New Dark Sky Assessment Guide

The Rural Planning Group, a project of Housing and Community Development in the Utah Community Development Office, created a wonderful Dark Sky Assessment Guide for communities interested in dark sky protections. Check it out here! (http://www.ruralplanning.org/assets/dark-sky-assessment-guide—web.pdf) For more information please visit the Utah Rural Planning website at http://www.ruralplanning.org/ or contact Aubrey Larsen at aubreychristensen@utah.gov.    …

Embracing the Night

by Kelly Bastone Originally posted on Mountain Magazine Communities across the Colorado Plateau are determined to preserve one of America’s last patches of uncorrupted darkness. AS A KID, BETTYMAYA FOOTT’S FAVORITE BED WAS HER BACKYARD TRAMPOLINE. LYING THERE, HER DROWSY EYELIDS WOULD FLUTTER OPEN TO SEE THE STARS AND THE UNPOLLUTED DARKNESS ABOVE MOAB, UTAH. “THAT…

NASA DEVELOP Map of Light Pollution on the Colorado Plateau

Check out this great video about the new map of light pollution on the Colorado Plateau that NASA DEVELOP created for the Colorado Plateau Dark Sky Cooperative. The team is utilizing NASA Earth Observations from Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (NPP) Visible Infrared Image Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) Day-Night Band (DNB) to model the artificial light pollution…

Debate team holds mock congress at League of Women Voters Event

By: by Rose Egelhoff Originally posted on The Times-Independent The League of Women Voters collaborated with the Grand County High School debate team to host an informational speech and mock congress on Nov. 13. The informational speech informed audience members about the use of light ordinances in protecting dark skies. In the mock congress, students debated a…

Darkness is worth protecting in the upper Ogden Valley

By: STANDARD-EXAMINER EDITORIAL BOARD Featured Image by: BENJAMIN ZACK/Standard-Examiner “Stars shine over the Northern Wasatch Mountains above North Fork Park in Eden. The park was designated as an International Dark Sky Park in 2015. Such a designation is rare for a location so close to an urban area. The glow from the lights of Ogden…

Helper as heart of darkness? Could be good idea

Originally posted on the Sun Advocate By: John Serfustini, Sun Advocate Editor   If anyone should ask you how many public light fixtures there are in Helper, you can answer that there are 487 of them. Then you can add that 375 of them are on all night. But wait, there’s more. There are also data…

Exploring Light Pollution In Salt lake City

This article was originally posted on KUER 90.1. Visit their website to listen to the entire piece. By: Nicole Nixon Midway through International Dark Sky Week, Bettymaya Foott is leading about a dozen people through downtown Salt Lake City after dusk. Foott works with the Colorado Plateau Dark Sky Cooperative. It aims to preserve views…

Utah Leads The World With Nine International Dark Sky Parks

Originally published on the IDA website Featured Image: The Milky Way arches across the sky as seen from Antelope Island State Park. Photo by Dan Ransom. Antelope Island State Park in Utah, U.S., has officially been awarded the title of International Dark Sky Park by IDA. It is the ninth such designation for Utah, more than…

Southern Utah town has starring role in dark-sky movement

Torrey • Utah is emerging as a global leader in protecting dark skies from light pollution, attracting visits to the Colorado Plateau that during the next decade are expected to pump $2.5 billion into rural economies. Residents in several southern Utah communities have mounted a grass-roots push to retrofit old lighting outside homes, business and…

SLC Lighting Jane Jacobs Walk April 25

We have all heard of air and water pollution, but did you know that there is such a thing as ‘light pollution’? Join us and learn about Salt Lake City’s light pollution, the efforts being made to protect our dark skies, and what you can do to help! Link to event on Jane Jacobs Walk…

IN DEFENSE OF DARK SKIES

Originally published on Sustainable Utah, a blog dedicated to Green News at the University of Utah run by the U’s Sustainability Office By: Colter Dye, Sustainability Ambassador   Bridging the borders of three great North American ecosystems: the Great Basin, the Colorado Plateau, and the Rocky Mountains, Salt Lake City is a popular destination for…