Notice:
Nov. 25, 2014:  

In recognition of the Thanksgiving holiday, all Jefferson Community College offices will close at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 26, 2014.

Exterior Lighting Workshop for Municipalities at JCC April 27

Local planning officials, municipal leaders, and the general public are invited to a free workshop entitled “The Environmental and Economic Consequences of Light Pollution: Problems and Solutions,” to be held on Tuesday, April 27 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Jules Center Amphitheater (Room 6-002) at Jefferson Community College in Watertown. The presentation will be given by Susan Harder, Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) lighting designer and New York State (NYS) Section Leader of the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA). The workshop is co-sponsored by the Jefferson County Department of Planning, NYS Tug Hill Commission, and the Center for Community Studies at Jefferson Community College.

Ms. Harder’s presentation will illustrate the impact of poorly-implemented night lighting on human health and safety as well as on the environment. She will discuss the implementation of new technologies that reduce energy consumption and provide a safer nighttime environment and share “before and after” lighting conversions for roadways, parking lots, and both residential and commercial installations.

Established in 1988, the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) is an educational and environmental nonprofit dedicated to protecting and preserving the nighttime environment through quality outdoor lighting. With thousands of members in more than 70 countries, the IDA is a leading authority concerning the problems and solutions related to light pollution. The NYS Section of the IDA was established in 2008 with Susan Harder at the helm. Harder is a ten year dark sky advocate and winner of IDA Executive Director Dark Sky Awards for her successful efforts to enact outdoor lighting regulations in New York.

This workshop is designed for planning officials and other municipal leaders in Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence counties. If approved by the municipality, this workshop can count as 2 hours of training to meet the New York State Municipal Training requirement for planning board members. An RSVP by Friday, April 23 is recommended—email hpayne@sunyjefferson.edu or call the Center for Community Studies at 315-786-2333.

The exterior lighting workshop is part of a series of planning and zoning workshops being offered by the Center for Community Studies at JCC in collaboration with the NYS Tug Hill Commission and Jefferson County Department of Planning. Funding for this workshop has been provided by the Fort Drum Regional Liaison Organization. For more information, please contact Richard R. LeClerc, director of the Center for Community Studies, at 315-786-2488.