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The International Dark-Sky Association, Inc.

  • Tucson, AZ
  • www.darksky.org

Mission Statement

To preserve and protect the nighttime environment and our heritage of dark skies through environmentally responsible outdoor lighting.

Main Programs

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Service Areas

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International

We are an international organization, with headquarters in Tucson, Arizona and 55 chapters worldwide.

ruling year

1988

Executive Director since 2014

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J. Scott Feierabend

Keywords

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light pollution, IDA, outdoor lighting, energy savings, environmental protection, nighttime, outdoor lighting, dark skies, crime and security, wildlife protection, human health, dark skies,

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Also Known As

IDA

EIN

74-2493011

 Number

1463355836

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (C01)

Energy Resources Conservation and Development (C35)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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IDA combines public awareness, technical assistance and extensive partnerships to preserve dark skies and improve nighttime lighting on four continents. Our efforts and impact are as expansive as the sky itself.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Program Overview

IDA Programs:
Darks Sky Places Program
Dark Sky Places preserve rapidly disappearing areas with night sky. Designations are based on implementation of lighting management plans combined with outreach programs to educate the public about night sky protection. Since 2001, IDA has designated 57 Dark Sky Places in nine countries, with more than 20,000 square miles of night skies now protected.

Fixture Seal of Approval Program
This is a rating system given to lighting products that are energy efficient and fully shielded to direct light downward, making them night sky friendly. IDA works with 40 manufacturers who offer more than 300 IDA approved fixtures.

Parks and Protected Areas Program
This program provides specialized lighting that protects the nighttime habitat of animals and makes the lights available at greatly discounted – sometimes free – rates to partners, including the National Park Service, state and local parks. Since 2013 IDA has provided 225 eco-friendly lamps to parks and national monuments in Arizona, California and Utah and anticipates providing 100 during 2016.

Protecting Critically Endangered Sea Turtles
Excessive artificial light on the Florida shoreline causes thousands of endangered sea turtle hatchlings to become disoriented and move towards the land instead of the ocean, resulting in their death. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission contracted with IDA in 2014 to evaluate outdoor light pollution along 25 sea turtle nesting beaches and provide recommendations. IDA will continue collaborating with the Commission during 2016 to assess the impact of the lighting retrofits on sea turtle hatchlings.

Additionally, IDA staff, board and members provide outreach and information to thousands of people around the world, raising awareness of the issue of light pollution.

Category

Environment

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

None

Budget

731,987

Charting Impact

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  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    IDA staff, board, members and chapters conduct public outreach, inform policies and ordinances, and generate and make available current research to reduce the harmful impact of light pollution worldwide.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    IDA's work includes:
     Coordinating initiatives to protect the night skies, including fragile ecosystems in parks and protected areas worldwide.
     Combating light pollution by working with manufacturers, city planners, legislators, and community members to provide lighting options that are energy efficient, cost effective, and dark sky friendly.
     Conducting public outreach efforts to inform audiences across the United States and throughout the world about the many harmful environmental and health effects of light pollution.
     Hosting meetings and events that bring together light pollution experts and advocates from across the globe.
     Working at the local level with our 55 IDA chapters, including 25 located overseas representing four continents.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    IDA staff and board have years of experience and expertise and are leaders in their field. Since 1988 IDA has worked to address this issue and is well regarded worldwide and considered the expert regarding the issue of light pollution.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    IDA program goals and metrics are captured by IDA staff including number and area of Dark Sky Place designations, number of habitat friendly lighting provided to parks and protected areas, and number of manufacturers participating in our Fixture Seal of Approval program. Additionally, both IDA chapters and Dark Sky Places are required to submit an annual report with information on outreach activities and attendance.
    These metrics allow IDA to ascertain progress relating to these programs.
    Additionally, IDA captures information on policies and ordinances relating to outdoor lighting; policies and ordinances that support the reduction of light pollution show progress in this area.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Accomplishments:
    IDA has designated a total of 57 Dark Sky Places in nine countries, with more than 20,000 square miles of night skies now protected. During 2015 IDA received the National Association of Environmental Professionals, National Environmental Excellence Award for Public Involvement and Partnership for this program.
    IDA has worked with 100 manufacturers who now offer more than 300 IDA approved fixtures. Manufacturers must apply for and pay a fee for the IDA Fixture Seal of Approval, creating revenue and increasing the sustainability of the program.
    IDA provided 225 eco-friendly lamps to parks and national monuments in Arizona, California and Utah during 2015, improving the nighttime habitat for wildlife.

    There is still much to be done. General awareness of the negative impact of light pollution and its many harmful effects are not well known. There are many easy, inexpensive or free steps that anyone can do to reduce light pollution but most people do not know or think about this. IDA staff, board and members have had terrific success in reducing light pollution through outreach and we want to continue to increase efforts in this area.
Service Areas

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International

We are an international organization, with headquarters in Tucson, Arizona and 55 chapters worldwide.

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Funding Needs

IDA relies on its members and supporters to increase awareness of the pressing issue of light pollution and its many harmful effects on the environment, biodiversity, wildlife, human health and energy use. Your gift will help us spread the word by offsetting costs for distribution of IDA educational materials, support for our chapters and other public outreach efforts. Please visit our website at www.darksky.org to learn more and join us to ensure future generations are able to look up and see the beautiful Milky Way Galaxy.

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THE INTERNATIONAL DARK-SKY ASSOCIATION INC
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
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The International Dark-Sky Association, Inc.

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Executive Director

J. Scott Feierabend

BIO

J. Scott Feierabend has dedicated his career to preserving and protecting the environment. For more than 30 years Scott has worked in the nonprofit environmental community advocating local, state and federal policies and programs to conserve and restore the nation's natural resources. Scott's professional conservation career began in 1980 as an intern with the National Wildlife Federation, where he held a number of positions, including staff scientist, lobbyist, director and vice president, over a 21-year career with NWF. Scott has served on a number of national natural resource committees and blue ribbon panels and is published in both the technical and popular literature. Scott holds a Bachelors of Science in biology and Masters of Science in wildlife biology.
In both his personal and professional life, Scott demonstrates his passion to improve the world in which we live.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Jim Dougherty

Environmental Lawyer

Term: Jan 2016 - Dec 2018

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Diversity Strategies
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We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
No
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
No
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
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We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
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We have a diversity manager in place
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We have a diversity plan
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