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.

Resources

GOOD NEIGHBOR LIGHTING POLICY CONSIDERATIONS (sHORT 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, Director of Public Policy at the 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?

Colorado Plateau Dark Sky Cooperative & International Dark Sky Association. Hosted by the Illuminating Engineering Society

DARK SKY FRIENDLY HOME LIGHTING PROGRAM

Is your home nature, neighbor, and night sky friendly? Follow the steps to find out. Most people will find that a few simple changes can lead to home lighting that is both beautiful and functional, without contributing excessive light pollution.

International Dark Sky Association

“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