Dark Skies and Starry Nights

Starry Nights…a GEM Committee success story

A good example of how GEM discussions can lead to good things is the story of how we ended up with ordinances to protect our starry nights from light pollution. What started in 2013 as a discussion about sign lighting and potential loss of our dark skies resulted in some remarkable achievements, including puttingĀ  North Fork Park on the tourism map of destination dark sky places and securing the political support necessary to protect something as big as the milky way.

Click here to learn how starry night in the Valley came to be and how it led to much bigger things.

Click here to see an estimate of the economic value of starry nights.

Click here to learn how the starry nights idea was used to prevent light pollution that would occur if a large hotel at Nordic Valley was built as proposed.

And click here to view some pretty neat ideas for public art related to starry nights…