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Thu, Aug 13



Wildlife as Formgiver in Lighting Design

While lighting and design of modern buildings takes into account many human factors, the impact upon wildlife is rarely considered or understood. Stray light draws animals away from their migratory routes, impacts the flowering of plants, disrupts interspecies relationships, and much more.

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Wildlife as Formgiver in Lighting Design
Wildlife as Formgiver in Lighting Design

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Aug 13, 2020, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM


About the Event

Cutting edge design responds to the needs of the environment, and has begun to experiment with lighting controls, building forms, and building materials in order to reduce the impact of light pollution from buildings upon wildlife. This course will review case studies and modern techniques of lighting design in order to reduce the impact of light pollution upon the environment, including form factors, material selection, lighting specifications, and controls.


Jane Slade, MID, LC, IES is the Specification Sales Manager for Speclines in Massachusetts, a lighting manufacturer’s representative agency specializing in outdoor lighting for municipalities, universities, corporations, commercial developments, and transportation agencies through an interdisciplinary approach of blending design, science and the latest technology. She is also a lighting educator, consultant, and researcher at Anatomy of Night (, researching the many ways in which light impacts our environment, human health, wildlife, biodiversity, and interdependence. 

Slade is a recent Richard Kelly Grant recipient for explorations into the social and emotional impacts of light and lighting, through her work in creating lighting fixtures from waste materials in India, and through art installations focused on manipulating emotional experiences with light and color. Slade is a member of the IES Committee for Outdoor Environmental Lighting, as well as a past Vice President of the DLF of New England, having chaired the scholarship which sends university students to both Light + Building in Germany, and Lightfair in North America. Slade practices light art in her studio, Anatomy of Light (, and also teaches yoga in her home city, Cambridge, MA.


At the end of this program, participants will:

1. Identify how current lighting design practices within building design create light pollution and impact upon wildlife.

2. Look at specific building and lighting conditions that cause harm to wildlife.

3. Analyze form factors and material selection that can help reduce the impact of light pollution on wildlife, including reducing fatal flight bird collisions into buildings along migratory routes.

4. Understand case studies that have a positive impact upon wildlife through the specification of lighting & controls, form factors, material selection, and integrated lighting design. the environment.

This program is being offered at no cost thanks to a collaborative effort between ASLA Connecticut and Speclines. Registered participants will receive a link to attend the webinar. This program is approved for 1.0 LA CES non-HSW credit.


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