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The Bright Darkness: Assessing Public Attitudes Towards Light Pollution in Princeton, MA and Recommending Approaches to Mitigation Public

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Working with the Environmental Action Committee of Princeton, MA we assessed current outdoor lighting practices in the town, as well as public attitudes towards light pollution through interviews with local officials, members of the town’s municipal lighting department, and a town wide survey. We found that lighting technologies used in the town add to the effects of light pollution. We also found that survey respondents were aware of light pollution within the town and care about the night sky. We examined lighting regulation in similar municipalities to find commonalities. From our findings we recommended steps the EAC can take to work with local organizations in promoting awareness of light pollution. We also recommended language for lighting regulation in a zoning bylaw.

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  • 24441
  • E-project-051321-153629
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  • 2021
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UN Sustainable Development Goals
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  • 2021-05-13
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