Throughout history, the night sky has inspired writers of poetry literature and song, infusing people with a sense of wonder and spirituality around the world. Assembled here are some of the great works that mention the splendor of the heavens. Please send us your contributions to this continually growing list of quotes.
"Sirius, the brightest star in the heavens.... My grandfather would say we're part of something incredibly wonderful - more marvelous than we imagine. My grandfather would say we ought to go out and look at it once in a while so we don't lose our place in it." -- Robert Fulghum
This view, rarely seen from urbanized areas, could be your reward. The solution to Light Pollution begins with your own home and your pleine lune aout. When choosing lighting for your home, be considerate of your neighbors. Properly shielded lighting will prevent Light Pollution (e.g. glare, light trespass and sky glow) resulting in a safer and more enjoyable night time environment for everyone.
Light is meant to illuminate the ground where we walk or drive.
So why is it that so much light can be seen from overhead?
Because it is not properly or effectively directed.
Light Pollution -Improperly directed outdoor lighting that results in wasted energy, glare and sky glow.
Light Pollution has an effect on many aspects of life, including:
Please contact us if you would like to know how you can make lighting improvements on your own property with little or no expense and a small investment of time.
We strive to educate people on the problems associated with light pollution. We promote the use of energy efficient lighting and a desire to improve our nighttime environment for the good of everyone.
Apply The Principle of 'AEIOU'
We can all be a part of the solution by becoming aware of how we effect our surroundings and how our surroundings effect us.
Light Pollution Awareness Sites
IDA - International DarkSky Association
National DarkSky Week Website
LiPAW - Light Pollution Awareness Website
NELPAG - The New England Light Pollution Advisory Group
IAU Commission 50 Working Group on "Controlling Light Pollution"
The Glarebuster - Full Cutoff Lighting Solution for Any Home or Business
Government & State Agencies
USGS - U.S. Geological Survey
Assessing the Impact of Urban Sprawl on Soil Resources in the United States
Using Nighttime "City Lights" Satellite Images and Digital Soils Maps
Vermont Agency of Natural Resources
Reflections on the Environment - Light Pollution
Connecticut Council on Environmental Quality
Environmental Quality in Connecticut. (PDF, 912K) Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader
City of Calgary Alberta Canada
Light Pollution Abatement
Envirosmart Street Light Retrofit
The Harmony Institute
Programs - Community Design
Florida Community is Largest in Nation To Join Light-Pollution Fight;
Town of Harmony Puts Lid on Lights Business
BuildingGreen.com - Environmental Building News Featured Pages
Light Pollution: Efforts to Bring Back the Night Sky
Minimizing Light Pollution: A Checklist for Action
US Green Building Council includes Light Pollution in the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System™.
Download a PDF of the LEED Version 2.1 Rating System
(Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)
Enviro Coop - Based in Malta, Enviro Coop offers a variety of environmental services to the community including the formulation of proper exterior lighting strategies towards the prevention of light pollution. The Sierra Club
GREAT BASIN/HIGH DESERT
Let There Be Dark
Pajarito Group comments on...
Proposed La Jara Valley
Gravel Mine, Crusher and Asphalt Batch Plant
National Audobon Society
The Dark Side of Light
National Wildlife Federation
FLAP - Fatal Light Awareness Program
Beach to Bay Connection - South Walton Coastal Conservancy Featured Page
South Walton Turtle Watch - Lighting Disorientation - Solving Lighting Problems
NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Earth's City Lights
Astronomy Picture of the Day - August 27, 2001
Earth Observatory - Bright Lights, Big City
The Fading Milky Way
Science Question of the Week - Oct. 5, 2001 - light pollution prevents seeing Milky Way
Project Starshine - What is Light Pollution?
Sky & Telescope Magazine
Saving Dark Skies
Stellafane No Longer Captive to Brightening Skies
World's Population Losing Sight of Dark Skies
Astronomical Society of Greater Hartford (Connecticut)
ASGH - Light Pollution Information
Stellafane - Convention of Amature Telescope Makers (Springfield, VT)
Springfield Light Pollution Update
Phil Harrington's STAR WARE (and More!)
Dark-Sky Observing Site Directory
Design of an Energy Efficient Outdoor Nighttime Urban Lighting System
("Online Book" - Master's thesis on light pollution by Phil Harrington)
SkyChasers.net - Natural Wonders In The Sky
Faith Based Community Efforts
Faith in Place
The Hyde Park Circle takes part in a larger international effort known as the International Dark Skies Association .
State Level Action
The following states have LP legislation pending.
House Bill 1282 - THE NIGHT SKY PROTECTION ACT.
(This link downloads a PDF of the bill, to view it you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader)
Locate and Contact your Arkansas Senator
Locate and Contact your Arkansas Representative Connecticut
House Bill 5024 - AN ACT REDUCING OUTDOOR LIGHT POLLUTION AT STATE BUILDINGS AND FACILITIES. (Statement of Purpose: To reduce state spending and energy consumption, reduce light pollution and glare, and help restore the night sky.)
Locate and Contact your Connecticut Legislator
House Bill 1939 - OUTDOOR LIGHTING POLLUTION CONTROL. REGULATES OUTDOOR LIGHTING. ESTABLISHES A DIVISION OF OUTDOOR LIGHT POLLUTION CONTROL. MAKES A VIOLATION OF THE OUTDOOR LIGHTING POLLUTION CONTROL LAW A CLASS B INFRACTION.
Locate and Contact your Indiana Legislator
A6950 and S3003 - THE HEALTHY, SAFE, AND ENERGY EFFICIENT OUTDOOR LIGHTING ACT HAS BEEN INTRODUCED BY ASSEMBLYMAN ALEXNDER "PETE" GRANNIS AND SENATOR CARL MARCALLINO. THE BILLS ARE KNOWN AS A6950 IN THE ASSEMBLY AND S3003 IN THE SENATE.
Locate and Contact your New York Legislator
S.C.R. 1 - RESOLUTION URGING LIGHT POLLUTION PREVENTION
Locate and Contact your Utah Legislator
House Bill 0099 - ESTABLISHING GUIDELINES FOR THE USE OF OUTDOOR LIGHTING
Locate and Contact your Vermont Senator
Locate and Contact your Vermont Representative
Local Town Action
Is light pollution being dismissed as a "Non-Issue" in your town?
Often times, city officials will not take action against light pollution because they have not heard the negative effects voiced by the people in their town.
You can do your part to help. If you have a light that intrudes on your property or you would just like to see something done about the wasted light and energy that creates light pollution, take a moment to write a letter of concern to your town planner. Every voice is a vote against light pollution and a step toward a more sustainable future.
Here are some suggestions how you and your town can improve outdoor lighting:
Minimizing Light Pollution: A Checklist for Action
(From BuildingGreen.com - Environmental Building News)
National Government Action
Progress toward reform begins with awareness. You can do your part to help raise awareness of the problems associated with Light Pollution. One way to help spread the word and take action is by contacting your Congressperson. Express your desire to see Light Pollution addressed on a national level. You will be helping to save energy and work toward a more sustainable future. In turn our view of the night sky will be preserved and a more enjoyable night time environment will be created for everyone.
Locate Your Congressperson
in the U.S. House of Representatives
(Through this link you can both locate and write to your representative online)
Anti Light Pollution Petition
"Support legislation and an active policy by the UK Government
and Parliament to combat light pollution."
Sign the Petition Here
We are always looking for information on current proposed Light Pollution legislation at a state level or local ordinances at a town or city level. In order for these types of proposals to be adopted they need widespread support. If you know of a city or state that is working to promote LP reform, please write to us. We will post contact information here so that individuals will be able write letters and e-mails showing their support.