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Michael Colligan is joined by experts, advocates, and professionals to discuss creating better quality night skies.

Restoring Darkness NAILD

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Michael Colligan is joined by experts, advocates, and professionals to discuss creating better quality night skies.

    Darkness News Update with Scott Wachter June 20th, 2024

    Darkness News Update with Scott Wachter June 20th, 2024

    Highlights from this episode:Test CasesCase StudiesWaterfrontsA History LessonSponsored by Evlumahttps://evluma.com/dark-sky-friendly-lighting/Intro and outro music by Doctor Turtle Headlines and Sources can be found at RestoringDarkness.com

    • 7 min
    Legislating Darkness Restoration with Illinois State Senator Laura Ellman

    Legislating Darkness Restoration with Illinois State Senator Laura Ellman

    Yep. Our first politician. And she’s on our side. Senator Ellman got Bill SB3501, The Outdoor Lighting Control Act, passed in both houses in Illinois. Senator Ellman will admit she didn’t get everything she wanted in it, but as she says, this is just one step on the path (this IS politics after all). We were impressed with her humility, honesty, and down to earth approach - politician or not. NOTE: There were some video and audio issues with Senator Ellman, but we deemed them not bad enough and the content too good not to release the episode. State Senator Laura Ellman was first elected to serve in the Illinois General Assembly in November of 2018 and re-elected in 2022. Senate District 21 includes parts of Bolingbrook, Downers Grove, Glen Ellyn, Lisle, Lombard, Naperville, Wheaton and Warrenville. Senator Ellman currently serves on a number of committees, including Agriculture; Appropriations, Chairperson of Environment and Conservation; Vice-Chairperson of Financial Institutions; Transportation and Veterans Affairs. Senator Ellman was the first child to attend college in both her parents’ families. After graduating from Grinnell College with a degree in mathematics, she earned a masters’ degree in applied statistics at the University of Iowa. Professionally, she has more than 25 years of experience working in manufacturing and engineering and dealing with regulations and policies. Senator Ellman currently lives in Naperville with her husband Pete, a musician and small business owner, and they are proud parents of two adult children. Connect with Senator Ellman: http://senatorlauraellman.com/ https://www.facebook.com/senatorellman/ https://www.instagram.com/statesenatorlauraellman/  

    • 25 min
    Darkness News Update with Scott Wachter June 6th, 2024

    Darkness News Update with Scott Wachter June 6th, 2024

    Highlights from this episode:FDA DenialsThere’s an App for ThatPauses and Paws at the BorderStressed RodentsSponsored by Evlumahttps://evluma.com/dark-sky-friendly-lighting/Intro and outro music by Doctor Turtle Headlines and Sources at restoringdarkness.com

    • 9 min
    Hardcore Advocacy with Ed Friedman

    Hardcore Advocacy with Ed Friedman

    Beautiful Merrymeeting Bay in Maine, is an important area for wildlife habitat, and for humans. For decades, people have enjoyed a pristine view of the night sky - until the local electrical utility replaced two towers and lit them up, right at the iconic Chops, lighting the area for miles around. Ed and the Friends of Merrymeeting Bay got that changed, but they ended up out of the frying pan and into the fire with an aircraft radar detection system. And the battle continues. On the Friends of Merrymeeting Bay (FOMB) Steering Committee since the winter of 1993, Ed has been Chair since 1996. In this work he has written major grants and initiated projects in the areas of land conservation, research, advocacy, and education. Two projects, Aquatic & Upland Habitat Assessment of Merrymeeting Bay over time utilizing historical and current aerial photography combined with GIS to look at land use and vegetation changes over time; and Caged Bivalve Studies on the Kennebec and Androscoggin to monitor PCBs and dioxins, have been the first projects of their type in the state of Maine and quite successful. A multi-year Circulation Study of the Bay and six tributaries was also a major accomplishment. Most recently FOMB has been on the cutting edge of affordable PFAS sampling. 

    • 44 min
    Be A Good Neighbor with Patrick Sommer

    Be A Good Neighbor with Patrick Sommer

    Patrick is the DarkSky International delegate in the Fargo North Dakota area. Patrick has found that framing the light pollution argument around astronomy, animal life, ecosystems, etc. can cause some audiences to nod off and glaze over. What gets everyone’s attention is “light trespass,” and human health. Lead with that and then people will listen to the other reasons why light pollution is a problem. And of course, there is the one argument that gets EVERYONE’S attention. Turn off your lights and save money! Patrick Sommer has been a lifelong enthusiast for the night sky, space exploration, and in late 2019 translated that enthusiasm into an application to be a delegate for the International Dark-Sky Association, now known as DarkSky International. Representing the organization in the Fargo, North Dakota area, by 2020 he was working social media accounts and as the world moved in and out of COVID restrictions getting in front of local sustainability and astronomy clubs. Additionally, he has represented the night to the now dormant Red River Valley Climate Action Committee and presented information on light pollution to the City of Fargo’s Sustainability and Resiliency Committee and the City of Moorhead’s Streetlight subcommittee. Of late he has been active with Starry Skies North, a conglomerate of Dark Sky enthusiast and activists based in Duluth and Minneapolis, Minnesota. Connect with Patrick: @StarrySkiesND on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter/Xhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/patrick-sommer-28926b58/ Connect with The Soft Lights Foundation: https://www.softlights.org 

    • 44 min
    Darkness News Update with Scott Wachter May 23rd, 2024

    Darkness News Update with Scott Wachter May 23rd, 2024

    The Darkness News Update is a biweekly series that explores current events in light at night – be it biological research, new developments in lamps, actions by advocates, and changes in policy.Highlights from this episode:Going Back to CourtNew PoliciesMigrationsEmailSponsored by Evlumahttps://evluma.com/dark-sky-friendly-lighting/Intro and outro music by Doctor Turtle Headlines and sources for this episode can be found on restoringdarkness.com

    • 12 min

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