HOW IT IS DONE
How We Implement Policy
Creating A Group/Designation With The IDA
"International Dark Sky Place designations almost always begin with a small group of individuals who organize to seek formal protection of their nightscape. By arranging for good outdoor lighting policies, rehabilitating poor-quality outdoor lighting installations, and reaching out to educate neighbors and visitors on the importance of dark skies, International Dark Sky Places (IDSP) set a positive example for their communities and countries." - International Dark Sky Association
READ MORE ON HOW THE DESIGNATION PROCESS WORKS: How To Become An International Dark Sky Place
For those looking to first create "informal" groups, i.e. a group not directly affiliated with the IDA, it is highly recommended and encouraged. You should first educate yourself in the many aspects of light pollution: crime versus lighting, dark sky friendly lighting (shielded) fixture design, the economics of new technology (LED) lighting, arguments for and against, and more. Approach others to develop a core group that can work together and support each other, because the “fight” is going to require patience, a thick skin and polite courage
READ MORE: How To Start A Local Dark Skies Group
Need Help Forming A Group?
Fill out the "FORM A GROUP" contact on our CONTACT US page and we will reach out to you!
Interaction With Local Counties
Interaction With Town
For a better understanding of the interactions with our supporter's towns, browse this firsthand retelling of our application for a Community designation by Deb Stueber.
FINANICAL HELP FOR MEMBERS
For all those looking to or already developing proper Dark Sky practices in your local communities, especially based in Colorado, please feel free to contact WESTSLOPEDARKSKY@GMAIL.COM to inquire about possible funding opportunities. We are always looking to support those who are dedicated to implementing policies to help regulate light pollution.
Join IDA to Protect the Natural Night
Join IDA today and support our important night sky preservation and restoration efforts.
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IDA’s Advocate Network is a global community united in its efforts to protect the night from light pollution.
Check out the work of some of our advocates, and submit your interest.