On March 26, the Southampton Town Board adopted a resolution designating April 5 through April 11 as “International Dark Sky Week” to celebrate and spread awareness of this international event.
During this week, residents, businesses and visitors will be encouraged to learn more about reducing light pollution and enjoy stargazing on clear nights. The Town of Southampton adopted an Outdoor Lighting Code in 2009 to reduce light pollution and help to preserve the view of the nighttime sky. Eastern Long Island is one of the few places on Long Island where the Milky Way is clearly visible.
“The town board recognized the environmental importance of reducing light pollution, which can have a damaging effect on local plant and animal species that rely on a night cycle,” said Jenn Hartnagel, senior environmental advocate at Group for the East End and member of the Southampton Town Dark Sky Advisory Committee.
Reducing light pollution also generally helps to conserve energy, increases safety on roadways and walkways by reducing glare and improves the general quality of life by preventing light trespass on neighboring properties.
“We appreciate the town board’s support of International Dark Sky Week, which will help the committee focus attention on the problems caused by light pollution and on the town regulations that help curtail outdoor lighting that is excessive, misdirected, or unnecessary,” said Gail Clyma, chairperson of the town’s dark skies committee.
Town residents and business owners are also encouraged to visit the Town of Southampton’s Dark Skies webpage at www.southamptontownny.gov/