Protecting the Night Sky: Planning Techniques and Environmental Review

APA California Chapter, Northern Section


Thursday, May 3, 2018
5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. PDT

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Many consider the night sky as a resource that needs protection. Seeing the heavens from a dark sky area is a treasured experience, but controlling light pollution has many benefits to other resources, as well. We certainly value it on the central coast and also have several observatories that need our help! Come and listen to three speakers present the Why, How, Where, Who, What and When to protect this valuable resource.


Pinnacles National Park Ranger Elizabeth Hudick will discuss efforts being undertaken at Pinnacles National Park to become certified as a dark sky park and the importance of maintaining a dark sky. Monterey County Senior Planner Anna Quenga will then explain the efforts of Monterey County over several decades to control light pollution and what role land use jurisdictions can play in that effort. Jennifer Ban of ICF, a landscape architect with 18 years experience with visual resource analysis (CEQA and NEPA), will close the presentation with a discussion of how to address this issue in environmental documents. We will finish the evening with a question and answer session, so think about what you want to ask these experts.


The event is free for AEP members, $30 for APA members, and $40 for non-members. Please RSVP with your dinner selection (see below) by Tuesday, May 1st to: Erin Harwayne at


Elizabeth Hudick

Invited Speaker

Beth Hudick has been a Park Ranger with the National Park Service since 2008. She began her career at Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Over the last ten years, she has traveled across the country, working at five different national parks along the way. Her interest in dark skies began at ... Read More

Anna Quenga

Invited Speaker

Anna Quenga has been a public sector land use planner with the County of Monterey for over 15 years. This has provided her with a unique opportunity to work on current and long-range planning projects as well as tackle various land use issues ranging from protection of coastal resources to ... Read More

Jennifer Ban

Invited Speaker

Jennifer Ban is a landscape architect with ICF that has a background in habitat restoration/mitigation planning and design and over 18 years of experience in visual/aesthetic impact analysis for NEPA and CEQA. She works on simple to contentious projects at the programmatic and project levels and on a ... Read More

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