Southampton Adopts April 20-26 2014 As International Dark Sky Week
April 21, 2014 – The Southampton Town Board adopted a resolution on April 10, 2014 that designated April 20-26 as “International Dark Sky Week” to celebrate and spread awareness of this international event. During this time period, town residents, businesses and visitors are encouraged to learn more about reducing light pollution and to enjoy stargazing on clear nights. In observance of International Dark Sky Week, the Town will continue the practice of turning off most outdoor lighting at Town Hall early from April 20 through April 26, 2014 and throughout the year.
The Town of Southampton adopted an Outdoor Lighting Code in 2009 to reduce light pollution and help to preserve the view of the nighttime sky. Eastern Long Island is one of the few places on Long Island with a clearly visible Milky Way.
Jenn Hartnagel, Senior Environmental Advocate at Group for the East End and member of the Southampton Town Dark Sky Advisory Committee noted that “The Town Board recognized the environmental importance of reducing light pollution, which can have a damaging effect on local plant and animal species that rely on a night cycle.” Reducing light pollution also generally helps to conserve energy, increase safety on roadways and walkways by reducing glare, and improves the general quality of neighborhood life by preventing light trespass on neighboring properties.
Gail Clyma, Chairperson of the Town’s Dark Skies Committee, said, “Everything that is done to preserve our view of the starry night sky also helps to reduce the many ecological impacts of light pollution.”
Town residents and business owners are also encouraged to visit the Town of Southampton’s Dark Skies webpage at www.southamptontownny.gov/darkskies to learn more about light pollution, help with understanding the Town’s regulations, and discover ways in which community members can make a difference to protect the night sky.
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