Janet Meyers introduced today’s speakers, Claudia Harmon Worthen and Frank Widmann. Claudia and Frank are pursuing Dark Sky Certification for Cambria.
We were inspired by the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA), the leading organization combating light pollution worldwide, to pursue certification for Cambria as an International Dark Sky Community. IDA is the recognized authority for night sky protection and has taken the lead in identifying and publicizing the negative impacts of artificial light at night on human health, wildlife and the environment as a whole.

Claudia and Frank encouraged us to:

  • Buy approved outdoor lighting. The IDA Fixture Seal of Approval provides objective, third-party certification for lighting that minimizes glare, reduces light trespass, and doesn’t pollute the night sky.

  • Support our effort to win a coveted Dark Skies Community designation. Dark Skies communities adopt quality outdoor lighting ordinances and undertake efforts to educate residents about the importance of dark skies. IDA designates Dark Sky Places following a rigorous application process requiring applicants to demonstrate

    robust community support for dark sky protection and document designation-specific program requirements. IDA works with certified places to promote their work through media relations, member communications, and social media. A Dark Sky Places designation helps enhance the visibility of designated locations and foster increased tourism and local economic activity.

    Cambria would become only the second California community to win the designation and the first on the coast. enhance the visibility of designated locations and foster