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David Ingram Topic: Losing the Night Sky

David Ingram is the Chairman of Dark Skies Northwest, which is the Northwest Section of the International Dark-Sky Association. Their mission is to bea focal point for light pollution issues in the NW, promote quality outdoor lighting, promote and preserve the night sky and educate the public about the problems of light pollution and its solutions.

During his teenager years in Florida, Dave's interest in science, space and astronomy was fueled by the NASA Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs. Since then, with 30 year at the Boeing Company, Dave's business, engineering backgrounds have helped him form a lifelong network among those credited with many of the aerospace industries and NASA's greatest achievements.

Light pollution is any adverse effect of artificial light, including sky glow, glare, light trespass, light clutter, decreased visibility at night, and energy waste. Light pollution wastes energy, disrupts global wildlife and ecological balance, and has been linked to negative consequences in human health.

Mission of the IDA:
The mission of the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) is to preserve and protect the nighttime environment and our heritage of dark skies through quality outdoor lighting.

1. Stop the adverse effects of light pollution, including

  • Harm to human health
  • Harm to nocturnal wildlife and ecosystems
  • Reduced safety and security
  • Reduced visibility at night
  • Poor nighttime ambience

2. Raise awareness about light pollution, its adverse effects, and solutions.

3. Educate about the values of quality outdoor lighting.

Earlier Event: October 20
Mike Simmons: Astronomers Without Borders
Later Event: January 19
Howard Banich: Astronomical Drawing