Organizer: Bob Parks
The Executive Director of International Dark-Sky Association will discuss ways to help protect the night sky and answer questions about lighting ordinances and quality outdoor lighting. In addition, he will talk about the new IDA Parks and Protected Areas program and IDA’s work with the National Park Service to preserve pristine dark sky places.
Bob Parks is the founder of the Virginia Outdoor Lighting Taskforce (VOLT), an all-volunteer, non-profit, grassroots advocacy group working for safe and efficient outdoor lighting since 2000. VOLT has been successful helping localities in Virginia to enact lighting ordinances and was instrumental in the passage of legislation that requires all state facilities to purchase only full cut-off fixtures.
Mr. Parks is an avid amateur astronomer and past president of the Northern Virginia Astronomy Club, the largest astronomy club in the United States. He has been a member of International Dark-Sky Association since 2000. In 2005 he founded the Almost Heaven Star Party at Spruce Knob, WV, one of the darkest observing sites on the east coast.
In March of 2009 Mr. Parks joined IDA to start the Washington Office for Public Policy and Government Affairs. As Managing Director he works to inform the Congress and federal agencies about the IDA mission and it’s issues. In addition, he is working to build a coalition of environmental and energy organizations that have parallel goals to reduce light pollution, conserve energy, and preserve the natural environment.
In 2010 he became the Executive Director of IDA, managing the entire organization.