Dark Skies Project

Boulder City has received a $1.9 million U.S. Economic Development Authority (EDA) grant to retrofit every municipal light with energy-efficient, light-pollution reducing fixtures. The City and the Nevada Division of Outdoor Recreation learned about the grant on September 20, 2022.  In addition to providing significant energy cost savings for the City of Boulder City, the new dimmable, eco-friendly light fixtures will help curb harmful greenhouse gas emissions, protect natural ecosystems and native wildlife from critical light pollution impacts, and advance sustainable dark sky recreation and tourism opportunities for families and visitors. Residents are strongly encouraged to participate, but it is not a requirement. 

The lighting retrofit project will commence in 2023 and is an important step in Boulder City’s efforts to achieve Dark Skies Community Certification. If the International Dark Skies Association (IDA) approves designation, Boulder City would become one of Nevada’s first designated communities.  “I am beyond happy to see Boulder City has been awarded this grant,” said Boulder City Council Member James H. Adams, who formally proposed the project to Council. “With it, we will be able to improve the health and safety of our community, while also providing economic benefit to our local businesses.”

Click  HERE  to take Boulder City's Community Survey on Dark Skies. Survey closes November 30, 2022.

"This EDA investment in Boulder City's lighting infrastructure is a great step towards our goals of preserving the dark skies of our community and the Lake Mead National Recreation Area for their natural and cultural value," said City Manager Taylour Tedder. "My hope is that this project will help us move toward a goal of becoming a certified dark sky community, and preserve our community's quality of life. We appreciate the support of Senator Catherine Cortez Masto, Senator Jacky Rosen and the State of Nevada on this project."

“The Nevada Division of Outdoor Recreation is excited to support this innovative project to reduce light pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, while providing stellar opportunities for families and visitors to enjoy Boulder City under the stars,” said Colin Robertson, Administrator of the Nevada Division of Outdoor Recreation. “I’m grateful to our many partners – including the Boulder City Chamber of Commerce, National Park Service, and numerous outdoor recreation small businesses – for their collaboration in securing these funds and supporting sustainable outdoor recreation and tourism in Nevada. Preserving a place's special qualities like Boulder City's starry night skies, helps ensure these important natural resources can be enjoyed and protected for generations to come." 

For more information, visit DarkSky.org.

To view areas in the Southwest that have been certified by the International Dark-Sky Association, click here.

Learn about light pollution, how it affects communities, and simple actions to mitigate it in the video below.