The Society - through its Light Pollution Abatement (LPA) Committee - recognises individuals, citizen groups, businesses and communities who adopt responsible and environmentally sensitive approaches to outdoor lighting. The tangible form of this recognition is the award of the RASC Light Pollution Abatement Program's Certificate of Merit. Certificates are presented at the RASC's General Assembly or other suitable venue anywhere in Canada.
The RASC Light Pollution Abatement Award recognises organisations in Canada that have demonstrated leadership in the promotion of improved lighting practice through their activities in reducing glare, light trespass and artificial sky glow.The award will be given from time to time, as determined by the RASC LPA Committee, to organisations (business, government, institution or citizen groups) anywhere in Canada.
|Year||Location & Acheivement|
|2007||Mont Megantic Observatory Establishment of Dark Sky Preserve, Quebec|
|2006||Elk Island Provincial Park, AB-Establishment of Dark Sky Preserve, Alberta|
|Point Pelee National Park - Establishment of Dark Sky Reserve, Ontario|
|2005||Cypress Hills Inter-Provincial Park Establishment of Dark Sky Preserve, Alberta and Saskatchewan|
|2003||City of Calgary - Envirosmart re-lamping Program|
|City of Abbotsford - New lighting policy in support of the MacDonald Park Dark Sky Reserve|
|2001||City of Oshawa - New lighting policy calling for full cut-off fixtures|
|1996||Alberta Transportation & Utilities (Edmonton) TransAlta Utilities Corporation (Calgary)- New lighting policy calling for full cut-off fixtures|
|1995||Town of Richmond Hill - Full cut-off lighting policy in support of David Dunlap Observatory|
Nominations for the award shall be submitted to the RASC LPA Committee on or before January 31 of the year it is to be awarded. More than one award may be given based on the merit of nominations received.
The nomination shall consist of:
A rationale for giving the award to the organisation; and
Shall identify the organisation, departments and individuals responsible for the initiative.
The Light Pollution Certificate shall be awarded to a representative of the recognised organisation at the RASC Annual Meeting or other suitable venue.
We encourage the RASC and award recipient to maximise media coverage to further the goal of light pollution abatement.
Applications for the Light Pollution Abatement Award should be made to:
Royal Astronomical Society of Canada
203 - 4920 Dundas St W
Toronto ON M9A 1B7