Woodside HOA, Houston
Debbie Moran has had a lifelong interest in astronomy. She grew up in Midland, Texas under beautiful
skies until moving to Houston at the age of 12. She has been a member of the Houston Astronomical
Society since 1980, served as treasurer there and for the Astronomical League for six years, and is currently
in charge of education for new members as well as the community. She is also a frequent volunteer
telescope operator at the George Observatory for the public in Brazos Bend State Park. Although she has
been aware of Dark Sky issues for many years, she became an accidental crusader in 2009 when her
Houston subdivision proposed installing unshielded decorative acorn lighting during street reconstruction.
Presentation: You Can Fight City Hall
Follow the fight with one small Houston subdivision's quest to get full cutoff decorative lighting approved
where others, including the large affluent subdivisions to the north had failed. When told that fighting
Houston on the issue was a losing battle, Debbie Moran decided to try to use the subdivision's small size as
an advantage. The road was not easy and there was failure at first, but a lucky reprieve allowed the north
half of the subdivision to become the first and so far only residential area in Houston to install full cutoff
decorative lighting. This talk will share with you the points that convinced Public Works and CenterPoint
Energy officials to approve their full cutoff lighting.