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IDA Now Accepting Applications for Community Friendly Outdoor Sports Lighting Recognition

IDA Now Accepting Applications for Community Friendly Outdoor Sports Lighting Recognition Image

LED lighted soccer facility located adjacent to a residential neighborhood. Photo taken approximately 150’ from field edge.

With the marked increase in the number of outdoor sports lighting complexes, IDA has established guidelines for Community Friendly Outdoor Sports Lighting. These guidelines ensure that outdoor sports lighting designs minimize light spill and glare into surrounding neighborhoods and natural areas, address local sustainability and energy reduction goals, and minimize sky glow to the greatest extent practicable. By utilizing IDA’s guidelines, communities can demonstrate and promote outdoor sports lighting designs that meet the demanding task of illuminating night-time sports events while preserving night skies.

By adopting IDA’s Guidelines for Community Friendly Outdoor Sports Lighting, communities will:

  • Minimize neighborhood lighting nuisance by greatly reducing spill and glare disruption.
  • Manage high angle glare, thus dramatically decreasing off-site light trespass and sky glow.
  • Mitigate neighborhood nuisance factors and sky glow which, in turn, provide benefits to the environment, the astronomy community, and others.
  • Minimize lumen densities, which reduce energy consumption.

Contact Your Public Officials
By adopting the IDA guidelines and applying for IDA Community Friendly Outdoor Sports Lighting recognition, your Parks and Recreation Department now has the resources it needs to build and commission dark sky friendly outdoor sports lighting complexes that don’t diminish our night skies with harmful light pollution.

You can support this effort by contacting your local Parks and Recreation Department and sharing why Community Friendly Outdoor Sports Lighting is preferred for your neighborhood, the environment, and reducing your community’s energy consumption.

For more information about how to reach your decision-makers, contact IDA’s Technical Director, Pete Strasser at (520) 347-6362 or pete@darksky.org.

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