One of the beauties of modern civilization is seeing the city lighting at night. It provides a feeling of security and is indicative of the power and endeavors of humanity, but over-lighting is a form of pollution. Many outdoor light fixtures spread light in all directions, sending a majority of the light into the sky, away from where we want the light to be on the ground. This light spreading upward is not only wasted light, but it is wasted energy and money, destroys our ability to view the night sky, and has profound effects on nocturnal creatures. The direct harm to certain species then affects the ecosystem it interfaces with, causing damage on a much larger scale than expected. Small changes in lighting practices would positively affect energy use and economies, ecosystems, and the efficiency of astronomical endeavors. This project analyzes the light pollution on Utah State University campus and what can be done with collaboration of the collegiate administration to amend the lighting in Logan.
Nydegger, Rachel and Larson, Shane L., "Mapping Light Pollution at Utah State University" (2013). Posters on the Hill (Salt Lake City). Paper 1.