The International Dark-Sky Association presented its 2018 Hoag/Robinson Award to East Hampton resident Susan Harder.
IDA is a non-profit organization that works to help stop light pollution and protect the night skies for present and future generations. Harder has been a dark sky advocate for over 20 years, serving as the New York City IDA Chapter leader for many years. She has worked closely with NYC council members as well as with town board members in East Hampton.
She also established a working relationship with executives at the Long Island Power Authority and was able to raise awareness about light pollution. Harder coordinated efforts with Sierra Club to have the New York City Council introduce a bill to restrict the correlated color temperature levels of LED streetlights. She established a website at www.nyida.org to coordinate efforts to improve dark skies. Her guidance has resulted in the Town of East Hampton adopting light pollution regulations.
For information about IDA, visit www.darksky.org.