As part of the Gorge Night Sky project, MCEDD, the Goldendale Chamber of Commerce, and the Friends of the Goldendale Observatory hosted a two-day educational symposium on August 18-19, 2016, at the Goldendale Observatory and the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center. The symposium bought together the Dark-Sky community, lighting professionals, and regional utilities and PUDs, local lighting vendors and installers, high profile end users, and city and county governments. Goals of the symposium included:
- Vendor/designer commitment to stocking and specifying dark-sky compliant fixtures.
- Utility commitment to highlight dark-sky compliant fixtures as part of their efficiency programs.
- Commitment to maximize existing efficiency rebate programs through point of sale rebates and a streamlined rebate process for dark-sky compliant LED lighting upgrades.
- Develop a strategy to effectively reach businesses and homeowners with the message about quality lighting design.
- A commitment from local governments to pursue and enforce modern lighting ordinances.
Sponsors for the event are listed below. Presentations included:
Welcome from Washington State Parks – Lem Pratt, Washington State Parks & Recreation Commission, Goldendale Area Manager
The importance of the observatory to our community – Washington State Representative Gina McCabe
Brief History of Observatory, current designs for upgrades, and Night Sky stewardship – Ryan Karlson, Washington State Parks & Recreation Commission, Interpretive Program Manager
A typical day at the observatory & optical upgrades – Troy Carpenter, Washington State Parks & Recreation Commission, Interpretive Specialist, Goldendale Observatory State Park
Keynote Presentation – The End of Night? – Paul Bogard, James Madison University
Finding solutions to light pollution – Paul Bogard, James Madison University
International Dark-Sky Association and Dark Sky Communities – David Ingram, Dark Skies Northwest
The effects of light pollution on river and riparian ecosystems – Dr. Elizabeth Perkin, Willamette University
Human Centric Lighting – Gary Chittim, PLANLED
Raptor Program – Bambi Foy, Columbia Gorge Discovery Center
Am I BUG’ing you? – Jorge Craveiro, Cyclone Lighting
LED Magic – Adaptive Lighting Controls – Rob Leonard, Echelon Corporation
Commercial and Industrial Opportunities and Incentives – Nick Jones, Northwest Trade Ally Network
Overview of NW SEED Program – Jill Eikenhorst, NW SEED
Overview of USDA REAP (Rural Development for America Program) – John Holman, USDA
There were also two discussion panels:
Rebate programs & stocking compliant lighting products: A discussion of setting up rebate programs between local vendors and utilities, in addition to finding and stocking Dark-Sky compliant lighting products.
Developing effective lighting ordinances for communities: A discussion of writing effective language into city and county ordinances to encourage communities to comply with Dark-Sky standards.
For questions about the symposium, please contact Jacque Schei at 541.296.2266 or email@example.com.