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    WMGC Green Night Event: Outdoor Lighting for Health, Safety, and the Environment, 5-7pm Wednesday, June 13, Northampton, MA

  • 13 June 2018
  • Start time : 05:00 PM
  • End time : 07:00 PM
  • Event Host : Western Mass Green Consortium
  • Event Location : Platform Sports Bar, 125A Pleasant Street, Northampton, MA, 01060, United States
Green Night
Event Description

Light pollution is unwanted and excessive light at night produced by poorly designed streetlights, porch lights, patio lights, parking lot lights, stadium lights, any light at night. Light pollution – especially the blue light produced by new LED lights now popping up worldwide – is linked to serious human health problems: elevated rates of breast cancer, prostate cancer, diabetes, obesity, and disruption of sleep cycles. Light pollution is bad for wildlife: birds, mammals, insects, and amphibians all need darkness at night to thrive, and some species are facing extinction due to loss of their naturally dark night-time environment.

During our June Green Night, James Lowenthal, Professor of Astronomy at Smith College, will describe how easy it is to fix light pollution: it all begins with good design. We CAN have it all: visibility and safety at night AND a healthy, natural nighttime environment that is beneficial for the health of humans and wildlife.

  • Host Company/Organization Name
    • Western Mass Green Consortium
  • Agenda
    • 5:00 pm Meet in the Blue Goose Meeting Room to grab a drink, order food and chat with others.
      5:30 pm Share news, events and any announcements.
      6:00 pm The featured presentation begins with Q&A following.
      7:00 pm Everyone is invited to move into the bar area to continue conversations, networking, and food and drink.
  • Speakers / Presenters
    • James Lowenthal, Professor of Astronomy at Smith College
      James Lowenthal has served on the faculty of Smith College and UMass Amherst for more than twenty years. He leads both Northampton City Lights and the Mass. Chapter of the International Dark-Sky Association. James is active at the national and international level in advocating for quality outdoor lighting, and has spoken and written widely on the topic. See his website on light pollution for more information.
  • Cost
    • FREE Event
  • Event type
    • Speaker

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