IDA Missouri has a number of programs to combat the increase in light pollution.
PROGRAM: SKY BRIGHTNESS MEASUREMENT
Our Chapter is partnering with Truman State University in Kirksville, MO to offer two exciting programs that provide public institutions such as parks, recreational areas, educational institutions and municipalities with "Sky Quality Meters" ("SQM") to measure sky brightness at their location. Loaner SQMs are available for 30-day or one-year periods. Data collected by these SQMs will be used in scientific analysis and to develop programs to reduce light pollution. Funding for the purchase of the SQM's is provided by the NASA-Missouri Space Grant Consortium.
PROGRAM: LIGHTS OUT - ST. LOUIS
Our Chapter is partnering with the St. Louis Art Chambers of Commerce, St. Louis Zoo and the St. Louis Audubon Society to host a "Light Out St. Louis" program in Spring 2020. The "Lights Out St. Louis" Program will encourage businesses and the general public to turn off (or at least reduce) their lights to reduce deaths of birds during spring migration.
PROGRAM: CITIZEN SCIENCE
Light pollution can impact our view of the stars at night, nature, energy costs, human health and more. Citizen science can be a fun way to learn about light pollution while also making a contribution to science. Enjoy these fun projects which range from easy to more difficult. There is something for everyone!.