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Special Note from Our Executive Director Scott Feierabend

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With a change in Administrations less than two months away, experts who monitor the federal tax code and charitable giving are suggesting that donors may want to accelerate their giving to nonprofits for the 2016… Read More

Grad Student Helps Acadia with Dark Sky Bid

Three people sit looking over the water at Acadia National Park. The night sky is filled with star and you can see a hint of he Milky Way.

Guest post by Locher Grove It’s not easy to find dark skies along the East Coast of the continental United States.  Development and expansion have increased light pollution along the seaboard, disrupting ecosystems and stargazing. … Read More

Be Part of the Global Debate On LEDs

Light pollution in New York City. Photo by Jim Richardson.

For the past five years, IDA has sounded the alarm about the environmental and health impacts of blue-rich white light-emitting diode (LED) street lighting that is replacing older technologies in cities across the globe. Recently… Read More

You’re Never too Young (or Old) to Become a Dark Sky Advocate

Shadow of hands forming a heart with the Milky Way in the background

By high school senior and dark sky advocate Jessica Elliott When I was in the third grade, my class took a trip to a wetlands to see the way Earth is interconnected with the animals… Read More

Light Pollution Measure Passed by Washington State

The City of Seattle, Washington, skyline at night with the Space Needle in the foreground.

On Friday, March 26, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed a supplemental state transportation budget that includes what may well be the first ever mention of light pollution to make it into state code. The transportation budget may seem an odd… Read More

IDA Publishes in LED Professional magazine

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IDA is excited to announce the publication of our ‘special topic’ article “The Value of Dark Skies – About Environmentally Friendly Lighting” in the March/April issue of LED Professional magazine. We are always trying to reach industry… Read More

How to Enact a Lighting Ordinance

A picture of the word "ordinance" in the dictionary.

By  Guest Writer Bob Gent Many of us are aware of the serious problems from light pollution. Blinding glare is a safety problem, light in your bedroom window disrupts sleep, bright lights disorient wildlife, there… Read More

Lessons from the Retrofit Revolution

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A recent news article draws attention to a new street lighting project just completed in downtown Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This retrofit included replacing hundreds of high-pressure sodium lights with new, more energy-efficient, white LEDs. Philadelphia officials had good intentions in deploying… Read More

Planning Our Nights

A nighttime satellite image of Florida showing excessive lighting that creates skyglow.

Florida Planning magazine (published by the American Planning Association Florida Chapter) features a great article about protecting the night from a conservation planning perspective. The piece was written by IDA Board Member and Florida chapter… Read More

IDA Pens Op-Ed on Phoenix’s New Lights

This screen shot from the NASA Blue Marble map shows the incredible amount of light coming stemming from Phoenix, Arizona

On Saturday, 13 June 2015, the Arizona Republic published the following guest editorial by IDA Executive Director Scott Feierabend on the subject of the pending conversion of street lights in Phoenix, Arizona, to white LEDs.  … Read More