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Cities Adopting Policies To Prevent Bird-Building Collisions, Including Lighting

Cities Adopting Policies To Prevent Bird-Building Collisions, Including Lighting

Some estimates are that up to one billion birds each year are killed in collisions with windows. A new report titled, “Building Safer Cities for Birds: How Cities Are Leading the Way on Bird-Friendly Building Policy,” details the growing number of cities, municipalities, laws, and policies that are reducing deadly bird collisions with buildings. The report was published by the Law, Ethics, and Animals Program at the Yale Law School (LEAP) and the American Bird Conservancy (ABC).

Bird-friendly construction practices include:

  • Glass treatments, such as coatings, fritting, and etching
  • Exterior insect screens
  • Exterior blinds
  • Architectural details that shield large panes of glass
  • Reducing light pollution

The report features five case studies of policies passed in New York, NY; Arlington County, VA; Madison, WI; Cupertino, CA; and San Francisco, CA. Since 2008, over 20 U.S. cities and municipalities have passed bird-friendly building policies.

The full report can be found here.

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David Shiller
David Shiller is the Publisher of LightNOW, and President of Lighting Solution Development, a North American consulting firm providing business development services to advanced lighting manufacturers. The ALA awarded David the Pillar of the Industry Award. David has co-chaired ALA’s Engineering Committee since 2010. David established MaxLite’s OEM component sales into a multi-million dollar division. He invented GU24 lamps while leading ENERGY STAR lighting programs for the US EPA. David has been published in leading lighting publications, including LD+A, enLIGHTenment Magazine, LEDs Magazine, and more.


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