Sep 22, 2022
Light + Justice Symposium

Friday, November 4, 2022 | 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Everyone deserves good lighting and beneficial darkness.

On Friday November 4, 2022, the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) in partnership with LightJustice.org will hold a day-long virtual symposium entitled “Light + Justice” to explore the intersection of lighting in the public realm with environmental justice and social equity. It will center on three 90-minute sessions, each featuring a moderator and a panel of experts. The sessions will examine 1) the history of lighting injustice; 2) current knowledge and policy opportunities; and 3) just lighting in practice (past and current). 

“Light Justice” is an idea rooted in an ongoing conversation between Edward Bartholomew and Mark Loeffler, both lighting designers and IES members, about their mutual recognition of harmful disparities of lighting quality and inequality in the public realm. In 2020, they coined the term “Light + Justice” as the title and/or subject of numerous presentations and published articles exploring the unjust impacts of bad lighting and opportunities for the lighting industry to overcome those social and environmental inequities. In early 2022, they established the website LightJustice.org as a resource and forum for planners, designers, educators, policy makers, and community groups. As they have come to define it, “Light Justice” is the practice of planning, designing, implementing, and investing in good lighting for under-resourced communities through a process of stakeholder engagement and community-supported placemaking.

Attendees can earn up to 4.5 CEUs during the Symposium.

LIGHT + JUSTICE

REGISTRATION RATES

Membership Type
Cost
IES Member $19
Students $10
Non-Member $39

Schedule & Panelists

11:00 AM ET | Welcome

Frank J Agraz, Jr.

Frank J Agraz, Jr., LC

President, IES
Biography
Peter Hugh

Peter Hugh

DEIR Committee Chair
Biography

11:30 AM ET | Light Injustice: From Lantern Laws to Omnipresence (90 min)

Throughout American history, light has been used to suppress Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities.  This panel will trace this social injustice from past to present and how it impacts environmental and human wellbeing.

Edward Bartholomew

Edward Bartholomew

Moderator

Light + Justice

Biography
Tim Edensor

Tim Edensor

Panelist

Manchester Metropolitan Univ.

Biography
Celeste Henery

Celeste Henery

Panelist

The University of Texas at Austin

Biography
Daniel Mendoza

Daniel Mendoza

Panelist

University of Utah

Biography

1:15 PM ET | Opportunities & Barriers Now for Light Justice in the Public Realm (90 min)

As municipalities begin to recognize the problem of unjust lighting, opportunities emerge for the lighting industry to contribute to responsibly designed environments.  This panel will explain the process and hurdles for collaborative, effective, and beneficial lighting projects for previously neglected communities.

Mark Loeffler

Mark Loeffler

Moderator

Light + Justice

Biography
Bob Parks

Bob Parks

Panelist

Smart Outdoor Lighting Alliance

Biography
Robin Miller

Robin Miller

Panelist

Miller Design Group, LLC

Biography

Giovanni Zinn

Panelist

City of New Haven

Biography

3:00 PM ET | Light Justice in Practice (90 min)

The design justice movement is based on community engagement, enabling residents to be citizen experts in planning and design.  This panel will discuss initiatives and lighting projects demonstrating these community-supported design principles.

Brienne Musselman

Brienne Musselman

Moderator

Illuminating Engineering Society

Biography
Ifeoma Ebo

Ifeoma Ebo

Panelist

Creative Urban Alchemy

Biography
Francesca Bastianini

Francesca Bastianini

Panelist

Sighte Studio

Biography
Glenn Shrum

Glenn Shrum

Panelist

The New School, Parsons

Biography

4:35 PM ET | Wrap Up

Nancy Clanton

Nancy Clanton

 

Clanton & Associates

Biography
Edward Bartholomew

Edward Bartholomew

Moderator

Light + Justice

Biography

Thank you to our Light + Justice Symposium Sponsors!

For information regarding the Light + Justice Symposium, please contact Colleen Harper – [email protected].