Welcome to the Dark Skies Office!
The Geneva Lake Dark Sky Initiative at GLAS Education was launched in June 2021 to coordinate efforts to reduce light pollution in the Geneva Lake area. Using the data from GLAS Education’s LENSS project, we are working towards creating a measurable impact on sky quality. By understanding where we are, we can pave a road forward. Thanks to our sensor hosts, we will be able to craft a narrative about how bright Geneva Lake once was, and how our community came together to minimize artificial light pollution.
Working with policy-makers, local organizations, interns, students, and many volunteers, the Dark Skies Office is on its way towards reforming light ordinances and raising public awareness of the benefits of our shared resource: a truly dark sky.
This photo was taken by NASA Expedition 29 on the International Space Station in 2011 (reference number: SS029-E-012564) and features the Midwestern United States at night with Aurora Borealis. The Chicago, IL, metropolitan area sits in the center of the image next to the dark patch, which is Lake Michigan.
Additionally, the Dark Skies Office is pursuing formal International Dark-Sky Association recognition as an Urban Night Sky Place for Williams Bay’s Kishwauketoe Nature Conservatory. An Urban Night Sky Place designation is awarded to places surrounded by large urban areas whose planning actively promotes the night sky despite the artificial light pollution nearby.
See our summer interns at work!
Danielle Eng (Left), Ashley Wimer (Middle), Simon Mork(Right)
Interested in Dark Skies?
If you are interested in supporting this mission, please call your mayor or town council and ask them to write a letter of support!
To learn more about how you can reduce light pollution and support our skies, visit the Geneva Lake Dark Sky Initiative page at: http://gldarksky.org or contact Danielle Eng at (773) 574-9889 or firstname.lastname@example.org