Posted November 29, 2016
Congratulations to the Starry Chicago Team! You ROCK!
you for your amazing teamwork to reduce light pollution!
Many thanks to IDA for recognizing these awesome students and Colleen~ their team coach & teacher with this fine award.
On Nov 29, 2016, at 8:34 PM, Diana Umpierre wrote:
It is our honor to let you know that IDA has awarded you a 2016 Rising Star Award. This award presented to students who have demonstrated an interest in dark sky preservation and/or research by developing exceptional science fair projects, conducting research, or other activities coordinated with their schools or universities. Starry Chicago has certainly earned it!!
Audrey gave us a wonderful write-up about your team, which we adapted and included in our website. We would love to include a photo as well. Feel free to send one along ;)
This coming Saturday, December 3, we will be recognizing you during the presentation of the 2016 awards at our Annual General Meeting (AGM).
The AGM agenda is posted at link below.
The presentation of awards is scheduled to begin around 10:45 AM (Arizona time). We hope you can join us remotely during this presentation. If you can, I recommend joining a little earlier (may be 10:15 am?), just in case we are running earlier than usual, and/or to ensure the connection is working ok. You are also invited to join the webcast of our entire IDA Members meeting, which will run from 8 AM to 1:15 PM (Arizona time).
To join the webcast, follow this link to “join” the meeting:
You’ll be prompted to download the Webex software, which should not take very long. If you prefer to use your phone for audio, call +1 (240) 454-0879 and type in access code 665 604 589 (United States only). You can also use your smartphone by downloading the appropriate app (iPhone or Android).
On behalf of the IDA board and staff,
Diana Umpierre, AICP, GISP
International Dark-Sky Association
Posted July 17, 2016
Preckwinkle, Cook County president
makes a surprise visit to the CAS stargazing session
at Little Red School House
Cook County president made a surprise visit to the stargazing session at Little
Red School House July 16th. She got applause and kudos from the assembled group
of 86 guests of all ages. Toni stayed for nearly the entire time, enjoying the
presentations and looked through every telescope. She said she was very
impressed and happy with the quality of the presentations and the friendliness
of the event... and that she truly enjoyed her time. Also, she plans on coming
back to stargaze with us again, maybe in September. Kudos to Marion Kowalski and
a core team of volunteers, who has been doing a fine job hosting this event
consistently for 25 years.
Posted April 24, 2016
2 Action Items:
There is no longer a need to compromise.
We can have starlight, and our streetlights too.
We have the smarts to do it.
Get rid of Chicago light pollution for a healthier & happier quality of life.
Please sign and share this petition in as many ways that you can think of. Every signature helps. We need thousands of signatures, letters to the editor, organizations & school involved, and more.
Please speak up now, while the Chicago lighting plans are being tweaked.
Mayor Emanuel has a solid plan to replace 270,000 lights— the largest city lighting installation in the world.
If we we speak up now, and manage to raise the awareness level and engage others, we can restore starlight.
The City of Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel through the CIT~ Chicago Infrastructure Trust,
• No matter
where you live, please send a hand-written letter to Mayor Rahm Emanuel at City
Hall. If you live outside of Chicago, remind him that Chicago’s light pollution
affects the skies in 100 miles in all directions.
• Please call and write your alderman, they will have the final vote to approve the Mayor’s lighting plan for Chicago. They can help stop streetlights from shining into bedroom windows, and also into the night sky.
• Chicago Park District will also have a say. The CPD has monthly Board of Commissioners meetings that you can speak at for a limit of 2 minutes. You can also submit a written comment. See their webpage.
• Chicago Department of Transportation needs to hear from you. They hear hundreds of complaints for MORE lighting. Make sure they hear from you about issues of light pollution.
• Chicago Infrastructure Trust is tasked by Mayor Emanuel to gather information for the Chicago lighting plan. Let them know what you think!
If we want
to end light pollution, we need to fight for it. It’s now or never time.
Petitioning Rahm Emanuel
Dear Mayor Rahm Emanuel,
o Increased risk of cancers, metabolic disease, obesity, depression, sleep disorders, cognitive impairments, and other diseases.
o Suppresses melatonin production, which helps induce sleep, boosts the immune system and helps the functioning of the thyroid, pancreas, ovaries, testes and adrenal glands.
o *Light pollution affects firefly reproduction as well as circadian disruption among the Monarch butterfly, interfering with safe migration.
Wildlife and Ecosystems:
o Nocturnal animals (animals that sleep during the day and are active at night) get confused about night in day when excessive manmade light trespasses their space, which affects their nocturnal activity, interfering with reproduction and reducing populations.
o Many species of birds rely on seasonal cues to migrate or hunt at night. Manmade light can cause birds to wander off course, possibly leading them to migrate too early or too late, missing ideal climate conditions for nesting.
o *According to the Fatal Light Awareness Program(FLAP), the estimated number of migrating birds killed annually in collisions with buildings ranges from 100 million to 1 billion birds.
o Sea turtles hatch at night on the beach, and are guided by moonlight to the horizon over the ocean surface. Manmade lights draw them away from the water and to their demise. Unfortunately, millions of baby turtles die this way every year in Florida alone.
o *Artificial lighting at night (ALAN) can disrupt an organisms natural sense of day and night, including trees and plants, causing the flowering, budding, and fruiting rhythms of the species to trigger at times not normally regulated by their natural cycles.
Crime and Safety:
o Brighter does not necessarily mean safer. While outdoor lighting is intended to increase safety at night, too much lighting can have the opposite effect. Glare from bright lighting constricts our pupils, which makes it harder for our eyes to adjust to low-light conditions.
Light pollution wastes taxpayer money and natural resources, and puts Chicago citizens at risk. Please choose Chicago lighting carefully, banning the blue-rich bright-white spectrum.
o Ban blue-rich bright white light and CCT over 3000K for most outdoor applications. Blue emitting light is not a safe option for our citizens
o Use adaptive controls allowing the use of timers, dimmers, and light-on-demand motion activation
o Eliminate light trespass and skyglow by not allowing luminaires to send any light directly at or above the horizontal
o Forever ban the "streetlight-to-keyhole" lighting mandate
o Use minimal lumens required for the job
o Aim for a decrease of total installed flux (in the same manner as other pollutants are being reduced)
o Consider whether a particular light is even needed at all
Please help make this happen! You know how to get it done. We’re counting on you!Respectfully submitted,
Posted August 11, 2014