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Worthy Garden Club has partnered with the International Dark Sky Association: Oregon Chapter to educate the public on light pollution awareness. IDA:Oregon acts as statewide base for IDA, joining a network of more than 50 chapters on 5 continents, aiming to elevate astrotourism in Oregon, to remind people to look up, and to galvanize groups around the state that are celebrating Oregon’s world class skies. Light pollution has been linked to the disruption of natural wildlife cycles and an increase of diabetes, obesity, depression, sleep disorders, and certain cancers in humans. It is a waste of energy, resources, and money and limits our ability to view the wonders of the night sky. Imagine a future in which a dark sky full of stars is only a story from the past, not an experience of the present. IDA’s mission is to preserve and protect the nighttime environment and our heritage of dark skies through environmentally responsible outdoor lighting.
Our Hopservatory manager Grant is working closely with IDA: Oregon to collect data on several LIGHT METERS placed around Central Oregon. We're concerned about our light pollution and want to deliver the best viewing possible at the Hopservatory, preserving our dark skies for future generations, so we're committed to reducing our footprint and inviting you to join.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Turn off lights when not in use.
Use timers, dimmers and motion sensors when possible.
Use fully shielded and hooded lighting fixtures.
Use energy-efficient lighting sources and fixtures.
Choose no more than 3000Kelvin bulbs, amber in color.