Welcome to the Save Roane Starry Skies Website
We are concerned homeowners, business owners, educators, students, clergy, and others who live and/or work in Roane County. Many of us can remember when we could see the Milky Way at night, but now that pale river of stars is almost lost in the glare of light pollution in Roane County.
Our mission is to recover and preserve the beauty of our starry night skies in Roane County. By encouraging responsible outdoor lighting for security, energy conservation, and aesthetics, we want to pass along our heritage of beautiful night skies to our children and their children. We are pursuing our light conservation goals through education, by cooperating with like-minded groups, and by working with the Roane County Commission, Zoning Commission, Environmental Board, and Industrial Boards. Our goal is well-designed, well-shielded lighting that will:
What is light pollution and how is it caused?
Many outdoor lighting fixtures are poorly designed and direct much of their light upward or sideways rather than downward where it is needed. This causes numerous problems including:
Is it expensive to switch to well-designed lighting?
Properly designed fixtures cost the same as poorly designed ones. Light fixtures that effectively direct light downward are affordable and readily available at local home improvement and hardware stores. Existing lighting can be improved by adding shields or reflective paint. Fixtures that put light only where it is needed and not where it is wasted can, in many cases, also permit the use of lower wattage bulbs. Each 400 watts saved can reduce electricity costs by about $100/year. A typical Tennessee county could save hundreds of thousands of dollars every year. See our Star-friendly lighting page for sources of "good" light fixtures.
How do I get involved in Save Roane Starry Skies?
We encourage you to use the links on the left to browse our website and learn more about light pollution and the problems it causes; the many economical lighting solutions available through local suppliers and the internet; and our efforts to put in place a zoning ordinance that will require new construction and new light poles in the county (not the 4 municipalities) to employ well-shielded, properly aimed fixtures.
Please also consider JOINING Save Roane Starry Skies. We initially tried offering memberships, but what we really need instead is some help offsetting our expenses for educational brochures, bumperstickers, Friend of the Milky Way Awards, and so on. If you'd like to help out, please send your contribution to:
Save Roane Starry Skies
P.O. Box 7114
Oak Ridge, TN 37831-7114
In addition, we have a Save Roane Starry Skies email group; just click on the JOIN US! link in the top left corner of this page. If you have questions or comments, you can either post them to the Save Roane Starry Skies discussion group (membership required) or email us directly via the Email us link in the top left of the page or at InfoStarrySkies@yahoo.com.
Where can I get my Save Roane Starry Skies bumpersticker?!
Show your neighbors you care -- just click here!
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