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
Schedule & Panelists
11:00 AM ET | Welcome
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.
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.
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.