The International Dark-Sky Association is pleased to announce the certification of Timpanogos Cave National Monument as an Urban Night Sky Place (UNSP). This International Dark Sky Place designation was developed in 2018 to draw attention to the role urban protected landscapes play in raising public awareness of light pollution. Timpanogos Cave is the first National Park Service unit to receive this certification, which recognizes the park’s efforts to actively promote an authentic nighttime experience in the midst of a significant artificial light at night. The certification also demonstrates the park’s commitment to public education and protection of night skies through the use of more energy-efficient, sustainable lighting proving the two are not mutually exclusive.
International Dark-Sky Association Executive Director, Ruskin Hartley said, “We are very pleased to announce the designation of Timpanogos Cave National Monument as the second Urban Night Sky Place. This is such a notable achievement because it underscores the fact that the lighting where we live and work counts, especially when many cities around the world are growing brighter.”