20th Annual Meeting Follow-up


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Thank you to those who attended the


 International Dark-Sky Association's 

20th Annual General Meeting (AGM) 


held at:

Loews Ventana Canyon Resort

7000 North Resort Drive
Tucson, Arizona 85750
United States

Pictures courtesy of Loews Ventana Canyon Resort

20th Anniversary Annual Meeting and Conference Reaches the Stars!


Dark-sky enthusiasts of all types convened at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson, AZ on June 8–10 to attend International Dark-Sky Association’s 20th Annual Meeting and Conference. Titled “Seeking a Balance”, the conference asked the question of how we can preserve our heritage of dark skies while considering the needs of an expanding population. Over 150 stargazers, leading lighting technicians, and community activists participated in learning sessions on topics ranging from sports arena lighting to satellite imaging to environmental protection in an attempt to find an answer.


LED pioneer Dr. George Craford opened the conference with a keynote address on the advancements and future of this important technology. Human health consequences of artificial light were addressed by Dr. Rubin Naiman, a sleep and dream specialist at the University of Arizona. Dark-sky community building was an especially important theme, with special workshops on sections outreach and education. The tradition of dark skies was celebrated in a speech by Dr. Paul Bogard, editor of Let There Be Night: Testimony on Behalf of the Dark, an anthology of nighttime stories, and an address by keynote speaker Timothy Ferris, bestselling author of Coming of Age in the Milky Way and creator of the PBS special Seeing in the Dark, which was screened after his speech. An area of Sonoran Desert surrounding the resort provided an ideal stage to enjoy starry skies with a “star party” on Monday evening, featuring Ferris as special guest.


The conference concluded with a formal farewell to IDA co-founder Dave Crawford, who is retiring after 20 years of dedicated involvement. An awards banquet held Tuesday recognized both Dave and his wife, Board Treasurer Mary Crawford, for their years of outstanding service. New Board Director Chris Monrad presented the first David L. Crawford Lifetime Achievement Award to invaluable volunteer Jack Sales. Jack extended his commitment to dark skies from development of the IDA Web site and involvement on the IDA Board to an active section leadership in California, where he visited many cities to advocate in favor of local lighting ordinances. In 2007 Jack received the Sacramento Environmental Commission Award for “Providing Leadership Toward the Protection and Enhancement of the Environment in the Greater Sacramento Community.”


Executive Director Awards were received by Dr. Duco Schreuder, who has been instrumental in the CIE and in the Netherlands to limit sky glow; INACAP — Instituto Nacional de CAPacitatcion (National Job Training Institute) for their installation of dark sky friendly fixtures which set the example of shielding and glare avoidance near the international observatories in Chile; Milt Roney, who graciously volunteered to offer his vast experience on Capitol Hill after joining the Night Symposium in 2007; Aaron Reid, an exemplary volunteer currently co-leader of the IDA Colorado Section; and Charlotte McGowan, who has assisted with almost every IDA organizational event in the past year.


Sara Davis, 8th grader at Pine Elementary School, received the George & Edythe Taylor Student Award for her project “Star Light, Star Bright”, which attempts to produce a more efficient lamp using red light. Miss Davis’ project has also received a silver medal in the Arizona Science and Engineering Fair in the Environmental Science and Management category.


The Hoag-Robinson Award, named in honor of two pioneers in lighting reform, is given to an individual who has been outstanding in educating governmental organizations, businesses, and the public about the merits of outdoor lighting control ordinances over the past year.  The 2008 winner is full time volunteer and IDA European Liaison Officer, Friedel Pas.  Friedel introduced IDA to Belgium by including IDA membership with the Belgian group Preventie Lichthinder (preventing light pollution). He is also one of the primary organizers of the Belgian Night of Darkness, which is currently in its 13th year and takes place in early spring. Other entities recognized for increasing public awareness of dark skies were IDA San Diego; Ben Harder, US News & World Report; David Owens, New Yorker; Joe Frannea, IDA Southern Arizona; Susan Harder, IDA New York.


One more designation to celebrate is the recognition of the Cherry Springs State Park in Pennsylvania as the second International Dark Sky Park. Land custodians who recognize the effects of light pollution as both an environmental waste and a cultural loss are in a unique position to preserve the valuable heritage of dark skies.


Passion for IDA’s message is growing as the importance of dark skies emerges in relation to human health, energy savings, the ecosystem, and as a rapidly disappearing natural and cultural heritage. The conference created an opportunity for advocates to partner with pioneers of the most innovative, efficient lighting technologies in the world, opening a necessary dialogue between science and nature. With the continued assistance of supporters dedicated to reducing light pollution, we are starting to achieve a balance after all.


More information on the awards, the speakers, and the conference will be presented in the next issue of Nightscape, the official IDA newsletter.

We would also like to thank our 


Sponsors & Exhibitors

Platinum Level

Musco Sports Lighting

Gold Level

B-K Lighting (Proceedings and Poster Sponsor)


Monrad Engineering, Inc. (Tote Bags)

Silver Level

Magnaray International (Networking Luncheon)

Starry Night Lights (KPNO Trip)

Visionaire Lighting, LLC

Bronze Level
    Dr. and Mrs. David L. Crawford

Delight's Earthly Delights


Green Earth Lighting


Energy Plus Lighting


LSI Industries


Philips Lighting North America


Vision 3 Lighting



Copper Level

Benya Lighting Design


Silent Auction, Event & Other Sponsors

Starizona (Star Party Sponsor)


Celestron (FirstScope 60EQ)


Mountain High B&B and Observatory (one weeknight stay, good anytime for one year) Julian, CA


Gordon's Park, Wilderness Retreat & Interpretive Centre, Two nights accommodations for two in the "Stargazing Cabin," situated in the dark sky preserve at Gordon's Park on Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada.  Valid in June 2008 or June 2009.


Starry Night Lights (A selection of dark sky friendly lighting)


Bulbrite Industries, Inc.

Dark Sky Friendly Compact Fluorescent Bulbs (CF15C/DS/U)  




Rob Burgess, Terri LaMar and Southern Maine Astronomers - Guided tour of the night sky for up to 12 at Starburst Meadows Observatory, Brunswick, Maine. (includes light refreshments)


LOEWS Ventana Canyon Resort, Tucson, AZ - Gift Card



Khatodusa - Two SureFire G2 LED Black flashlights, RETRO fitted with Makkoff Device's M60 Cree LED and Khatodusa Lens.  Value: $125.00 retail



Olive Garden Italian Restaurant - $30 Gift Certificate



The International Dark-Sky Association would like to thank the speakers for the landmark 20th Anniversary Annual General Meeting and Conference



Keynotes (ordered by schedule):

Technology Keynote
Dr. George Craford
Chief Technology Officer at Philips Lumileds on “LEDs Past, Present, and Future”

Time: Monday Opening Session
Astronomy Keynote
Professor Timothy Ferris
Renowned Science Writer and Lecturer (confirmed)

Presentation includes a screening of his recent PBS special “Seeing in the Dark.” (pending)

Monday Evening Session and Star Party
Psychology and Wellness Keynote
Dr. Rubin Naiman
The University of Arizona and Miraval Resorts on “The Loss of Night Consciousness and the Sleep Disorders Epidemic”

Tuesday Evening


Tuesday Awards Banquet:
Tim Hunter,
co-founder of IDA on “20 Years of Night Sky Preservation”


Further Esteemed Speakers and Informational Tracks


Safety & Security:

  • John Fitzpatrick, Assistant Chief Patrol Agent in the Tucson Sector, Department of Homeland Security, US Border Patrol
  • Dr. Randy Atlas PhD AIA CPP, Atlas Safety & Security Design, Inc. “Improving Security using CPTED without light pollution” (also a roundtable discussion)
  • Melissa McCarthy, General Manager OCAS, Inc., “Safe Skies v. Dark Skies – Can We Have Both?”


Lighting, Design & Energy :

  • Christopher J Baddiley, Institution of Lighting Engineers (UK) “Towards Understanding Sky Glow;” complete ILE paper presented in proceedings (also a roundtable discussion)
  • Michael A. Boyd, LSI Industries Inc., “Canopy Lighting for the Future”
  • Dr. Chris Elvidge, Director of the NGDC Earth Observation Group at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, “Changes in the DMSP Satellite Readings at Night and What They Mean for Lighting Pollution and Energy Usage”
  • Bradley D. Schlesselman, LC, Musco Sports Lighting on "Energy-Efficient Advancements in Sports Lighting"
  • Luis Lomelino Fernandes, Ph.D., Research Engineer at the California Lighting Technology Center, on Occupancy Sensors
  • Bill Hein, V.P. Product Development & Technology for Visionaire Lighting, LLC, “HID Lamps and Dark Sky Friendly Technology”
  • Mary Matteson Bryan, Pacific Gas & Electric, “Utilities and Their Perspective on Emerging Outdoor Lighting Technologies”
  • Panel “City of Ann Arbor, LED Retrofit”: Mike Bergren, City of Ann Arbor; Bob Hahn, Lumecon Technologies; Peter Hochstein, Relume Technologies



  • Mario Di Sora, IDA Italy, “The Italian Protocol: Interactions with Industry and Government”
  • Olga M. Ramos, GIS Analyst,USDA Forest Service San Juan, PR “Light Pollution in the Shining Star of the Caribbean: Recovering the nightscape for future generations in island of Puerto Rico”
  • Panel: Jack Sales, IDA California; Debra Norvil, Resident, City of Homer Glen, IL; Keith Krueger, IDA Pinal County; Cindy Luongo Cassidy, Green Earth Lighting

Community Participation & Night Sky Inspirations:

  • Nate Tyler, Founder, Lights Out San Francisco
  • Dr. Connie Walker, Education Director at the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO), GLOBE at Night 2007 Results and International Year of Astronomy
  • Dr. Paul Bogard, Professor at Northland College, “The Narrative of the Night: Using Story to Inspire, Educate, and Raise Awareness”
  • Martin Morgan-Taylor, Principal Lecturer at DeMontfort University (UK), “Survey Results on Lighting Disturbances, UK Government Department for Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)” (also a roundtable discussion)


  • Mike Simmons, Founder, Astronomers Without Borders on “The World At Night” Photo Gallery (also a roundtable discussion)
  • John Jardine Goss, Astronomical League Secretary, “Confronting Light Pollution: A Problem Not to Be Ignored”

Papers & Posters:

  • Ong Swee Hong, Senior Lighting Consultant, Singapore, “Government Policies and Its Effects on the Illumination of the Urban Nightscape” (paper)
  • Susan Harder, SELENE Dark Sky Advocate, “Successes in New York” (paper)
  • Scott Davis, IDA, “Ecologically Sensitive Urban Night Lighting” (poster)
  • Erin Craine, IDA, “Glare Measurement: Preliminary Study Using a Digital Camera to Measure Commercial Light Sources (poster)
  • International Dark Sky Places Committee “International Dark Sky Reserves”
  • Dr. Paulette Hebert, Courtney Lasater, Oklahoma State University “Outdoor Lighting Products Survey of Retail Establishments: Observations from a Field Study Participant.” (poster & roundtable discussion)

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