Saving the starry night: What cities need to know about light pollution
Malbon, Lindsay A.R.
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The purpose of this study was to determine the current knowledge and outdoor lighting practices that city planners and engineers in local governments in Canada are making in light pollution reduction. Interviews were conducted with city planners, engineers, dark sky sites, city staff and officials, astronomers, and light pollution experts to provide a holistic approach on this topic. The findings from this project suggest that local governments are looking for increased information about light pollution, municipalities have limited tools to reduce light pollution, and that additional knowledge is needed when municipalities retrofit lighting such as changing from high pressure sodium (HPS) to light emitting diode (LED) lights. This project can provide local governments with information to assist with light pollution reduction and making informed outdoor lighting decisions in their municipality.