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Ask City Council to fund a Lighting Ordinance Scoping Position

We need your help to reduce light pollution in Portland! Please email the Mayor and Portland City Council and ask them to include funding in the 2018/19 budget cycle to develop a light pollution ordinance.

Ask City Council to fund a Lighting Ordinance Scoping Position

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We need your help to reduce light pollution in Portland! Please email the Mayor and Portland City Council and ask them to include funding in the 2018/19 budget cycle to develop a light pollution ordinance.

Portlanders already live under a haze of light pollution, and this issue is only worsening with the city’s rapid development. It is time for Portland to join other North American cities that have developed strategic plans to put an end to the kind of light pollution that harms human health, disrupts wildlife, wastes energy and obscures the night sky!

Both Mayor Wheeler and Commissioner Fish have indicated strong support for Portland developing a strategy to address light pollution. However, there is currently no funding earmarked in the 2018/19 budget to move this process forward. City Council needs to hear from you that Portlanders agree that it's time to address this unregulated pollutant!

Please write or call Portland’s Commissioners today to tell them that you strongly support this step towards reducing the light pollution that impacts ecological health, migrating birds, human health, and our ability to see the night sky! Tell them that funding this position is a critical step toward a more ecologically healthy and sustainable urban landscape.

Submit email comments to Council members with the subject line: "Please Approve Funding to Address Light Pollution in Budget"

 

Key Points: 
  • Tell City Council that you support funding in the 2018/19  for a position to develop a  Lighting Ordinance for the City of Portland; 
  • Tell City Council that the growing problem of light pollution harms human health and wildlife, wastes energy and blots out the night sk;
  • Responsible lighting design meets a range of climate resiliency and sustainability objectives that have been written into the City's Climate Action Plan, including reducing carbon emissions and fossil fuel dependence, improving energy efficiency and cost savings.

Thank you for helping Portland Audubon protect birds in the urban environment while also protecting human health and our access to the night sky!

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