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Go LightsOut on September 15 to Save Energy, Save Birds, and See Stars!

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When: Sep 15, 2017 07:45 PM to Sep 16, 2017 06:30 AM

On September 15 turn off your non-essential lights from dusk to dawn, and then to go outside and check out the night sky! Iconic buildings all around Portland will be going lights out to raise awareness about light pollution.

On September 15 turn off your non-essential lights from dusk to dawn, and then to go outside and check out the night sky! Iconic buildings all around Portland will be going lights out to raise awareness about light pollution, including the Oregon Convention Center, the Fox Tower, the Wells Fargo Tower, OMSI, Bonneville Power Administration, 200 Market, the 911 Federal Building, Montgomery Park, Holladay Park, City of Portland buildings, East West College, Lloyd Tower, Lloyd 700 Building, and 1201 Lloyd! The Lloyd EcoDistrict is cosponsoring the launch event with their own district effort: LightsOut Lloyd PDX.

Portland Audubon has long been concerned about light pollution, which drowns out the stars that birds are using to navigate while migrating, and lures them into cities where they are at risk of colliding with windows. Across the United States, up to 1 billion birds die every year as a result of hitting a window. What’s more, nearly 80 percent of North Americans, including Portlanders, live in places from which they cannot see our home galaxy, the Milky Way.

What can you do?

1. On September 15, turn off the lights at home and get out somewhere to see the stars! 

2. Do a home audit of your lighting and make sure that your outdoor lights are well-shielded. When converting to LED, make sure to select warm bulbs (under 3,000 Kelvin). Turn off your outdoor lights when you’re not using them, and talk to your boss/building manager at work about ways to minimize unnecessary nighttime lighting at work. 

Migrating birds can be lured off course by bright city lights that cause light pollution, but light pollution is reversible! The goal of the LightsOut Portland campaign is to reduce Light Pollution in the metro area by getting buildings and households to reduce unnecessary lighting, especially during spring and fall migration when birds are at greatest risk. We are also working with the City of Portland to integrate good lighting standards into city policies and plans.

Want to make a bigger commitment? Take the Pledge to go Lights Out!

Lights Out!
 
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