AAS 204th Meeting, June 2004
Session 13 RFI Mitigation and Light Pollution Issues
Poster, Monday, May 31, 2004, 9:20am-6:30pm, Ballroom

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[13.04] The IDA Model Outdoor Lighting Ordinance

D.L. Crawford (International Dark-Sky Association)

The International Dark-Sky Association has produced a model outdoor lighting ordinance, available for any community that wishes to adopt an ordinance to control outdoor lighting. The goal is to help protect dark skies and/or to minimize the adverse effects of poor outdoor night lighting.

This is done in response to a high demand for such a model, one that can offer a uniform content to all communities, hence easier to adopt and easier to enforce. It will allow a national educational effort to be done to show the value of such ordinances in practice. There are currently many ordinances in existence, most of them not very effective. It is hard for designers, manufacturers, and others to cope with such a wide variety, and with non-standard terms and requirements. One of the key elements of such the model ordinance is the use of "lighting zones."

The first version (2004.1) is now on the IDA web site, at www.darksky.org. Questions are welcome at any time, address such to ida@darksky.org.

We urge all interest in prserving dark skies for astronomy to become active in the issues, including a push for adoptaton of such a model ordinance in their area. We know that viable ordinances do help greatly in preseving dark skies for astronomy, and the good ones now in existence prove this fact.

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