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Lighting Regulations and Dark Sky Places

Learn best practices for crafting lighting regulations and dark sky designations that protect night skies and improve environmental and public health.

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Course Info

  • Duration 8 video lessons (66 Mins)
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    What is a Dark Sky Site?
    Chapter Duration 10 mins
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    Tales From Dark Sky Sites
    Chapter Duration 16 mins
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    Planners and Engineers
    Chapter Duration 8 mins
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    Municipal Lighting Solutions
    Chapter Duration 11 mins
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    Selecting the Right Type of LED
    Chapter Duration 7 mins
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    Implementing a Lighting Ordinance
    Chapter Duration 9 mins
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What You Will Learn

  • Learn about dark sky sites and their designations.
  • Understand past successes and challenges from dark sky site designation case studies.
  • Learn how to create and apply a lighting ordinance in your community.
  • Understand the most common challenges that planners and engineers face when installing dark sky lighting.
  • Identify how to select the best type of LED lighting for your community.
  • Learn how to apply best case lighting solutions in your community.

Course Description

Light pollution has significant impacts on humans and the environment. This course outlines various dark sky designations and dark sky sites, examines case studies on creation of dark sky sites in North America, highlights common opportunities and challenges for planners and engineers working with dark sky lighting, discusses how to create and apply lighting regulations in a municipal setting, and teaches best practices to improve municipal lighting as well as how to pick the correct type of LED lighting for your community.

Learn these skills

  • Environmental Planning
  • Land Use
  • Law and Policy
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Public Health
  • Regulations
  • Sustainability
  • Urban Design


This course is approved for 1 AICP CM credit.


This course is 1 LU.

Meet Your Instructor

Lindsay Malbon

Lindsay Malbon

Lindsay is an urban lighting and dark sky educator. Her lighting research has been featured in a variety of publications including Planning West and SkyNews.

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