Light-Pollution Abatement Certificate of Merit

RASC Light Pollution Certificate of MeritThe Society - through its Light-Pollution Abatement (LPA) Committee - recognizes 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 annually at the RASC's General Assembly or other suitable venue anywhere in Canada.

The RASC Light-Pollution Abatement Award recognizes organizations 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 shall given from time to time, as determined by the RASC LPA Committee, to organizations (business, government, institution, or citizen groups) anywhere in Canada.


Year  Location & Acheivement
2007 Mont-Mégantic 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 Preserve
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. More than one award may be given based on the merit of nominations received.

The nomination shall consist of:

  1. A rationale for giving the award to the organization; and

  2. Shall identify the organization, departments, and individuals responsible for the initiative.

The Light-Pollution Abatement Certificate shall be awarded to a representative of the recognized organization at the RASC Annual Meeting or other suitable venue.

We will encourage the RASC and award recipient to maximize media coverage to further the goal of light-pollution abatement

Application for the Light-Pollution Abatement Award should be made to:

LPA Committee Chair

Royal Astronomical Society of Canada

203 - 4920 Dundas St W

Toronto ON  M9A 1B7

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