Beverly Shores Named 7th International Dark-Sky Community

Beverly Shores PhotoBeverly Shores is proof that part-time residents Alan and Rosemary Bell can inspire a grass-roots campaign that resulted in this tiny duneland town joining an elite but growing group of communities designated as International Dark-Sky Communities. Beverly Shores was recognized by the Tuscon, AZ -based International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) in 2014, becoming only the 7th community in the world to achieve this status. They joined other communities like Flagstaff, AZ; Borrego Springs, CA; Sark, Channel Islands; Homer Glen, IL; Cole, Scotland; Dripping Springs, TX; Sedona, AZ; Westcliffe and Sliver Cliff; CO; Thunder Mountain Pootsee Nightsky, AZ; and Bon Accord, Alberta, Canada. “Beverly Shores is proof that small towns can do big things,” said the IDA. The Bells, who are residents of Glen Ellyn, inspired a 5 ½ year grassroots campaign to reduce light pollution. They embarked on a campaign to reduce the glare of the town’s 61 streetlights aimed at directing light toward the ground. The Bells worked with NIPSCO to install shields with flat bottoms. This also resulted in the town reducing the number of streetlights to 48. The couple became part of the town’s ABSR Environmental Committee that set in motion fundraising for the project that even involved town residents. “We were proud to be part of an exemplary effort to curb all sources of light pollution involving town government, our community association, businesses and individual residents.” The Bells were inducted as a Team Member and Chanute Prize finalist.

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