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Webinar: Wilflife as Formgiver in Lighting Design

18 May 2022 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT

IES Toronto Section

While lighting and design of modern buildings takes into account many human factors, the impact upon wildlife is rarely considered or understood. Stray light draws animals away from their migratory routes, impacts the flowering of plants, disrupts interspecies relationships, and much more.

Today, cutting edge design responds to the needs of the environment, and has begun to experiment with lighting controls, building forms, and building materials in order to reduce the impact of light pollution from buildings upon wildlife. This course will review case studies and modern techniques of lighting design in order to reduce the impact of light pollution upon the environment, including form factors, material selection, lighting specifications, and controls.

Learning Objectives:
At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify how current lighting design practices within building design create light pollution and impact upon wildlife.
  2. Look at specific building and lighting conditions that cause harm to wildlife.
  3. Analyze form factors and material selection that can help reduce the impact of light pollution on wildlife, including reducing fatal flight bird collisions into buildings along migratory routes.
  4. Understand case studies that have a positive impact upon wildlife through the specification of lighting & controls, form factors, material selection, and integrated lighting design.

Participants may earn one (1) Landscape Architecture Learning Credit (LACES) credit

Jane SladeJane Slade, MID, LC, IES is the Specification Sales Manager for Speclines in Massachusetts, a lighting manufacturer’s representative agency specializing in public outdoor lighting through an interdisciplinary approach of blending design, science and the latest technology. She is a lighting educator and researcher at Anatomy of Night (, researching the many ways in which light impacts our environment, human health, wildlife, biodiversity, and interdependence. Jane is the host of the podcast Starving for Darkness where these impacts are also discussed. Jane Slade is a Richard Kelly Grant recipient for explorations into the social and emotional impacts of light and lighting, through her work in creating lighting fixtures from waste materials in India, and through art installations focused on manipulating emotional experiences with light and color. She is a member of the IES Committee for Outdoor Environmental Lighting, the IES Progress Committee, a contributor to LD+A on the topic of Wildlife, and is currently writing a book about the natural daylight cycle. In her spare time, she is a yoga teacher.


18 May 2022
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT
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