ALAN session at AIA

The Zoological Lighting Institute will host a session on Artificial Light at Night (ALAN) at the American Institute of Architecture’s (AIA) annual convention in New York in June. There will be several topics discussed to place the issue of biodiversity-loss mitigation to the center of architectural sustainability, including bird collisions. This is a great step forward in transforming priorities in architectural sustainability.

Baltimore stadium victory

In Feb 2017, the Baltimore Ravens came out with an upgrade design to add static pillars of white light to give a “civic gesture” to the stadium. Lights Out Baltimore, a group that monitors bird collisions, reached out to address how light pollution is a threat to birds. After three meetings, with the assistance of USFWS, the American Bird Conservancy, NYC Audubon, Audubon Maryland-DC, Cornell, and the MD Bird Conservation Partnership, the Ravens agreed on March 12, 2018 to remove the lights from the final design, instead of shutting them off at midnight (their first concession). This is in line with Cleveland’s work with the Browns and their findings on light pollution, which resulted in the Browns taking a proactive approach to bird safe nocturnal lighting. This is a monumental decision from a NFL team to change design that helps migratory birds.