Get Involved

What Can You Do?

  1. Inspect your home’s lighting: Check your home for unnecessary or poorly
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    designed outdoor lighting and replace it, as needed.

  2. Use Dark Sky Friendly Lighting at your home and business: Look for Dark Sky Friendly Lighting with the IDA’s guide.
  3. Talk to your friends, family and neighbors: Raise awareness about light pollution by educating others about what they can do to reduce light pollution.
  4. Spread the word online: Increase education and awareness about light pollution by discussing it online.
  5. Use International Dark-Sky Association approved lighting: This lighting can be found here.
  6. Heed our calls to action: Stay up to date on IDA news to learn more about the best ways to reduce and prevent light pollution.
  7. Join or start a chapter: Find an IDA chapter near you by clicking here.
  8. Become a citizen scientist: Participate in projects like Globe At Night, MySkyatNight and others. Learn more here.
  9. Set up a table at a local event: Raise awareness with IDA Educational Materials.
  10. Give a talk: Educate groups and the public about light pollution by giving a presentation.
  11. Advocate for a lighting ordinance in your town: Make reducing light pollution a community effort by advocating for a lighting ordinance, code, or policy in your community.
  12. Visit an IDA Dark Sky Park: Enjoy the night sky at one of the IDA’s parks. Click here to find the park closest to you.

For more information, visit the IDA’s website.

Keeping Your Community Dark

Create Lighting Ordinances, Laws and Policies: Lighting Ordinances are a great way to

Photo Credit: International Dark-Sky Association (IDA)

reduce light pollution as a community. Ordinances, codes, laws, or policies can be written to require that municipalities implement good and safe outdoor lighting. The IDA has designed a Model Lighting Ordinance (MLO) for North American communities. Click here to see the MLO template. Additionally, click here to learn how to identify existing ordinances, ensure their enforcement, and advocate for lighting ordinances in your community. To read more about lighting laws and policies, click here.

Talk to your Neighbors and Community Leaders: Some outdoor lighting is poorly designed, simply due to lack of education about light pollution. You can help by talking to your neighbors and community leaders about their lighting choices. Glare producing streetlights are very common in many areas, and can be remedied through education about the characteristics of bad streetlights and talking with the agencies responsible about alternative lighting. Communicating with your neighbors about harmful lighting can also help to reduce light pollution. For tips on how to begin this conversation, click here.

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