April HAS Meeting

April 05, 2019, 6:30PM: April HAS Meeting

Trini Mendenhall Community Center

Meeting room open at 6:00pm. Come join us for some social time before the Novice Meeting at 6:30pm. Light refreshments will be served.

General Meeting: 7:15 PM

Energy Efficient Night Lighting for Safety, Security, Health and the Environment

General Meeting Speaker: Debbie Moran

Deborah Moran is the 2017 recipient of the International Dark-Sky Association’s Hoag-Robinson Award for education of government officials about outdoor lighting issues. For the past three years she has shared her concerns about Houston’s retrofit of its street lighting with bright white LED lights, while at the same time, many cities across the US are switching from this disruptive lighting to more “responsible” low wattage warm or soft white LEDs.

Debbie has spoken multiple times at Houston City Council meetings and various Civic Organizations to educate them about the safety, security, health and environmental benefits of responsible night lighting. Responsible night lighting is recommended by the American Medical Association since the produce less glare and reduced disruption of day/night circadian function in people and wildlife. Such disruption can interfere with sleep and cause a host of health problems.

Houston, TX flight January 2019.jpgIn 2010, her Woodside neighborhood became the first one within Houston city limits allowed to install low glare fully shielded decorative streetlights.  Now three surrounding neighborhoods have investigated using similar lighting..

Debbie has had a lifelong interest in astronomy, and is a long time member of the Houston Astronomical Society, serving the organization in many capacities. She is a strong supporter of public astronomy outreach programs and is a volunteer telescope operator at the George Observatory in Brazos Bend State Park.



Novice Presentation – 6:30 pm.

Bill Spizzirri “A Trip to the Lick Observatory”

Meeting Location: Trini Mendenhall Community Center

1414 Wirt Rd, Houson, TX 77055

                    Free parking in the lot in front of the TMCC

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