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There are lots.
There are other community groups concerned about the Santa Fe street lighting project, or lighting in nearby area communities. There are also state groups, regional groups, and national organizations.
New Mexico’s enchanted night skies are important for tourism, and the local and regional businesses that depend upon them.
Finally, there are resources that can help you understand more about lighting generally.
We can’t hope to be complete. We’ve tried to provide a good sample. If we missed you and you would like to be included, please send us an email.
Local Area Groups and Businesses
Pajarito Environmental Educational Center has worked with Valles Caldera National Preserve, Bandelier National Monument, and other regional entities to form the Jemez Mountains Night Sky Coalition (JMNSC). They are building support to make Los Alamos a Dark Sky Community.
Astronomy Adventures, based in Santa Fe, offers educational and entertaining guided night sky tours. The tours are a great way to experience the grandeur of an unspoiled night sky filled with thousands of bright, twinkling stars.
National and International Organizations
The Illuminating Engineering Society. The Lighting Experts. The IES seeks to improve the lighted environment by bringing together those with lighting knowledge and by translating that knowledge into actions that benefit the public. Not to be confused with the Illuminati.
The International Dark Sky Association. The International Dark-Sky Association works to protect the night sky from light pollution.
Regional Groups and Businesses
The Colorado Plateau Dark Sky Cooperative empowers landscape-scale dark-sky conservation efforts and leads the way in protecting natural darkness as a precious resource in collaboration with local, state, and federal agencies, tribes, businesses, nonprofits, educational institutions, and community partners throughout the Colorado Plateau and beyond.
New Mexico True, the New Mexico State Tourism Department’s web site, has an entire section devoted to attracting visitors to New Mexico for its dark skies.
Dark Sky New Mexico is an area business that capitalizes on our dark skies to host telescopes and provide remote observing to amateur astronomers throughout the world.
Casitas de Gila Guesthouses, situated 30 miles from Silver City, on the edge of the Gila Wilderness, advertises some of the darkest skies remaining in the continental United States.