2) Contributing to updated outdoor lighting guidelines in Richmond Members of Richmond's Urban Design Committee sought our expertise as they began revising guidelines for outdoor lighting. Our input has already made a difference in new applications. The new guidelines will be finalized early next year.
3) Promoting best practices for LED lighting in Powhatan County The lessons learned in Henrico will benefit other communities. Powhatan is already home to one of the strongest ordinances in the state, if not the best, but groundless corporate claims had prevailed when it came to limiting Color Correlated Temperature (CCT). That's likely to change soon now that IDA has issued their new Fixture Seal of Approval standards that include limiting harmful blue-white light emissions with a CCT maximum of 3,000Kelvin.
4) Supporting advocates from across Virginia Throughout the year we were in touch with residents promoting wise use of outdoor lighting and/or fighting intrusive glare and light trespass at home from Louisa County to Loudoun County. We help in whatever way we can including guidance, our electronic library of resources, copies of books, etc.
5) Providing outreach and education In March I was the featured presenter and a panel member for an event focused on lighting and public safety that was part of Starry Nights Harrisonburg organized by The End of Night author and JMU professor Paul Bogard and JMU planetarium director Shanil Virani.
2015 will begin with two more presentations--in Staunton and Williamsburg. As a Virginia Master Naturalist, I am also assisting with development of a cultural/natural history education program that will focus on the experience of the night time environment in centuries past.
While Virginia IDA is not a stand-alone nonprofit and we do not accept donations, we are part of IDA and I encourage you to consider membership. It's been a great year for IDA: six more parks received eco-friendly lighting,13 more dark sky places were certified, Florida's sea turtles will soon benefit from increased protection, and public awareness continues to grow. Please consider helping us strive toward the achievable goal of bringing back our view of the thousands of stars we erase with our wasted light (like at Mont-Megantic where light pollution levels are now back to what they were in the 1970s!).
with best wishes to you at this special time of year~
co-leader, Virginia chapter of the International Dark-Sky Association