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Summit Speaker Series: The Economics of Dark Sky Communities

According to the New World Atlas of Artificial Night Sky Brightness, nearly 80 percent of North Americans can no longer see the Milky Way due to light pollution. Places where the night skies are free from artificial light pollution have become increasingly popular tourist destinations. Astronomical tourism, or “astro tourism,” is a form of nature-based tourism specifically concerned with the viewing of celestial objects, space and the physical universe. In this session we will explore what it means to be a dark-sky-friendly community, delve into the economic benefits of astro-tourism, and highlight a variety of night sky conservation efforts throughout the state. Watch “Economics of Dark Sky Communities” to dive into a conversation that’s out of this world.

This Summit Speaker Series’ experts are:
Aubrey Larsen – Community Development Office
Cassidy Jones – National Parks Conservation Association
Flint Timmins – Utah Office of Tourism
Crystal White – Friends of Arches and Canyonlands Parks

Event Contact

Name: India Nielsen Barfuss
Title: Program Manager
Email: indianielsen@utah.gov
Phone: (801) 538-8705