Here is one I wrote to an engineering firm that was responsible for a gross emitter of light pollution. I sent this one through snail mail, and I don't know if he ever read it. I also can't remember which pictures I selected to send with the email - I have a lot. I plan to follow-up with the chemical company. Most big companies have some sort of "Green" initiative, so I like to point out how they could help advance that initiative by cutting their light pollution. The hard part is often getting in contact with the right person.
President and CEO
Eco Engineering, Inc.
11815 Hwy Dr #600
Sharonville, OH 45241
Dear Mr. XXXXXXX:
Each morning on my way to work, I pass the EMD Millipore plant at 2828 Highland Avenue. The glare emitted by the lighting there is such that I eventually felt compelled to bring it to the attention of someone at EMD Millipore. (See enclosed photographs). While investigating who to contact, I discovered Eco Engineering was responsible for the lighting. (See enclosed Case Study). Although I am supportive of your commitment to the environment through reductions in energy consumption and proper disposal of old lighting, I believe there is more Eco Engineering can and should do.
The lights at EMD Millipore are not just an eyesore, and light being spilled off site is not just wasted. Rather, this spill light is unnecessarily contributing to light pollution, which has been linked to various human health issues, has negative impacts on the ecosystem and wildlife, and obscures the beauty of the night sky. I do not know if a photometric study was done as part of the comprehensive plan for this site, but if one was, it appears that controlling glare and uplight was not a design objective.
Eco Engineering’s mission statement is to “Help customers identify and implement energy-saving solutions that deliver improved financial results while creating an ideal visual environment and preserving our world for future generations.” In view of the amount of light being wastefully spilled off site and into the sky, and the negative impact this spill light is having on the surrounding environment, it seems this installation does not fulfill your mission as completely as it could.
I realize there may not be much you can do at this point to improve the lighting at EMD Millipore, and that you have a business to run. My hope is that this feedback will motivate you to begin taking light pollution into consideration when designing future lighting installations. There are many companies that can help customers save energy by simply replacing existing lights with more efficient LED fixtures. If you want to set your company apart as a leader on environmental issues, I encourage you to take a more holistic approach to the environment when designing lighting installations.
If you would like to discuss the EMD Millipore site in more detail, or would like to talk for any other reason, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Edited by earlyriser, 09 October 2019 - 04:40 AM.