On October 24th, 2001, the City of Flagstaff became the World’s First
“International Dark Sky City.”
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The designation was awarded by the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA), a tax-exempt non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and protecting the nighttime environment and the heritage of dark skies. The International Dark-Sky City designation is given to identify towns and cities “with exceptional commitment to and success in implementing the ideals of dark sky preservation and/or restoration, and their promotion through quality outdoor lighting.”
IDA co-Founder and Executive Director Dave Crawford presents Flagstaff Councilwoman Penny Trovillion and City Manager Dave Wilcox with the First Dark-Sky City recognition, October 2001.
Stargazers defend darkness in Arizona by Peter Friederici, High Country News December, 2001