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Gazing Up: An Exploration of Municipal Night Lighting Practices Amongst Six Canadian Municipalities

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dc.contributor.advisor Perkins, Nathan
dc.contributor.author Semeniuk, Kent
dc.date.accessioned 2014-05-07T13:43:37Z
dc.date.available 2014-05-07T13:43:37Z
dc.date.copyright 2014-05
dc.date.created 2014-04-28
dc.date.issued 2014-05-07
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10214/8082
dc.description.abstract Light pollution is broadly defined as the unnecessary illumination of the nocturnal environment. Light pollution is a pervasive phenomena shown to have harmful consequences for both the biotic and abiotic components of an ecosystem. While some municipalities have begun to address the environmental and economic costs of light pollution, most have not. The goal of this study was to investigate current municipal night lighting practices for six selected Canadian municipalities with the aim of determining their policies and practices for night lighting. Semi-structured interviews with key informants were conducted and analyzed using a mixed methods approach that included a thorough literature review. The results indicate that rising energy costs, aging infrastructure and the lighting industry are driving the majority of changes taking place in adapting municipalities while most municipalities remain content with status quo. The research conducted led to guideline improvements for municipal night lighting in today’s municipalities. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Light Pollution en_US
dc.title Gazing Up: An Exploration of Municipal Night Lighting Practices Amongst Six Canadian Municipalities en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.degree.programme Landscape Architecture en_US
dc.degree.name Master of Landscape Architecture en_US
dc.degree.department School of Environmental Design and Rural Development en_US
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