To keep the International Dark Sky Places program current IDA is releasing an updated set of guidelines (PDF). Since the 1st International Dark Sky Place, Flagstaff AZ, was designated an International Dark Sky Community in 2001 IDA has seen enthusiastic interest in the program. That interest has continued to grow, welcoming a total of 8 communities, as of December 2014 - including Homer Glen, Illinois - 20 parks, and 9 reserves with locations ranging from the southwest of the U.S.A. to New Zealand and Africa. Even today, many more aspiring locations are developing applications. These guidelines are now available on IDA website.
International Dark Skies Association Award
A reception and award presentation took place on Tuesday, July 10, at 6:30 p.m. at the Homer Glen Village Hall in the Board Room, 14917 South Founders Crossing in Homer Glen in honor of the Village of Homer Glen’s recognition as an International Dark Sky Community. Homer Glen is only the 4th community in the world and the 1st municipality in the State of Illinois to be awarded this honorable designation. The Village of Homer Glen is receiving this award because of its “exceptional dedication to the preservation of the night sky through the implementation and enforcement of quality lighting codes, dark sky education and citizen support of dark skies. The Village was privileged to have Mr. Bob Parks, Executive Director of the International Dark Sky Association (IDA), in attendance on July 10th to present the award. The public was invited to attend this very special occasion.
Environment Committee with Mayor Daley and Mr. Bob Parks
Representative Jim Durkin
Jerry Hurckes Representing Congressman Dan Lipinski
Allison Norvil, Mayor Daley, Bob Parks and Trustee Sabo
Representative Renee Kosel
Mayor Daley and Bob Parks
Starry Night Awards
As part of the award presentation, local businesses were also recognized for being the 1st properties developed using the Village’s Outdoor Lighting Ordinance, contributing to the Village’s receipt of this distinguished award, reducing light pollution, energy consumption, preserving natural resources, and for their commitment to preserving the natural night sky. The following commercial developments were presented with the “Starry Night”:
Eagle Rock Community Church
Firestone Complete Auto Care
Midland Federal Savings and Loan
Silver Cross Health Center - Homer Glen
Mrs. Debra Briggs Luginbuhl will also receive recognition for her valuable contribution and dedication to the development of the lighting ordinance.
Eagle Rock Church - Pastor Aaron Mills and Mayor Daley