HAWTHORN WOODS, Ill. – The Village of Hawthorn Woods announced yesterday that it has been designated an International Dark Sky Community by the International Dark-Sky Association. Hawthorn Woods is now the second community in Illinois to receive the prestigious designation, after Homer Glem received the certification in 2011.
The International Dark-Sky Association, founded in 1988, is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and protecting the night sky from the negative effects of artificial light at night. There are 29 International Dark Sky Communities worldwide, including Hawthorn Woods.
With the adoption of a new Municipal Lighting Ordinance in September of 2019, the village has taken a comprehensive approach toward reducing light pollution, conserving energy, protecting nocturnal wildlife patterns, and promoting public safety.
According to an announcement distributed by village officials, “The Village hopes this Ordinance will serve as a model for all communities within Lake County and will continue to educate and promote the importance of sustainably maintaining our dark sky with the use of appropriate lighting at the right time and in the right amount.”
“I am proud to be part of a village that desires to preserve its rural nature and fights to maintain the natural beauty Hawthorn Woods has to offer,” said Hawthorn Woods Mayor Dominick DiMaggio.
The village plans to conduct safely distanced dark sky activities, including stargazing classes, night photography, movies under the stars, and virtual classes designed to instruct its constituents in identifying the constellations and inform them of upcoming celestial events.
As an International Dark Sky Community, the Village of Hawthorn Woods will continue its commitment to preserving the natural wonder of the night sky for current and future generations.