Light pollution and urban sprawl are erasing our night skies.
Light pollution has been linked to the disruption of natural wildlife cycles and an increase in diabetes, obesity, depression, sleep disorders and certain cancers in humans. It is a waste of energy, resources and money, and limits our ability to view the wonders of the night sky.
There is a solution.
Worthy Environmental partners with the INTERNATIONAL DARK-SKY ASSOCIATION: OREGON CHAPTER to raise awareness about light pollution, joining a network of more than 50 chapters on five continents to preserve and protect the nighttime environment and our heritage of dark skies through environmentally responsible outdoor lighting.
Join the movement
Use fully-shielded fixtures
Aim your shielded light beam downward and towards the area you need light. A dark sky does not mean dark ground. Smart lighting creates a balance between safety and starlight.
Choose energy-efficient lightbulbs & fixtures
Using energy-efficient options will save you money and help to reduce the carbon footprint of your home or business.
Aim for 2700 Kelvin bulbs or lower, amber in color
Limit the amount of shorter wavelength (blue-violet) light to the least amount needed. Blue lights affect wildlife behavior.
Install timers, dimmers & motion sensors
Use controls to ensure that light is available only when its needed and dimmed when possible.
Use light only when needed
All light should have a clear purpose. Consider how the use of light will impact the area, including wildlife and their habitats.
Talk to friends, family & coworkers
Be informative and stay positive. Suggest alternatives to their current lighting.
Contact your city & county officials
Encourage them to implement smarter lighting practices in your community. Keep the discussion focused on the positive outcomes and try to anticipate any questions officials might ask about costs and safety issues.