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With the International Dark Sky Association abuzz in towns and cities around the world, check out these articles featuring our very own Dripping Springs and the impact is has caused and the trends it is creating:
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"The stars are still big and bright in Dripping Springs thanks to an agressive efforts to combat light pollution. Will the rest of Texas follow this Hill Country town's lead?

In February, Dripping Springs became the first city in Texas—and only the sixth in the world—to be certified a “Dark Sky Community” by the Tucson-based International Dark-Sky Association.

Cassidy, who serves part time as the city’s lighting consultant, wants to show me that both experiences are possible, and that the starry skies over Dripping Springs—and, by extension, over the Hill Country and maybe even urban Texas—can be preserved or restored even as the state’s booming population heaps insult on the first verse of “Deep in the Heart of Texas.”

Cassidy’s pitch is this: In our well-meant effort to light our way at night, we’ve illuminated our cities and towns in a way that is inefficient, wasteful and unsafe, and that increasingly prevents us from seeing stars at night.

Instead, with moderate expense and effort, we could use smarter lighting to accomplish the same thing without turning the night into day."

Read more of the article here.

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"What do you see when you look up at night? Chances are, not much.  Increasing population and brighter lights have turned the night sky in many places from an inky black pool to a sickly yellow haze. The Milky Way, a source of inspiration for all of human history, is now visible to only an estimated one-third of Americans, according to the U.S. National Park Service. But that's starting to change. Communities from Seaside, Ore., to Dripping Springs, Texas, are adopting "dark sky" ordinances meant to preserve the night."

Read more of the article here.
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"The stars at night remain big and bright deep in the heart of Texas - thanks to the hard work and dedication of Texas Hill Country residents. The International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) announced today it was designated the first International Dark Sky Community in Texas. In Naming the Dripping Springs International Dark Sky Community, IDA is pleased to recognize local efforts to protect and preserve the character of the nighttime sky over central Texas. "Dripping Springs joins a select club as the world's sixth Dark Sky Community," said IDA Executive Director Bob Parks. "They've embraced smart lighting through effective controls that improve visibility, while preserving the night sky.'"

Read more here.