Become an International Dark Sky Community

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The increased and widespread use of artificial light at night is not only impairing our view of the universe, it is adversely affecting our environment, our safety, our energy consumption and our health. The good news is that light pollution, unlike many other forms of pollution, is reversible and each one of us can make a difference.

One way to make a difference is to become an International Dark Sky Community. This designation is for a town, city, municipality or other legally organized community that has shown exceptional dedication to the preservation of the night sky through the implementation and enforcement of a quality outdoor lighting ordinance, dark sky education and citizen support of dark skies. Dark Sky Communities excel in their efforts to promote responsible lighting and dark sky stewardship and set good examples for surrounding communities.

In a webinar scheduled for Nov. 15 at noon, Pamela Newton, COO of the Village of Hawthorn Woods, IL, will share how being an International Dark Sky Community has had a positive impact on her community and why your community should consider turning out the lights at night.

This webinar is complimentary, but you must register to participate. If interested, regsister at

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