Good Neighbor

Good neighbor policies and practices keep light out of the night sky and on the ground where it belongs. Being a good neighbor means recognizing that how we light our property has an impact on our human neighbors as well as wildlife, plants, and insects.

The Good Neighbor Toolkit includes resources for better understanding what it means to be a good neighbor, how to take action around your own home and neighborhood, and an overview of good neighbor lighting policies and best practices.

GOOD NEIGHBOR LIGHTING POLICY CONSIDERATIONS | 13 MIN VIDEO

A 13 minute overview of good neighbor policy considerations including: a description of common law nuisance, the definition of light trespass, indications for how to find appropriate lighting, and illustrations on how to make good neighbor behaviors both compulsory and durable.

John Barentine, Former Director of Public Policy at International Dark Sky Association

A BEAUTIFUL NIGHT IN THE NEIGHBORHOoD | WEBINAR

An hour long webinar that covers who our neighbors are, how light pollution affects those neighbors, and how good neighbor lighting policies and best practices can solve problems before they start. Won’t you be our neighbor?

Hosted by the Illuminating Engineering Society

DARK SKIES AT HOME | 4 Min Video

How many exterior lights do you have around your home or property? Are you sure? Have you carefully considered each fixture’s need, function, or design? Are you minimizing light pollution in your own backyard?

International Dark Sky Association

DARK SKY FRIENDLY HOME LIGHTING | WEBSITES & PROGRAMS

lead to home lighting that is both beautiful and functional, without contributing excessive light pollution.

International Dark Sky Association

GUIDANCE FOR W.S. HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATIONS | WEBSITES & PROGRAMS

The IDA Public Policy Committee has approved model CC&Rs suitable for use by HOAs around the U.S. In order to make it adaptable to local legal requirements, it is less prescriptive than IDA’s other model outdoor lighting policies such as the Model Lighting Ordinance. Rather, its guidance is rooted in the  five principles for responsible outdoor lighting adopted jointly by IDA and the Illuminating Engineering Society in 2020.

International Dark Sky Association

CONSERVATION AT HOME | WEBSITES & PROGRAMS

Anyone can help conserve national, state, and local parks and other protected areas by taking action at home! Water, lands, and air are all connected, so the actions people take at home have far-reaching effects. People interested in helping protect water, air, and wildlife can do a variety of things: Plant native flowers, use dark-sky friendly lighting fixtures, limit or avoid fertilizer, and reduce water waste. Explore these topics for more ideas.

National Park Service

“Our world hangs like a magnificent jewel in the vastness of space. Every one of us is a part of that jewel. A facet of that jewel. And in the perspective of infinity, our differences are infinitesimal. We are intimately related. May we never even pretend that we are not.”

Fred Rogers, 2002 Dartmouth Commencement Address