by Krista Nutter, LEED AP, MS Arch
Of all the “green” initiatives, issues, or topics that I’ve done presentations on or spoken about, the one that receives more questions regarding its level of impact is light pollution. For the past several years, I have lectured on sustainable construction and techniques to make buildings more kind to the environment and ecosystems in which they reside. Along with the “big three” topics of energy efficiency, water efficiency, and indoor air quality, I also discuss things like material resources, waste management, and rainwater runoff mitigation. However one topic that always raises eyebrows is light pollution.
The Fernald Preserve in Harrison, Ohio is a LEED Platinum project that achieved the Low Light Pollution credit. Notice the inside lights don't project outside the envelope and that the sign lights don't project upward. Photo from Megen Construction Company's site. They were one of the contractors on the project.