The New England Light Pollution Advisory Group (NELPAG) is a volunteer group founded in 1993 to educate the public on the benefits of using efficient, glare-free outdoor night lighting — and understanding what to light, when (and when not) to light it, and how much light is needed.
Regulation in Massachusetts: Game on!
The outdoor-lighting bills now before the Massachusetts Legislature got a public hearing on July 9th before the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy. See this page for details about the bills.
Light Pollution vs. Maine's Marine Ecology
Marine biologists from Bowdoin College's Coastal Studies Center are studying the impact of light pollution on the ecology of Orr’s Island in Maine. Here's a great article about this research by Will Grunewald for Northwestern University's Medill Reports.
Lighting Victory in Portsmouth
Community activists, spearheaded by NELPAG's Robert Gillette, have convinced the New Hampshire Department of Transportation to downlight (not uplight) the new Memorial Bridge that will link Portsmouth with Kittery, Maine. More details are here.
Did You Know?
To keep a single 100-watt light bulb on all night, every night, requires more than 400 kilowatt-hours of electricity each year — the energy equivalent of burning more than 500 pounds of coal.