City of Houston: Adopt a Lighting Ordinance to Reduce Light Pollution in Houston, TX
  • Petitioned Annise Parker

This petition was delivered to:

Mayor of Houston
Annise Parker
Houston Public Works & Engineering Director
Daniel Krueger
Houston Parks & Recreation Director
Joe Turner
Houston's Office of Sustainability Director
Laura Spanjian
Division Manager of the Administrative Office of City Council
Vernita Jones

City of Houston: Adopt a Lighting Ordinance to Reduce Light Pollution in Houston, TX

    1. Petition by

      Romic Ayvazian

      Houston, TX

Light pollution has been a growing problem for many American cities. Inefficient lighting fixtures that have been installed in the past allow excess light to escape into the skies above and significantly reduce the visibility of the night sky. The City of Houston should adopt a lighting ordinance to help combat this problem in an efficient and simple manner.

A decrease in light pollution will not only benefit those interested in astronomy. The City of Houston will be able to save money on innefficient lighting that wastes energy and excess light.  A simple lighting ordinance for the City of Houston will ensure that the city installs efficient, full-cutoff lighting fixtures to reduce the amount of light pollution in Houston and increase energy efficiency, as well as ensure that the city's old, inefficient streetlights are replaced with efficient ones in the future.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 2,000 signatures
    2. Lighting Ordinance

      Romic Ayvazian
      Petition Organizer

      I have been sending out a few emails and getting in contact with members of the Texas IDA (International Dark-Sky Association) in writing/proposing a lighting ordinance which I can include in my petition. My idea for this ordinance is to ensure that new developments in Houston use efficient lighting fixtures (as most of them already are) and also making sure that whenever the city starts phasing out and replacing many of our old, inefficient streetlights, they do so with the same efficient fixtures. Of course light is necessary in a city for protection and safety, but Houston still has many old streetlights that cast excess light into the sky instead of directly illuminating the ground below where we need it. I just need some help on where to start and how to write the proposal. If possible, I'd love to hand deliver the petition along with it's signatures and proposal to the City Council. Thanks for all the support guys, and please let friends and family know about the petition!

    3. Reached 500 signatures
    4. Here's How We Can Bring Back Starry Nights to Houston

      Jess Leber
      Petition Organizer

      My name is Romic, and I am a teenage Houstonian who loves astronomy.
      I can clearly remember when I first became interested in astronomy, not too long ago in November, 2010. We had just finished up our astronomy unit in Science and there was a lot...

    5. Mayor Annise Parker responds to the petition!

      Romic Ayvazian
      Petition Organizer

      The Mayor has written to me and has indeed visited the website and has read the petition!'s environment director suggests I focus more on one viable solution so the Mayor can think about doing more and hopefully have my ideas implemented!

    6. Reached 100 signatures
    7. Petition featured on International Dark-Sky Association's Facebook page!

      Romic Ayvazian
      Petition Organizer

      After a few emails were sent out to the International Dark-Sky Association to help spread the word, the petition was mentioned on their Facebook page!

    8. Reached 50 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Aaron Johnson SALINA, KS
      • 9 months ago

      Reducing brightness of any light system will reduce light pollution. Although, I don't need lights to navigate in my apartment,--or motel room.

    • niki kelley HUGHESVILLE, MD
      • 9 months ago

      I want to keep my community pollution free in any way i can.

    • sonja johnson EDEN PRAIRIE, MN
      • 11 months ago

      this would be a good first step not just for Houston, but other cities...more lighting is not proven to deter's just wasteful...

    • cory lathan HARTWELL, GA
      • about 1 year ago

      I hate Lights!!!

      • about 1 year ago

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