Monthly Guest Spotlights

“Of all the things you can say about planning, one thing is certain: it can no longer be done by one person. And if you can determine what the planning problem is, then that determines the disciplines that must be involved in the solution to the problem.1”

– Ian McHarg

In an effort to recognize the incredible people involved in dark sky conservation throughout the Colorado Plateau and beyond, we are featuring a short article on a different individual or group of individuals each month in our newsletter.

Dark sky conservation is a form of sustainable development with goals to preserve night sky quality, darkness as a natural resource, and the ability for present and future generations to enjoy starry night skies. To be successful, dark sky conservation and other forms of sustainable development depend on quality, comprehensive planning.

Dark sky conservation is a planning problem that not only depends on planners, but on local leaders, municipalities, government agencies, parks, scientists, engineers, artists, entrepreneurs, and a multitude of other disciplines. As the late landscape architect Ian McHarg once said, “Of all the things you can say about planning, one thing is certain: it can no longer be done by one person.”

This month please enjoy learning about the work of Randy Stanley, Natural Sounds & Night Skies Coordinator, NPS Intermountain Region. To access a pdf of the article click here.

If you would like to be featured please email darkskycooperative@gmail.com.

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1. McHarg, Ian L. Ian McHarg on City Planning. Berkeley Planning Journal, 3(2), (1988). ucb_crp_bpj_13178. Retrieved from: http://escholarship.org/uc/item/5gj2n3d1.

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