC was conceived in 2001 to recognize communities that had taken extraordinary steps in preserving the natural night.
The IDSC designees must adhere to stringent standards that protect the natural night sky through outdoor lighting plans and ensure the continuation of this protection through planning and zoning directives.
Updated guidelines for communities, parks, and reserves have been released. Please refer to these new guidelines when applying for designation.
If you are interested in developing or are currently developing an application for a location we encourage you to consider these new guidelines. Locations that are currently developing applications, and have made substantial progress (as approved by the IDA program manager) will have until 25 November 2013 to complete and submit their applications under the previous guidelines. The previous guidelines have been removed from the website but are available upon request. To submit under the previous guidelines you must have contact with the program manager and receive approval.
As part of the new guidelines bi-monthly submission deadlines will be set. These dates will be updated yearly. The deadlines represent the date that the applications (already reviewed and approved by the IDA program manager) will be sent to the committee. This year's dates are listed below:
|Flagstaff, Arizona USA||2001|
|Borrego Springs, California USA||2009|
|Isle of Sark, Channel Islands, UK||2011|
|Homer Glenn, Illinois USA||2011|
Homer Glen, IllinoisEstablished: 2011
An Auto Care center which was built to the Homer Glen
|Stargazing takes place twice per year at Homer Township's
Trantina Farm attracting large crowds
IDA Press Release
Visit the Illinois Coalition for Responsible Outdoor Lighting website
Isle of Sark, Channel Islands
Photo Credit: Sark, by Peter Capper, used under Creative Commons license
Borrego Springs, California
|Photo Credit: Dennis Mammana||Photo Credit: Dennis Mammana|
|Canopy lighting in Flagstaff, Arizona USA
The World's first IDSC
Courtesy of Flagstaff Dark Skies Coalition
A Protected Night Sky Over Flagstaff
Credit and Copyright: Dan & Cindy Duriscoe,
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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