Light + Justice

We begin with this simple premise: everyone deserves quality light (and dark). 
We continue with this reality: whether your home, workplace and neighborhood are well lighted depends on your social, economic, and environmental status.
Keynote speakers Edward Bartholomew and Mark Loeffler will lead us to the next evolution of sustainable lighting design viewed through the lens of environmental justice. They’ll describe historical precedents and current realities, share case studies of how lighting reinforces power and status, and reveal how quality lighting and quality darkness are essential for well-being.
This keynote is designed for everyone who works in the built environment and will transform the way you think about how light (and dark) touches every aspect of the work we do. 
Prepare to be enlightened.
Light equity is a new concept for many in the NESEA community, and we know this presentation will generate many questions. To address those questions and help you integrate the concepts presented, we are offering a live Q&A with the keynote speakers on Thursday, May 6 at 1:30pm.

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Wednesday, May 5, 2021 - 10:30am to 11:30am

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1 (no prior experience/knowledge needed)

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Learning Objectives:

  • Explain how quality lighting is used as a signifier of power, status, and privilege and has been denied to marginalized communities.
  • Identify historical precedents that led to lighting being used as a tool of surveillance, policing, and the control of nocturnal behavior.
  • Examine, through case studies, how neighborhoods are impacted by the unequal application of lighting in the environment.
  • Describe examples of “just” versus “unjust” lighting, including how to incorporate it into practice.

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