International Dark Sky Places

Stars over Big Bend National Park by Tyler Nordgren

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When warranted the IDA offers written statements on current policy and programs related to outdoor lighting.  The following are recommendations provided by the IDA and approved by the Board of Directors.  To comment on the positions, or to suggest statements, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call +1 520 293 3198. 

July 2009: Statement on Energy Efficiency for Outdoor Lighting 

May 2010: Recommended Protected Areas

White Papers

May 2010: Visibility, Environmental, and Astronomical Issues Associated with Blue-Rich White Outdoor Lighting

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